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Democratic 'climate change candidate' outlines plan to wean U.S. off fossil fuels

Democratic presidential candidate and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee speaks during the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco, California, U.S. June 1, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

The Democrat running as the “climate change candidate” in the 2020 presidential election laid out a strategy on Monday for weaning the United States off fossil fuels that includes banning drilling on public lands and ending crude oil exports just as the country is poised to become the world’s biggest producer.

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee released what he called his “Freedom from Fossil Fuels” plan, the fourth part of a multi-pronged policy platform that details how he would tackle climate change through clean energy jobs, foreign diplomacy and recalibrating the U.S. economy.

The plan takes aims at one of the centerpieces of the Trump administration, its “energy dominance” agenda, which has loosened environmental regulations to spur more oil, gas and coal development on private and federal land and encouraged exports.

Inslee said contrary to President Donald Trump’s view that fossil fuel production is an economic driver, an aggressive shift toward clean energy would be an economic boon.

“We are for the jobs of the future. Trump wants to chase the phantoms of past,” Inslee told Reuters.

Inslee’s plan outlines 16 initiatives that would form his national energy policy and aim to weaken the fossil fuel industry that he says has been “driving the climate crisis.”


24th June 2019

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