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 InsleeVaccine mandates put unions in a bind Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Armadillo army takes over North Carolina town Washington redistricting commission fails, punts maps to Supreme Court MORE (D) on Tuesday evening said that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Dole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 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 SandersStudy: Test detects signs of dementia at least six months earlier than standard method The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Omicron tests vaccines; Bob Dole dies at 98 Democrats see Christmas goal slipping away 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 SteyerYouth voting organization launches M registration effort in key battlegrounds Overnight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline MORE (D), Minnesota Attorney General Keith EllisonKeith EllisonAttorney says ex-officer will testify at trial in Daunte Wright killing Former Rep. Raúl Labrador running for Idaho attorney general Keith Ellison seeking reelection as Minnesota attorney general MORE (D) and Rep. Andy LevinAndrew (Andy) LevinMcCarthy delays swift passage of spending plan with record-breaking floor speech Biden, top officials spread out to promote infrastructure package Jailed American journalist freed from Myanmar arrives in New York MORE (D-Mich.).