Inslee knocks Trump for wind turbine remarks

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert Inslee2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum Overnight 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' MORE (D) took aim at President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE during a CNN town hall on Wednesday over Trump's claim that the noise from wind turbines causes cancer.

Inslee, who has centered his 2020 presidential campaign on the issue of climate change, remarked that wind turbines "cause jobs," not cancer.

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“We know how dire this situation is," Inslee said. “…[W]ind turbines don’t cause cancer, they cause jobs,” he continued, drawing laughter and applause from the audience.

His remarks came in response to Trump's claim made during a speech to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s spring dinner earlier this month, during which he claimed that "they say the noise [from wind turbines] causes cancer."

Inslee has called for climate change to be the primary issue of the 2020 election, pointing to recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that claim the world has roughly a dozen years to get carbon emissions under control or risk major changes to the Earth's climate.

“We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change and we are the last generation that can do something about it. And we’ve got one shot and that’s the next administration," he told CNN's "State of the Union" last month.

"We have to have this be the primary, first, foremost and paramount duty of the next administration because the world’s on fire and we’ve got to act and we’ve got a climate denier in the White House," Inslee added at the time.

Inslee faces a crowded field of contenders for the Democratic Party's nomination, including high-profile candidates like Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll The polls are asking the wrong question Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Iowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Warren avoids attacks while building momentum MORE (D-Calif.). Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUkrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' Warren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll MORE is also widely expected to enter the race in the coming weeks.