Democratic White House hopeful Jay Inslee unveiled a plan this morning that requires all U.S. electricity to be “carbon-neutral” by 2030 and mandates all new car and light truck sales to be zero-emissions vehicles by the same date.
Why it matters: It’s the first detailed policy plank from Inslee, the Washington governor running on the untested theory that a campaign devoted to fighting global warming can gain traction in national politics.
Details: The plan also calls for all new residential and commercial buildings to be zero-carbon by 2030. Power, transportation and buildings together account for roughly 70% of U.S. emissions, it notes.
But, but, but: Big portions of the proposal would require legislation, including new mandates, investments and tax credits, clouding its prospects.
Inslee has been outspoken in calling on Democrats to kill filibuster rules if they regain the Senate.But it also notes that much can be carried out with executive power. (Think stuff like tougher Clean Air Act rules and stronger appliance efficiency rules.)
The big picture: Inslee’s overall goal is for the U.S. to have net-zero greenhouse gas emissions “as fast as possible” but no later than 2045, while cutting emissions in half by 2030.
Friday’s proposal will be followed by subsequent plans for