UCF Global Perspectives


Jay Inslee Announces Candidacy; Prioritizes Climate Change

John Heinbockel, Alexandra Cousteau Environmental and Global Climate Change Fellow

March 7, 2019

Governor Jay Inslee of Washington announced his candidacy for president and said he plans to focus on climate change. In his announcement speech, Inslee said the US needs to shift priorities towards solving climate change which he called, “America’s most daunting challenge,” (AP).  Inslee will be running as a Democrat against at least 12 other candidates in the 2020 election (NYT 1). This is the most candidates that have officially entered for a primary at this point since 1972, and the number is expected to grow (NYT 1).

As governor, Inslee led Washington to join the US Climate Alliance, a group of states promising to follow the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement emissions standards (NY). According to Inslee, no other candidate has ever had a campaign as climate change oriented as he will (AP).  Experts such as Professor Travis Ridout of Washington State University say other than climate change, it is difficult to find “signature policy focuses,” (NYT 2). With many young people joining climate change movements and calling for more action, Inslee said, “it’s my job and others to put policy behind it,” (NY).






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