- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A top Democratic donor is in Iowa calling on 2016 presidential candidates to talk about climate change.

California billionaire Tom Steyer appeared Wednesday at Drake University. He says he came to the kickoff caucus state because of the role it plays in the presidential nominating process.

Steyer says 2016 hopefuls from both parties should be talking about climate change and renewable energy sources, like wind production. He says his political action committee, NextGen Climate Action, has an Iowa operation that will remain in place, though he declined to say how much money he may spend in the state in the coming year to push his message.

Steyer sought to make climate change an issue in 2014. He gave a total of almost $74 million to his super PAC and others.

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