"I'm calling Jay Inslee and I'm running for president, because I'm the only candidate to be able to beat climate change at the top of our country's priorities," said the governor in a video of more than one a minute highlighting his past for decades, he focuses on climate change and compares the treatment of this issue to that of President John F. Kennedy who wishes to visit the moon.
"We are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change, and we are the last to be able to fix it," said Inslee. "We can do that, join our movement, it's our moment."
The video ends with a series of videos directly presented by voters and supporters, who say: "Our moment". Among them are Bill Nye, the famous television star known as "Bill Nye the Science Guy", who often talks about climate change.
He will lead his campaign in Seattle, making his campaign the only operation of 2020 to date based on the west coast. It will follow Friday's announcement by a trip to Iowa and Nevada in the coming days, added a councilor.
Inslee, who headed the Association of Democratic Governors in 2018, toured the country beating Democrats for the governorship, but also took advantage of these trips to talk to Democrats about his program focused on democracy. climate change. Inslee told reporters and his relatives that he was emboldened by what he had heard from these Democrats and that he believed that there was in the country a hunger for someone. One with particular attention to climate change.
"We know that we must have a candidate who will make climate change and building a clean energy economy a central goal, a principle of organization for the American people and we need to A president who does the same, "Inslee told CNN in February.
"I am excited about this because while traveling the country, I hear people waiting for the White House clearing call," Inslee continued. "Kennedy told us that he was going to go to the moon.We need a similar appeal to the American people about it."
Inslee has been in office for much of the last three decades. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in Washington in 1989 and the US House of Representatives in 1992. However, Inslee lost his bid for re-election in 1994, an election cycle called "Republican Revolution". "after the party picked up 54 seats in the House.
After failing the 1996 governor election, he successfully ran for Congress in 1998, a position he held until he was elected governor in 2012.
Inslee, by raising the minimum wage in the state of Washington, helping to pass a law on paid holidays throughout the state and by establishing a moratorium on the death penalty, has become a progressive leader since his appointment as governor in 2013. But his profile really improved after the election of President Donald Trump. After the president's inauguration in 2017, Inslee became an opponent of the Republican leader, including suing him after Trump attempted to ban immigration from several Muslim-majority countries.
Although Inslee has sought to make Washington State more carbon-neutral during its tenure – notably by investing in a national fund to help businesses become green in Washington – the governor has not been able to do so. not adopted a carbon tax in 2018, scathing defeat for environmentalists after years of attempts to combat climate change through economic incentives. The proposal, which voters rejected by 13 percentage points, would have imposed a tax of $ 15 per metric ton of carbon emissions, making Washington the first state in the country to increase the cost of high-intensity activities. fossil fuels.
President Inslee's tenure as President of the Democratic Governors Association during the 2018 cycle has also helped to raise awareness. During the year, Democrats elected seven governorates across the country, a fact the governor touted in the aftermath of the mid-term elections.
He faces a significant level of skepticism on the part of Republicans on climate change. Trump, as president, left the Paris climate agreement and said he did not believe in government reports that would lay severe warnings on the impact of climate change. Republicans now hope the Democrats will focus on the issue, including through the recently proposed Green New Deal, at the center of their attacks on the party in 2020.
Inslee largely rejects Trump's comments on climate change, saying the president does not understand where the American people are, especially young people.
"Donald Trump is fundamentally fearful and pessimistic," he told CNN. "He does not think we're smart enough to do that, he's just wrong about the American people."
Inslee praised the Green New Deal, claiming that it "raises people's ambitions" and "makes everything seem impossible to the extent possible", but the governor did not not outright stated that he would support the package as a whole.