The State of Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee is making his central issue, that of climate change in his bid to become the 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidate. He has become an avid advocate and expert on this subject. He is to climate change what the other announced democratic contender Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is to crony capitalism.
He is a voice that needs to be added to the upcoming debates among those who plan to throw in their hats to become the next Democratic Party presidential candidate.
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On January 2, 2019, Edward Isaac Dovere of the Atlantic penned the following report, “Jay Inslee Is Betting He Can Win the Presidency on Climate Change” (“The Washington governor believes his focus on the environment will resonate with voters. But can he persuade enough Americans to pay attention to him?”)
“What if a meteor were hurtling toward the Earth, about to kill millions and reshape life on the planet as we know it?”
“And what if the president, instead of doing anything to help, made it worse in just about every way, and called it a hoax (and any solutions a scam) instead of the very real, very clear disaster taking shape?”
“And what if all the Democrats running to beat him in the next election went on and on about how concerned they were and how it’s our most pressing problem—but none had ever done much more than talk about the problem, and for the most part only started doing that in just the past few years?”
“That’s where Jay Inslee thinks America is when it comes to climate change. And that’s why he’s going to run for president. The question is whether he can convince anyone else that he’s a big-enough player to be a serious candidate.”
“When you’ve been working on something for over a decade, and now seeing people awakening to that, it’s just really gratifying and heartening,” the Washington governor recently told me, sitting in his private study on the top floor of the governor’s mansion. When it comes to climate change, there now appears to be “an appetite for someone who has credibility and a long track record and, most importantly, a vision statement. It’s changed to show an opening in a Democratic primary, I believe.”
“Inslee has been on the expansive list of would-be Democratic presidential contenders since the 2016 election, mostly because he was then one of the few Democratic governors left in the country. He didn’t take the talk seriously at first, nor did anyone else, and he certainly wasn’t doing anything to help it along. But as the 2018 midterm campaigns came to an end, he read through searing international and federal climate-change assessments, took a trip to view the wildfire damage in California, and thought through the larger moment for the country—and he shifted.”
“Now “we’re laying the groundwork that would make this a feasible thing in the relatively short term,” Inslee told me.”
“If there is a new Democratic president come 2021, he or she will get pulled in all sorts of policy directions. Inslee says he has one priority: global warming. It’s not theoretical, or a cause just for tree huggers anymore. Putting off dealing with it for a year or two or kicking it to some new bipartisan commission won’t work, he says. He plans to focus on the threat that climate change poses to the environment and national security—the mega-storms and fires causing millions in damages, the weather changes that will cause mass migrations, the droughts that will devastate farmers in America and around the world.”
“Even more so, he wants to talk about the risk to American opportunity. “We have two existential threats right now: one is to our natural systems, and one is to our economic systems,” he said.”
“As he did in Washington State, Inslee would propose a mix of government investments and incentives to spur other investment, restrictions on power plants and emissions, and programs to promote R&D and job growth. An endless number of jobs can be created in the climate arena, Inslee says. It’s the way to make a real dent in income inequality and have the Democratic Party bring tangible solutions to communities in rural America that have been left behind. With his inaction, President Donald Trump—Inslee calls him “the commander in chief of delusion”—is engaged in a “disgusting selling-out of the country,” a “crime” against the aspirational optimism of America.”
“Inslee is lining up donors and adding them to the political-action committee he launched in December. An official presidential exploratory committee is next. Aides note that he’s attracted new supporters and fans after serving as the Democratic Governors Association chair last year; with Inslee at the helm, Democrats in November picked up seven governorships. He’s put together an email list of 200,000 climate advocates, which could become a beachhead of support around the country. Friends have offered to move to Iowa for him.”
“His campaign, such as it is, seems a lot more seat-of-the-pants than the machines Senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris have slowly assembled. For now, he seems to be counting on being able to stand out on his record—and preparing for future battles with Trump by testing out zingers like “I wish nothing but the best for Donald Trump, including having the top bunk.”
“Inslee has been in politics for 30 years. He started off in the Washington State legislature and served for more than a decade in Congress. He was elected governor in 2012 and has, without much national notice, pursued arguably the most progressive and greenest agenda in the country, with fields of solar panels, fleets of electric buses, and massive job growth to show for it. And years before anyone was tweeting about the “Green New Deal,” Inslee wrote a climate-change book while he was in Congress: Apollo’s Fire, a 2007 blueprint for how much economic and entrepreneurial opportunity there is in saving the planet.”
“Other Democrats are, suddenly, talking about climate change. Bernie Sanders prioritizes it in all his speeches, and a few weeks ago he held a “national town hall” on what he called “the great crisis facing our planet, facing humanity.” Michael Bloomberg used a screening of a documentary on clean-energy alternatives as the feint for a trip to Iowa last month, and says he’ll push his fellow candidates to develop climate-change plans. Booker, Harris, and Warren have all voted in the Senate on progressive environmental bills, and Tom Steyer has written huge checks to many green causes.”
Link to entire article: : The Atlantic
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Gronda, thanks for introducing Inslee. This is precisely the issue Dems need to play up as the urgency is paramount. His track record on climate change and public service is exemplary. Thanks, Keith
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Governor Jay Inslee makes a great expert on the issue of climate change. As a governor and an executive, he knows how hard it can be to champion the cause of climate change which he has been doing in his state.
As per Gov. Inslee’s website, his proposed 2019–21 biennial budget makes significant investments in clean energy. Inslee’s budget invests in clean electricity, buildings and transportation. This builds on efforts already underway across the economy to transition to 100% clean energy, construct ultra-efficient buildings, establish a clean fuel standard, electrify the state’s transportation system and phase down super-pollutants in certain products.
Yet, in November 2018,, a New Green Deal (tax on carbon) went down to defeat. For climate hawks, this was a pretty big set back.
I see Climate Change as one of the major issues that need to be focused on, both in the 2020 election and prior. I also see Warren’s major issue of getting corporate $$$ out of politics as a major, important issue. I don’t think it’s realistic to focus on a single issue, though, for there are many very important ones. In addition to the two aforementioned, there is gun regulation, civil rights (which are being rolled back as we speak), re-entry to the Paris Accord, nuclear proliferation, election integrity (gerrymandering, disenfranchisement, etc) and I think a solid platform that covers all these issues is necessary, rather than campaigning on just a single issue. I do like Inslee’s ideas, but would still want his ideas on other issues as well.
On the other hand … a candidate might succeed best by putting down women & minorities, and bragging about his/her sexual conquests 😉
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Gov. Jay Inslee has run the State of Washington very well. It could be considered a liberal bastion.
As per Geek Wire, Credit reporting site WalletHub compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 27 metrics for economic health and opportunity in the report. The study resurfaced this week when Visual Capitalist, a digital media brand, compiled the data in the infographic below.
Washington ranked No. 1, driven by factors like strong gross domestic product growth, exports per capita, and percentage of high-tech jobs.
Washington’s first place spot is particularly notable because the state has relatively low investment per capita, according to the report. Washington’s per capita investment is $154 while California’s is $800 and New York’s $378. Washington’s lack of venture capital is often cited as a reason the state doesn’t have more startup activity.
The top three states — Washington, California, and Utah — all have relatively similar tax burdens, according to the report. That led venture capitalist and progressive rabble-rouser Nick Hanauer to tweet this:
Socialist hell hole Washington State ranks #1 economy. At what point do conservatives begin to clue in to the fact that it is conservatism that makes them poor?
In short, Gov. Jay Inslee can also sell his executive skills where his state is very economically sound while delivering on everything conservatives hate like a green state, great accessibility for its residents to quality healthcare, education, safety nets, etc.
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