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Gov. Inslee is 'seriously considering running for president' to fight climate change

Washington Governor Jay Inslee wrote an article in The Washington Post saying he is 'seriously considering running for president' to fight climate change.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee penned an op-ed Thursday in The Washington Post saying the Democratic Party must nominate a 2020 presidential candidate who is serious about fighting climate change and that Inslee is “seriously considering running for president.”

“To win a national mandate for action everywhere, we must nominate a candidate who will deploy clean energy and cut carbon pollution on the ambitious scale required, even if it means deferring other worthy goals,” Inslee wrote.

The op-ed is the latest in a series of hints that Inslee may pursue a 2020 presidential bid. Inslee said last month he's considering a run and has two trips to New Hampshire planned, including a visit to Dartmouth College where he will address climate change.

A two-term governor, Inslee has pushed to fight climate change in Washington state. A 2018 executive order paved the way for a zero-emission state ferries fleet and more battery-electric vehicles. In his State of the State address earlier this week Inslee asked lawmakers to pass a proposal to require utilities to provide carbon-free electricity by 2045 and called for implementing a clean fuel standard to require fuel producers to reduce carbon emissions.

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If he does decide to run, Inslee could face a slew of other Democratic candidates. Seven other Democrats have announced campaigns or formed exploratory committees, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. Over a dozen have hinted they are weighing their options.