Jay Inslee, the Washington state governor and veteran Congress member, threw his hat in the ring on March 1, 2019 on a platform of environmental protection and stopping climate change. “This is our moment,” Inslee and a host of supporters, including Bill Nye, the “science guy” declare in his introductory video. As governor, Inslee is pushing privacy regulations for the tech industry, and new technology in the maritime industry to make it more efficient.

But while late-night talk show hosts influence perceptions of presidential candidates, Inslee prefers introducing himself to the US public by way of “The View” on ABC and “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO.

In his video announcement, Inslee stated, “I’m running for president because I am the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation’s number one priority.” During a press conference in Seattle that followed the video’s release, Inslee outlined goals such as achieving 100% renewable energy usage, creating clean-energy jobs, and ending fossil fuel subsidies.

Before serving as governor of Washington, Inslee was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 1995 and from 1999 to 2012.


[1] Inslee addresses combating climate change in “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

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It’s been a busy summer so far for Inslee. On July 26, 2019, Inslee announced his platform on unions and workers. In addition to a $15 minimum wage, guaranteed paid family leave, and banning right-to-work laws, Inslee called for barring companies to hold meetings with individual workers to discourage them from unionizing or asking prospective employees for their salary history.

On July 29, 2019. Inslee issued his community climate justice platform focused on climate inequality. His plan included tracking pollution hotspots and climate change effects, establishing an Office of Environmental Justice, spending $1.2 trillion on frontline communities, and creating a universal clean energy service fund to address energy insecurity. Inslee spoke about water infrastructure during a campaign visit to Flint, Michigan. Politico reported that the pro-Inslee super PAC Act Now on Climate spent six figures on an attack ad against Biden, Buttigieg, Harris, Sanders, and Warren that will air in Iowa during the debates and the week after

July 31, 2019: The second night of the second Democratic presidential primary debate was broadcast from Detroit, Michigan, on CNN. Inslee participated. At the debate, Inslee called Donald Trump a white nationalist while discussing immigration and said the U.S. needed to expand its refugee programs. Inslee said his climate change plan was called the gold standard and that the U.S. could not delay getting off of coal and fossil fuels past a timeline of 10 years.
 


[2] In “The View,” Inslee talks about his environmental record and discusses the urgency of climate change.

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Age: 68
Years in politics: 24

Who gives him money: A new super-PAC, Act Now on Climate, was formed in February to support Inslee’s run. It won’t accept corporate donations, and Inslee’s campaign says it will shun money from the fossil-fuel industry. In the past, he’s been funded by the electronics and tech industry and affiliated unions, particularly Microsoft, which is headquartered in his state.

Biggest idea for the economy: Stopping climate change can boost economic growth, and create millions of new jobs as the US transitions to “100% clean energy and net-zero greenhouse gas pollution,” Inslee says. He proposes removing subsidies and tax breaks for the fossil-fuel industry, and supports the Green New Deal.

Social media following: Twitter: 168,000, Facebook: 135,000 (personal page) and 110,000 (governor page), Instagram: 9,200.

People who will like this candidate: Inslee’s long history of sounding the alarm on climate change will endear him to anyone worried about looming environmental disaster; his tech-focused solutions for the country’s woes are likely to appeal to that industry.

People who will hate this candidate: Climate science deniers, fossil-fuel industry executives, wealthier individuals opposed to his capital gains tax proposals in Washington state.

 


[3] Inslee talks to Trevor Noah. About what else? Climate change.

 


And it looks like Inslee enjoyed his Comedy Central guest spot.


 

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