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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 InsleeWashington state officials warn providers offering VIP vaccine access Legislators go after governors to rein in COVID-19 powers Inslee rebukes hospital over vaccine appointments for donors MORE (D) on Tuesday evening said that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits 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 SandersSenate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Senate mulls changes to .9 trillion coronavirus bill NFL's Justin Jackson praises Sanders for opposing Biden's USDA nominee 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 SteyerGOP targets ballot initiatives after progressive wins On The Trail: The political losers of 2020 Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far MORE (D), Minnesota Attorney General Keith EllisonKeith EllisonOfficials: Barr blocked officer plea deal in George Floyd death The one question about climate change only the courts can answer Minnesota bar vows to stay open despite lawsuit, ban on indoor dining MORE (D) and Rep. Andy LevinAndrew (Andy) LevinDemocrats unveil bill to end tax break for investment managers Foreign adversaries skewer US after Capitol riots Biden taps Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for Labor secretary: report MORE (D-Mich.).