Jay Inslee, the Governor of Washington State who on March 1 declared himself a (long-shot) candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States, has given up on that campaign and will instead seek a third term as Governor next year.
Inslee, more than any other candidate in the race, had sought to identify himself with the issue of global warming and with the proper federal/regulatory response to such warming. He also sought to persuade the Democratic National Committee to devote one of the candidates’ debates specifically to that issue. He was unsuccessful in this.
Inslee’s passion about the issue of global warming was fueled by a trip he took last year to view some of the devastation caused by recent wildfires in California.
The Thing to Know:
Other candidates are attempting to pick up the global-warming banner as their own. Senator Bernie Sanders, in particular, recently announced the details of his own plan to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the United States by 2050. Sanders proposes federal spending to this end that would have a staggering price tag: $1.6 trillion a year for ten years.