Inslee knocks Trump for wind turbine remarks

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert Inslee121 University of Washington students test positive for coronavirus Barr praises Seattle police chief as officers clear protest zone OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats chart course to 'solving the climate crisis' by 2050 | Commerce Department led 'flawed process' on Sharpiegate, watchdog finds | EPA to end policy suspending pollution monitoring by end of summer MORE (D) took aim at President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad 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 SandersTammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream On The Money: Deficit rises to record .7 trillion amid pandemic: CBO | Democrats sidestep budget deal by seeking 0B in emergency spending | House panel advances spending bill with funding boost to IRS Biden-Sanders unity task force calls for Fed, US Postal Service consumer banking MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocrats awash with cash in battle for Senate Tammy Duckworth hits back at Tucker Carlson: 'Walk a mile in my legs' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump wants schools to reopen, challenged on 'harmless' COVID-19 remark MORE (D-Calif.). Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Tammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream Mexico's president uses US visit to tout ties with Trump MORE is also widely expected to enter the race in the coming weeks.