Yang floats nominating Inslee as 'climate czar'

Yang floats nominating Inslee as 'climate czar'
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Presidential hopeful Andrew YangAndrew YangWarren, Yang fight over automation divides experts Yang cautions Democrats: Impeachment might not be 'successful' Yang defends Gabbard: She 'deserves much more respect' MORE said Thursday he would consider tapping former competitor Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeOvernight Energy: Farmers say EPA reneged on ethanol deal | EPA scrubs senators' quotes from controversial ethanol announcement | Perry unsure if he'll comply with subpoena | John Kerry criticizes lack of climate talk at debate John Kerry calls out lack of climate questions at debate CNN catches heat for asking candidates about Ellen, Bush friendship at debate MORE to serve as a climate czar in his administration.

Yang’s comments came at a MSNBC climate forum held at Georgetown University in response to a question about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Yang said he would nominate an EPA administrator “that believes in the EPA," and attacked current EPA Administrator Andrew WheelerAndrew WheelerOvernight Energy: Dems subpoena Perry in impeachment inquiry | EPA to overhaul rules on lead contamination tests | Commerce staff wrote statement rebuking weather service for contradicting Trump Hundreds of former EPA officials call for House probe, say agency's focus on California is politicized EPA to overhaul rule on testing for lead contamination MORE for saying the climate change threat is still 50 to 75 years out. 

But the entrepreneur also said tackling the climate crisis may require a “climate czar.”

"I'm sure Jay Inslee would love that role," Yang said.

Before dropping out of the presidential race, Inslee focused his campaign squarely on addressing climate change, and candidate Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Warren, Yang fight over automation divides experts Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE (D-Mass.) has said she would adopt Inslee’s plans as part of her own platform for tackling climate change.