Inslee calls Biden climate plan 'perfect for the moment'

Inslee calls Biden climate plan 'perfect for the moment'
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Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeBarr asked prosecutors to explore charging Seattle mayor over protest zone: report Bottom line Oregon senator says Trump's blame on 'forest management' for wildfires is 'just a big and devastating lie' MORE (D) on Tuesday evening said that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report MORE’s climate plan is “perfect for the moment.”

“It’s perfect for the moment. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am [by] what Joe Biden has come up with under this energy plan,” Inslee said during a virtual event held by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) climate council.

Inslee, who was one of a number of Democrats who ran in the party's presidential primary before ending his campaign in August 2019, had put forth an ambitious environmental plan that climate activists considered the gold standard.

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He endorsed Biden’s candidacy in April after it became clear that the former vice president would become the party’s eventual nominee. Since then, Biden, in an effort to court progressive voters, has put forth an expanded climate and infrastructure plan.

On Tuesday, Inslee specifically praised the plan’s scope, use of environmental standards and its focus on racial justice.

“Every time he’s picked up a tool against climate change, he’s picked up a tool against social inequality and racial inequality at the same time,” the governor said. 

“We’re going to have a great champion and that is Joe Biden,” he added. 

The DNC climate council formed last year and describes itself as a “permanent entity of the DNC” and it is led by Michelle Deatrick, who has been a surrogate for progressive Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJacobin editor: Primarying Schumer would force him to fight Trump's SCOTUS nominee Trump campaign plays up Biden's skills ahead of Cleveland debate: 'He's actually quite good' Young voters backing Biden by 2:1 margin: poll MORE (I-Vt.). 

Around the time that the group had formed, some advocates wanted the DNC to host a climate-specific debate for candidates running for its 2020 nomination, although that never materialized. 

Its virtual event also featured speakers including former presidential candidate Tom SteyerTom SteyerTV ads favored Biden 2-1 in past month Inslee calls Biden climate plan 'perfect for the moment' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration finalizes plan to open up Alaska wildlife refuge to drilling | California finalizes fuel efficiency deal with five automakers, undercutting Trump | Democrats use vulnerable GOP senators to get rare win on environment MORE (D), Minnesota Attorney General Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonOfficers in George Floyd's death appear in court, motion for separate trials Ex-Minneapolis officer involved in Floyd death asks judge to dismiss murder charge Over 50 current, former law enforcement professionals sign letter urging Congress to decriminalize marijuana MORE (D) and Rep. Andy LevinAndrew (Andy) LevinInslee calls Biden climate plan 'perfect for the moment' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: 20 states sue over Trump rule limiting states from blocking pipeline projects | House Democrats add 'forever chemicals' provisions to defense bill after spiking big amendment | Lawmakers seek extension for tribes to spend stimulus money House Democrats add some 'forever chemicals' provisions to defense bill after spiking major amendment MORE (D-Mich.).