Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:55 PM
freshwest (53,650 posts)
Jay Inslee, Democratic Governor of Washington State!
Above, Jay and Trudy meet with the Dalai Lama. My favorite list of things he's done:
Though a member of the Bill Clinton New Democrat Coalition, Inslee has accumulated a liberal voting record and expertise on high-tech issues.
Inslee was awarded a "Friend of the National Parks" award by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) in 2001 for his support of legislation protecting the integrity and quality of the National Park System.
Inslee was the first public figure to propose an Apollo-like energy program with an op ed in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, on December 19, 2002, and in a series of similar pieces in other publications. Eventually Inslee co-authored Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy, in which he argues that through improved Federal policies the United States can wean itself off of its dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuel, create millions of Green-collar worker jobs, and stop global warming. Along these lines, he has been a prominent supporter of the Apollo Alliance.
Inslee strongly believes the Environmental Protection Agency should remain authorized to regulate green house gas emissions. In a 2011 House hearing, Inslee said Republicans have "an allergy to science and scientists," during a discussion of whether the Regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act should remain in place following a controversial court finding on the issue.
He has been an outspoken critic of the George W. Bush administration's decision to 2003 invasion of Iraq. On July 31, 2007, Inslee introduced legislation that called for an inquiry to determine whether then United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should be impeached. Gonzales eventually resigned.
Inslee voted for the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care law.
Van Jones has visited Washington state and I hope that his organizing skills will be used here or elsewhere. Perhaps in D.C. if Glenn Beck, his chief hater, retired to the farm as promised...
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