America's Climate Mission

Building a Just, Innovative and Inclusive Clean Energy Economy

As Americans, this is our moment to act on climate change and to invest in a clean energy economy that will grow millions of jobs in communities across the country.

Governor Jay Inslee knows that defeating climate change is the defining challenge of our time and that it must be the foremost priority for the next president. Devastating disasters and rising pollution have claimed lives, cost the economy billions and threatened the places Americans live, work and raise families.

Jay’s climate plan will meet the climate challenge head-on, while creating jobs building a clean energy future. That’s what he has done in Washington state, and it’s what he’s proposing for the nation.

It is time for an all-out national climate mobilization: America’s Climate Mission. America is a nation of optimists that has always thrived in meeting new challenges, with hope, opportunity and inclusion. This Climate Mission is Jay’s ambitious and actionable plan for our nation to defeat climate change and invest in our clean energy future, fueled anew by the growing movement for a Green New Deal, and he has the proven experience to turn this plan into action.

Governor Jay Inslee and workers

Jay has been at the forefront of national efforts to combat climate change. In 2007, he co-authored a book — Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy — calling for a moonshot mission to take on this challenge. In Congress, he played a leading role advancing the growth of U.S. clean energy industries, by ensuring that the 2009 Recovery Act made record investments in renewable energy, efficiency, smart grid, energy storage, electric vehicles and other clean energy technologies and green infrastructure.

Since being elected governor in 2012, Inslee has been called “the greenest governor in the country,” making Washington state a national leader on fighting climate change and growing clean energy jobs, as well as a leader among states in wage and overall economic growth. As governor, Jay created a landmark Clean Energy Fund to invest in innovative new technologies to grow clean energy businesses. He also passed the largest and greenest transportation infrastructure package in state history. He has fought to reduce carbon pollution and reinvest in front-line communities. In 2017, Inslee co-founded the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of states dedicated to upholding America’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, despite President Trump’s attempt to renege on the pact.

Through Jay’s Climate Mission, America will build upon the leadership of states and local communities, and engage the full energy of our country in a 10-year mobilization to confront climate change, end our reliance on fossil fuels, and create a clean energy future. This mission must be led by the White House — starting with bold action on day one of the next administration. There is no time to lose.

Jay’s Climate Mission is based upon 4 key principles. 

Powering our economy with clean energy

We will accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy and net-zero greenhouse gas pollution through targeted strategies for all sectors of our economy, both urban and rural: electricity, transportation, buildings, clean and competitive industries and sustainable and thriving agriculture.

Investing in good jobs, infrastructure & innovation

We will create millions of good-paying jobs over the next 10 years, benefitting every community, through major new investments in American industries and manufacturing, modernized infrastructure, skilled labor and clean technology innovation.

Fighting for environmental justice & economic inclusion

Every American deserves the right to clean air and clean water — regardless of the color of their skin or their zip code. We will work with front-line, low-income, and indigenous communities and communities of color to build opportunity, resilience, energy democracy and ensure pollution-free communities. We will recover those regions impacted by climate disasters. And we will ensure a just transition.

Ending fossil fuel giveaways

We will end billions in fossil fuel subsidies and handouts, and hold polluters accountable for the health impacts and environmental harm in American communities. That means transitioning off fossil fuels, while protecting workers and diversifying the local economies that depend on them today.

Seattle Times

Praise for Jay Inslee

“Inslee is a passionate and persistent advocate for the environment who should play an important role making this a top priority in the 2020 presidential race.”

New York Times

Praise for Jay Inslee

“...I also find myself excited by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement that he’s considering a presidential run centered on the battle against climate change. Perhaps this is naïve, but his entry could encourage a substantive argument about progressive priorities, one that transcends facile theater criticism, ideological purity tests or horse-race handicapping.”

- Michelle Goldberg
The Atlantic

Praise for Jay Inslee

“On his watch, the state has boosted health care, increased access to early-childhood education and college, raised the minimum wage, expanded paid family leave, invested in infrastructure, and established in-state net neutrality, all while leading the country in job growth, overall personal-income growth, and GDP.”

Washington Post

Praise for Jay Inslee

“That seems to be his greatest selling point — creating a progressive haven while growing the economy, raising wages and saving the planet. If Inslee can articulate a vision entirely at odds with Trump’s and evidenced by his successful stewardship, he could be onto something.”

- Jennifer Rubin