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

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

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeAndrew Yang ends presidential bid Bloomberg, Steyer focus on climate change in effort to stand out Our government and public institutions must protect us against the unvaccinated MORE, a former Democratic presidential candidate, said Wednesday that several candidates have expressed interest in his climate plan after Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll 2020 Democratic candidates support Las Vegas casino workers on debate day Sanders takes lead in new Hill/HarrisX poll 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."
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    "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. 
     
    Warren and nine other Democratic presidential candidates will appear Wednesday in a climate town hall hosted by CNN. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe CNN signs Andrew Yang as contributor How the media fall in and out of love with candidates MORE (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll 2020 Democratic candidates support Las Vegas casino workers on debate day What to watch in the debate tonight MORE (D) on Wednesday released climate plans ahead of the town hall in which they will also appear. 
     
    Twenty candidates, including Warren, Harris and Buttigieg, are competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.