Washington Gov. Jay Inslee discussed his “100% Clean Energy for America Plan” Friday at the new Los Angeles Department of Transportation Bus Depot in Little Tokyo, hours after releasing it.
Inslee — a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination – – unveiled a 10-year plan that will set a national 100% clean electricity standard, require 100% carbon-neutral power by 2030, reach 100% zero emissions in all new light- and medium-duty vehicles and all buses by 2030; and achieve 100% zero-carbon pollution from all new commercial and residential buildings by 2030.
“We must recognize that there is a dark cloud over America, and that is the dark cloud of climate change caused by carbon pollution that is an existential threat to the people of the United States,” Inslee said.
Inslee viewed Los Angeles’ new electric buses and electric vehicle charging stations and discussed the clean energy bill recently passed in his home state.
Inslee was joined at the bus depot by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who discussed his Green New Deal for Los Angeles released on Monday. The plan includes a list of aggressive new environmental goals for the city.
Garcetti said the plan included “a carbon-neutral city by 2050. A Los Angeles where every building, every skyscraper, commercial development and every home will be emissions free by 2050. Eighty percent of L.A.’s vehicles being zero emissions by 2035 thanks to buses and cars like these, and by 2030 we’ll have the largest all-electric bus fleet in the United States.”
Inslee also expressed support for Measure EE, the parcel tax measure to increase funding for the Los Angeles Unified School District that will appear on the June 4 ballot which Garcetti is supporting.
This was the second time in two weeks Garcetti has appeared with a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. He toured the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in Playa Del Rey with New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker on April 22.
When Inslee announced his candidacy March 1 at a solar installation company in Seattle, he said he was running “because this is our moment, our moment to solve America’s most daunting challenge and make it the first, foremost, and paramount duty of the United States — defeating climate change.”
Inslee also is scheduled to appear on the HBO talk show “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday evening.
Inslee is making his third trip to Southern California since declaring his candidacy. On March 11 he met with residents of a Malibu Hills mobile home park devastated in the Woolsey Fire. Inslee visited the L.A. Cleantech Incubator on April 18.
Inslee was in San Francisco Thursday, appearing on the Climate One podcast, touring a house retrofitted with solar panels and meeting students pursuing clean energy careers through workforce education.
Republican National Committee Spokeswoman Christiana Purves called Inslee’s environmental agenda a “pie in the sky” effort doomed to failure.
“Jay Inslee comes to California ignoring his own failures as an `environment-first’ governor,” Purves said. “A staunch supporter of a pie in the sky Green New Deal that would cost Californians trillions of dollars, Inslee still failed to get similar policies off the ground in his own home state despite, having a Democrat-controlled legislature. Voters see through Inslee’s candidacy as another failed attempt to push pipe dreams on California families, and not real solutions.”
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