Inslee: Majority of 2020 Democrats have shown 'intense interest' in climate plan

Inslee: Majority of 2020 Democrats have shown 'intense interest' in climate plan
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Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeOvernight Energy: Trump officials formally revoke California emissions waiver | EPA's Wheeler dodges questions about targeting San Francisco over homelessness | 2020 Dems duke it out at second climate forum Yang floats nominating Inslee as 'climate czar' The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate MORE, a former Democratic presidential candidate, said Wednesday that several candidates have expressed interest in his climate plan after Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all Sanders hits 1 million donors MORE (D-Mass.) adopted his plan as part of her presidential platform

"We offered my plan as an open source document and all the candidates are welcome to use it," Inslee told CNN, adding that he has "spoken to the majority of candidates who have shown an intense interest in this."
    "So I think we're now in a place that is really healthy where the Democratic Party is, I believe, going to produce a candidate to really make climate change a focus," he added. 
    Inslee last month ended his climate-focused presidential bid. The Daily Beast reported last week that several remaining candidates contacted the governor regarding climate policy.
    He told CNN on Wednesday that he was glad to see candidates taking the issue seriously. 
    "We have seen, I think, an arms race now, in a good way, of candidates competing to have the most effective plans and I think that's a good thing," he said. 
    Warren said in a Wednesday Medium post that she was "committing to adopt and build on Governor Inslee’s ten-year action plan to achieve 100% clean energy for America by decarbonizing our electricity, our vehicles, and our buildings."
    "And I’m challenging every other candidate for President to do the same," she added. 
    Twenty candidates, including Warren, Harris and Buttigieg, are competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.