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Self-described 'climate change candidate' campaigns for president in Detroit

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) isn’t the only Democrat running for president campaigning in Michigan Tuesday.

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee is positioning himself as the climate change candidate. He toured parts of Detroit to promote his “evergreen economy” plan.

Inslee’s plan would wean the U.S. off coal, oil and gas over the next decade. 

“We have to have a president who will step up to the plate and put some teeth into stopping the use of coal, oil and gas,” Inslee told reporters as he stood outside the Marathon oil refinery. 

Inslee says his plan would create 8 million new jobs over the next decade by investing in new technology, infrastructure and manufacturing.

The Republican National Committee blasted Inslee’s green economic plan.

“Inslee may think he has the moral high ground when it comes to climate change, but he’s just another 2020 hypocrite scooting unrealistic and costly policies,” says RNC Spokesperson Michael Joyce.

But Inslee believes promoting an aggressive climate change agenda will elevate him to the upper rank of a crowded Democratic Party primary field.

“We are finding a surge of interest in our candidacy around this clean energy message,” says Inslee, who’s hoping to ride that surge to higher pool numbers and campaign donations. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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