Jay Inslee Wants to Put Americans to Work in the Clean Energy Economy

by Ryan Schleeter

May 16, 2019

Today, Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee released the second installment of his climate plan, his outline for an “Evergreen Economy.” The platform includes historic investments in clean energy and sustainable infrastructure as well as measures to help fossil fuel industry-dependent communities and workers secure high-paying, union jobs in the renewable energy economy.

In response, Greenpeace USA Climate Campaigner Charlie Jiang said:

“Inslee is right to recognize that moving off fossil fuels isn’t just imperative for our climate, it’s a massive economic opportunity. We have the chance right now to create millions of new, family-sustaining jobs in the renewable energy economy, a chance our next president cannot afford to pass up. Most importantly, Inslee’s plan recognizes that the workers being exploited by the fossil fuel industry and those on the frontlines of climate disasters should be the first to benefit.

“In contrast with Trump’s ‘energy dominance’ plan — which has nothing to do with American workers and is simply a cover to allow corporate polluters to continue their business as usual — this is a vision rooted in justice that puts people first. The fossil fuel economy has poisoned communities around the globe just to line the pockets of a handful of billionaires, but we can make sure the clean energy revolution will leave no one behind.”

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Notes:

Inslee’s full “Evergreen Economy” plan is available here.

To maintain independence, Greenpeace USA does not endorse or oppose any political candidate or elected official. We work to hold all candidates for office to the standard that science says is necessary to avert climate crisis, which means supporting a Green New Deal and ending fossil fuels.

Contact:

Ryan Schleeter, Senior Communications Specialist, Greenpeace USA: +1 (415) 342-2386, ryan.schleeter@greenpeace.org

Ryan Schleeter

By Ryan Schleeter

Ryan Schleeter is a senior communications specialist with Greenpeace USA covering climate and energy. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, Grist, GreenBiz, EcoWatch, and more. Find him on Twitter @ryschlee.

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