Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday promised a group of environmental activists that Washington state will “lead the world in an energy revolution.”
“This is the spot,” Inslee said in a short speech before a couple hundred activists crowded around the Capitol rotunda. “This is the spot, right here, where an international revolution is going to begin in how we power our economy.”
Among other policy items, Inslee pledged to reduce carbon emissions in the state’s transportation system, give electric cars more places to recharge and ensure a thorough review of a proposal to bring coal trains through the state.
“There are 1,000 things that we need to work on to get this job done,” he said.
Inslee, a Democrat, earned a reputation in Congress for being outspoken on environment issues.
Before Inslee’s speech, Washington Conservation Voters executive director Brendon Cechovic called him the “greenest governor in the United States.”