Ex-Inslee staffers launch climate group with $1.5T stimulus proposal

Ex-Inslee staffers launch climate group with $1.5T stimulus proposal
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A group of former staffers who worked on 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’s (D) presidential campaign formally announced on Thursday the launch of a group that aims to push Congress and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee 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 on climate issues. 

The group, called Evergreen, previously put forward a 200-page climate manifesto that included portions of the then-candidate’s climate plan including the goals of 100 percent clean electricity by 2035, slashing subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, creating a Climate Conservation Corps, and revitalizing the economy through investment in green technology and clean energy. 

On Thursday, the group, along with progressive think tank Data for Progress, proposed what it called a “Clean Jumpstart” $1.5 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan. 

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They call for federally funding state and local clean energy programs and providing incentives for technology in the areas such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and electric vehicles, among other provisions. 

“What we’re putting forward here is quite concrete and actionable, but it’s also very big vision,” said Evergreen co-founder Bracken Hendricks. 

Hendricks added that the approximately 30-page proposal aims to drill down on a “transformative investment package” based on Inslee’s climate plan. 

The launch comes as the House considers its own $3 trillion coronavirus bill, which includes provisions that aim to prevent utility shutoffs due to customers’ inability to pay but does not have clean energy-specific measures.