Overnight Energy — Presented by Job Creators Network — Inslee unveils first of many climate proposals for 2020 | Inslee plan gets backing of key green group | Free concert tickets flow to Interior secretary, despite ethics questions

Overnight Energy — Presented by Job Creators Network — Inslee unveils first of many climate proposals for 2020 | Inslee plan gets backing of key green group | Free concert tickets flow to Interior secretary, despite ethics questions
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INSLEE ROLLS OUT FIRST CLIMATE PROPOSAL: 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 (D) unveiled his first proposal on climate policy on Friday, saying that if elected president he will work to transition the U.S. electric grid, vehicles and buildings to run on 100 percent clean energy.

It's the first in a series of climate-focused proposals the 2020 candidate said he intends to roll out in the coming weeks.

Inslee is basing his presidential campaign on a "climate mission" agenda to battle global warming and create jobs over the next decade.

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Inslee's is the fourth climate plan to be offered by a Democrat in the White House race. The others have come from Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash Ocasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders MORE (Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerGabbard hits back at 'queen of warmongers' Clinton The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Former public school teacher: Strikes 'wake-up call' for Democratic Party MORE (N.J.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeSuper PAC seeks to spend more than million supporting Yang Krystal Ball rips media for going 'all-in' on Buttigieg's debate performance The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges MORE (Texas).

The details on his proposal: The new plan aims for an energy grid that would be zero emissions and zero carbon use by 2030. It also aims for all new vehicles and buildings to be emissions free by 2030.

Inslee would seek to close all coal-fired power plants in the U.S. to achieve the goal.

"It is appropriately ambitious based on scientific necessity and wistfully confident about a can-do nation that can raise our vision to be the first to build a clean energy economy," Inslee told The Hill in an interview.

Many of the specifics in the bill mirror Inslee's work as Washington state's governor. For example, Inslee put a plan in place to end coal-fired plant production by 2025. He's also boosted electric car infrastructure and created a clean energy fund to finance green projects. He also was a major backer of the state's push to implement a carbon tax last year, but it ultimately failed to pass the ballot.

Inslee said the plan highlights his commitment to fixing the global climate crisis, especially in comparison to his now 21 Democratic challengers, of which many have said climate change is a top issue.

"It is a plan that I have shown a visceral commitment to. This not just in the past 72 hours but the past decade," Inslee said.

"It is the first priority and the top priority and the foremost obligation. It can't be something you just do the first day, you have to do everyday."

As Washington's governor, Inslee put a plan in place to end coal-fired plant production by 2025.

Other tenets of the national climate plan including spurring job growth in the energy sector by investing tax dollars to deploy renewable energy, improve battery storage technology, jump-start electric vehicle manufacturing and create energy-efficient buildings.

More on Inslee's plans and the politics here.

 

 

Many parts of Inslee's plan are similar to the goals laid out in the Green New Deal, a progressive climate plan introduced in the House in February by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders Ocasio-Cortez throws support to Sanders at Queens rally MORE (D-N.Y.).

And other Green New Deal backers seem to be fans....

 

SUNRISE SUPPORTS INSLEE'S PLAN: A group that's one of the biggest proponents of the Green New Deal threw its support behind Inslee's plan just days after criticizing an environmental plan put forth by former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas). The Sunrise Movement, a youth climate organization, has been adamant that White House hopefuls adhere to a 2030 goal for reaching net-zero carbon emissions. The group praised Inslee for pledging to match that timeline.

"Jay Inslee's first policy proposal shows that he's willing to put the full weight of the federal government behind a 10-year full-scale mobilization to move towards the 100% clean energy future we deserve," Executive Director Varshini Prakash said in a statement Friday. "This is the spirited commitment to bold climate action that young people are looking for in our next president."

More on the support here.

 

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WONDER WHAT BERNHARDT LIKES TO GROOVE TO?: The Department of the Interior's latest contract with a National Park Service concert venue again provides 20 years of free tickets for department's secretary.

The Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, located outside of Washington, D.C., has provided free tickets to the department since the 1970s, something the department's Office of Inspector General (OIG) has advised against for almost as many years.

An agreement between Interior and the nonprofit that runs Wolf Trap guarantees eight tickets per show to the secretary, reaching an estimated value of $43,000 in entertainment per year.

Last year, the OIG again flagged the issue, recommending the department undertake an ethical review of the arrangement. Interior complied with that request, but a spokeswoman for OIG said they've yet to see a policy governing how those tickets might be used.

"The ethics opinion agreed with our conclusion that these tickets have not been handled appropriately in the past," said Nancy DiPaolo, director of external affairs for Interior's OIG, told The Hill. "There needs to be a transparent policy for how they give out and account for these tickets."

Read more on the controversy here.

 

ON TAP NEXT WEEK:

The Senate is a little light on E&E hearings next week, but the House has got us covered.

On Tuesday, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt will be back before Congress as House appropriators dig into the budget for the Department of Interior.  

On Wednesday, the House Transportation Committee will look into the vulnerability of maritime infrastructure in a changing Arctic, while the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife takes up a whole bunch of bills.

On Thursday, Energy Secretary Rick Perry will defend his budget before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, while the Committee on Homeland Security reviews how to improve FEMA contracting after past disasters.

 

OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY:

California's latest weapon against climate change is low-tech farm soil, NPR reports.

American Indian tribe bans GOP governor from reservation over opposition to Keystone protestors. More here.

Florida Senate passes measure that would ease post storm power outages, CBS Miami reports.

 

ICYMI:

Stories from Friday...

Three tons of garbage removed from Mount Everest

American Indian tribe bans GOP governor from reservation over opposition to Keystone protestors

Gov. Inslee unveils first of many climate proposals for 2020

Group backing Green New Deal supports Inslee climate plan

Free concert tickets flow to Interior secretary, despite ethics questions