Climate change at heart of Jay Inslee’s pitch for US presidency

Another candidate is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 2020 presidential election.

Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington state, declared climate change the nation’s most pressing issue and promising to build his White House bid around it.

“It is time for our nation to set a new priority,” Mr Inslee told supporters gathered at a solar panel business in Seattle.

“This is truly our moment.

“It is our moment to solve America’s most daunting challenge and make it the first, foremost and paramount duty of the United States, and that is to defeat climate change.”

The 68-year-old former congressman becomes the first governor to enter a race dominated by senators.

Montana governor Steve Bullock and former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper are eyeing presidential campaigns.

It will not be easy for Mr Inslee to garner attention with six prominent senators, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, already running.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke also are expected to make highly anticipated 2020 announcements in the coming weeks.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Washington governor Jay Inslee  (Ted S. Warren/AP)</figcaption>
Washington governor Jay Inslee (Ted S. Warren/AP)

But Mr Inslee said his emphasis on combating climate change will set him apart from his competitors and from Republican President Donald Trump.

“Climate change is a unifying issue,” Mr Inslee said in a recent interview, calling it a moral necessity and an economic opportunity.

He promises substantial investment in clean energy sources that reduce American dependence on fossil fuels.

“This issue is connected to virtually every other value system and thing we want to do in our communities,” he said, mentioning environmental justice, infrastructure, clean energy, health care and national security.

Mr Inslee argues that no presidential candidate has hinged a campaign as heavily on climate and environmental policy as he will.

The winner of the Democratic primary process will be nominated by the party to challenge Mr Trump in the November 2020 election.

- Press Association

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