The Washington Post

One name seems to be popping up increasingly in the chatter about possible picks to replace the likely departing Steven Chu as secretary of energy: Tom Steyer, head of Farallon Capital Management, one of the world’s biggest hedge funds

Steyer, a billionaire and major Democratic donor, is highly regarded by the White House, snagging a coveted spot at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Steyer wrote a multimillion-dollar check and teamed with former secretary of state George Shultz to help defeat a referendum that would have rolled back California’s ambitious renewable energy legislation. And he donated millions to create sustainable energy and a finance center at Stanford University, and $25 million to launch an energy sciences institute at Yale.

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