Billionaire enviromentalist Tom Steyer addresses students at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles on Oct. 28, 2014 with Gov. Jerry Brown at left and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León at the right. The three strongly supported legislation last year to cut gasoline use in California in the name of combating climate change but were forced to remove that portion of the bill because of opposition from moderate Democrats in the Assembly.
Billionaire enviromentalist Tom Steyer addresses students at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles on Oct. 28, 2014 with Gov. Jerry Brown at left and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León at the right. The three strongly supported legislation last year to cut gasoline use in California in the name of combating climate change but were forced to remove that portion of the bill because of opposition from moderate Democrats in the Assembly. Damian Dovarganes Associated Press file
Billionaire enviromentalist Tom Steyer addresses students at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles on Oct. 28, 2014 with Gov. Jerry Brown at left and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León at the right. The three strongly supported legislation last year to cut gasoline use in California in the name of combating climate change but were forced to remove that portion of the bill because of opposition from moderate Democrats in the Assembly. Damian Dovarganes Associated Press file
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Dan Walters' column appears in dozens of California newspapers. He joined the Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975 and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. He and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee in 1984. Contact him at dwalters@sacbee.com or 916-321-1195. Twitter: @WaltersBee