‘We’re the last [generation] who can do something about it…’
The Democrat, who remains an unknown to most voters outside the West, plans to run a campaign built around his record fighting global warming, a crusade he says must take priority over everything else.
The unconventional approach was unveiled in a campaign launch video.
“I’m running for president because I am the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation’s No. 1 priority,” Inslee says in the video.
But the Governor nothing to show in the way of results from his efforts.
Despite boasting about reducing carbon dioxide, and an entire agency he established (called “Results Washington”) to show how the efficient management of his administration is cutting emissions, he appears to be “hiding his work.”
“We have no idea how we are doing because the data have not been updated,” wrote Todd Myers, director of the Center for the Environment at the conservative Washington Policy Center.
Inslee set aggressive targets for CO2 reduction. But according to Myers’s review of the Results Washington website, the governor had never held meetings to review his clean energy goals, and his staff did not even to know what the goals were.
And now, Myers reports, Inslee’s carbon dioxide reduction goals have been removed entirely from the Results Washington website.
“Those goals are only meaningful if the governor follows through, keeping the data up to date and checking in to stay on track, which he has not done,” Myers wrote.
Nevertheless the 68-year-old governor will hold his first campaign event Friday afternoon at a solar installation facility in Seattle.
Climate change long ranked low on the scale of voter priorities, unless one takes seriously surveys conducted by radical leftist groups.
A recent poll by the progressive Center for American Progress, funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, claims that Democrats in five states with early primaries — including hopelessly left-wing California — rank climate alongside healthcare as the issues that concern them most.
The Washington governor’s campaign will seek to distinguish him from the many other primary candidates — almost all of them better-known than Inslee — who also are making the fight against global warming a key campaign point.
But Inslee has an uphill battle for recognition. A Morning Consult poll that surveys 5,000 Democratic voters daily found that Inslee could not even register one percent of support against real or potential primary opponents.
His misleading video and biography highlight the substantial climate action Washington state has pursued under his watch.
But Washington also stands out as an example of the political limitations of climate change.
The boldest efforts Inslee has championed — at the ballot box and in the Legislature — to reorient the state’s economy around the fight against warming have so far failed.
Inslee argues that all big social change comes with setbacks along the way.
“We’re the first generation to feel the sting of climate change,” he said in the video. “And we’re the last who can do something about it.”
©2019 Los Angeles Times. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Liberty Headlines editor Paul Chesser contributed.