02.13.2019

Jay Inslee on Why He Wants to Be Known as “The Climate Guy”

Christiane Amanpour speaks to Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a potential 2020 candidate, to discuss environmental dangers on the horizon and why he wants to be known as “the climate guy.”

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WELL LET ME ASK YOU WE JUST SET UP THE FACT YOU'RE EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITY OF A CANDIDACY FOR 2020.

OBVIOUSLY USING THIS AS THE MAJOR ISSUE.

ARE YOU GOING TO JUMP IN?

THIS IS REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT.

WHY NOT?

HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW.

WE KNOW WE HAVE TO HAVE A CANDIDATE WHO WILL MAKE CLIMATE CHANGE AND BUILDING A CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY A CENTRAL FOCUS, AN ORGANIZING PRINCIPLE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND A PRESIDENT WHO WILL DO THE SAME.

AND THE REASON IS WE UNDERSTAND THE BASIC NATURE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

WHAT WE INVENT AND WE CREATE AND BUILD, THIS IS OUR MOMENT.

YOU MENTION THE 11th HOUR, IT IS THE 11th HOUR.

BUT IT IS OUR TIME TO SHINE.

IT IS OUR MOMENT BECAUSE THIS IS REALLY JUST MADE FOR MY STATE AND MY NATION TO LEAD AND JOIN THE WORLD IN DEVELOPING A CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY.

WE KNOW WE CAN CREATE JOBS BY THE THOUSANDS AND MILLIONS BUILDING THE ELECTRIC CARS AND SOLAR PANELS AND WIND TURBINES AND EFFICIENCY IN OUR BUILDINGS.

THIS IS THE GREATEST NOT ONLY PERIL OF OUR TIME, BUT I BELIEVE PROMISE OF OUR TIME FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND WE'RE EXPERIENCING THAT NOW IN WASHINGTON STATE.

SO, YES, I AM EXPLORING THIS.

LY HAVE A DECISION HERE IN WEEKS, NOT MONTHS.

AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT THIS BECAUSE AS I'VE TRAVELED THE COUNTRY, I HEAR PEOPLE WAITING FOR THAT BUGLE CALL FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.

WE HEARD IT FROM KENNEDY WHEN HE SAID WE'RE GOING TO THE MOON AND WE NEED A SIMILAR CALL ON THIS AND WHEN THEY RECEIVE THAT, I BELIEVE THEY'LL RALLY TO THIS CAUSE.

YOU TALK ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE.

YOU OBVIOUSLY HEARD WHAT -- HOW WE DESCRIBED WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID.

YOU KNOW, GOOD LUCK WITH THAT CARBON FOOTPRINT AND LET'S ELIMINATE EVERYTHING, EVEN THE MILITARY.

I GUESS THE QUESTION IS, HOW DO YOU SPEAK TO PEOPLE LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES WHO DO FEEL THAT THEY STILL NEED CONVINCING, IF THEY'RE EVER GOING TO BE CONVINCED THIS IS A DRAIN ON THE ECONOMY, THAT THIS WILL END THE WAY OF LIFE AS THEY KNOW IT.

YOU KNOW, HOW DO YOU CONVINCE THEM?

WELL I'M MUCH MORE INTERESTED IN THE BELIEFS AND VALUE SYSTEMS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAN THE NARCISSISTIC PERSON WHO WANTS TO REMAIN WILLFULLY IGNORANT IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

I'M INTERESTED IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND WHAT THEY ARE TELLING ME AND I'VE BEEN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND NEVADA AND IOWA RECENTLY, IS THAT THEY ARE READY TO GROW THEIR ECONOMY AROUND A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE.

LOOK, I'VE GOT PEOPLE, THE LARGEST MANUFACTURER OF CARBONTC CARS IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE IN MY STATE IN MOSES LAKE.

WE'RE BUILDING BATTERIES LIKE CRAZY FOR ELECTRIC CARS IN IN IOWA THEY BUILT A MULTI-MILLION DOLLARS WIND TURBINE INDUSTRY AMONG THE SOY BEANS AND CORNFIELDS.

I'M HEARING FROM AMERICANS THAT THEY ARE READY TO JUMP START THIS CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY.

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Christiane Amanpour speaks about climate change with Jay Inslee, the Governor of Washington; Anna Taylor, an environmental youth activist; and James Balog, an environmental photographer. Michel Martin speaks with Tarell Alvin McCraney & Andre Holland, the screenwriter and executive producer of “High Flying Bird.”

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