In his own words: “I am running for President of the United States because our country must embark on an all out national effort to defeat climate change. In doing so we can simultaneously create millions of good-paying jobs building our American clean energy economy. But meeting this challenge requires a national mobilization that must be led by the White House, and I am the only candidate for president who has declared unequivocally that this must be the highest priority for the next administration.
Furthermore, as grandparents, Trudi and I know that this is the most important work that we can do for our three grandchildren, and for grandchildren across our country – to devote ourselves to ensuring that their lives and their futures are not degraded by a world racked by unabated climate change.Learn More »
I am calling for a new national Climate Mission – a plan that is underpinned by four key principles: 1) Powering our economy with clean energy, which includes accelerating the transition to 100% clean energy and net-zero greenhouse gas pollution; 2) Investing in good jobs, infrastructure and innovation; 3) Fighting for environmental justice and economic inclusion; and 4) Ending fossil fuel giveaways. This is an agenda that builds upon the proven successes of states and local communities, such as those in Washington state, and that will empower the federal government to lead the effort to squarely confront this crisis and to build a more just, innovative and inclusive American clean energy economy.
This plan is built on my experience as governor and in Congress, as I’ve been proud to help make Washington state a national clean energy leader. I have appreciated the opportunity to partner with each of your organizations over the past three decades as we have fought to confront climate change, invest in clean energy, and to protect clean air, water, public lands and natural resources. This includes passing one of the first state Renewable Portfolio Standards, in Washington in 2006; partnering together to pass unprecedented clean energy investments, advance climate legislation and to protect the Clean Air Act, during my time in Congress; and furthering Washington state’s climate leadership, including creation of a Clean Energy Fund and enactment of the largest, greenest infrastructure package in state history. As governor of Washington, I was also proud to be a co-founder of the U.S. Climate Alliance, to show the world that Americans stand with the global community in the Paris Climate Agreement.
At this time, the progress that we have made is threatened, and the accelerating devastation of climate change demands greater action. It is my hope that we can now stand together again to help lead our country in confronting the defining challenge of our time: defeating climate change.”
(Source: candidate survey)