Ocasio-Cortez calls Jay Inslee's climate plan the 'gold standard'

Ocasio-Cortez calls Jay Inslee's climate plan the 'gold standard'
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Cuts to big bill vex Democrats Biden, Democrats risk everything unless they follow the Clinton pivot (they won't) Harris takes central role in climate fight MORE (D-N.Y.) has chosen a winner among the White House candidates who have proposed a climate policy proposal so far: Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Boosters take a big step forward Fired WSU football coach suing school over illegal termination Nearly 1,900 Washington state employees quit, fired over vaccine mandate MORE.

The Green New Deal champion praised the Democratic governor of Washington's climate proposal Tuesday, calling it the “gold standard climate plan.”

“Jay Inslee’s I think is the gold standard climate plan that we have right now,” Ocasio-Cortez told The Hill Tuesday.

“I do think that Jay Inslee’s plan is a phenomenal blueprint and example of where we need to go. It’s got the scale, the jobs and justice,” she added.  

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Inslee, who is running his presidential campaign almost entirely on the issue of climate, has released multiple climate plans that address different sectors of climate action. The main component of his plan aims for an energy grid that would be zero emissions and zero carbon use by 2030.

The Green New Deal, which aims to transition the United States to a renewable electric grid through the creation of green jobs and economic equality, calls for a similar timeline.

Ocasio-Cortez’s praise for Inslee's plan follows the release of Joe BidenJoe Biden White House: US has donated 200 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world Police recommend charges against four over Sinema bathroom protest K Street revenues boom MORE’s own long-anticipated climate plan Tuesday morning.

The lawmaker criticized the former vice president’s policy for failing to scale as quickly as necessary. Biden’s plan would invest $5 trillion to bring the U.S. to net-zero carbon by 2050 — a much slower timeline than the one she backs.

“Scientifically, anything that is less than helping us cut carbon emissions in half by 2030 is going to be too late,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“It’s a start, and I think that what that has shown is a dramatic shift in the right direction, but we need to keep pushing for a plan that is at the scale of the problem,” she added.

Inslee also hit Biden’s proposal Tuesday, telling reporters in Michigan, “This is our last chance. We don't have 30 years to get this job done. ... I believe we have to have a president who will look at the CEOs of the oil and gas and coal industry and tell them to stand down."

Biden joins Inslee and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) as one of only three major Democratic candidates who have released comprehensive climate plans.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money — Democrats eye tough choices as deadline looms Under pressure, Democrats cut back spending Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program MORE (D-Mass) released a plan Tuesday morning focused specifically on growing green manufacturing jobs. Ocasio-Cortez said she had not yet read the plan.

Ocasio-Cortez, however, shied away from a direct endorsement of Inslee for president, saying she isn’t planning to endorse anyone “anytime super soon.”

But she did throw her support behind recent calls for the Democratic National Committee to hold a debate focused entirely on the topic of climate change. Warren and Inslee have both backed the idea.

“That’s absolutely what we need. We went all the way through 2016 without any substantive climate change questions in the presidential debates, so I think they owe us one,” Ocasio-Cortez said.