6. Jay Inslee heads to New Hampshire
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, who is weighing a climate-focused presidential run, is heading to New Hampshire later this month to chat with college students in the crucial early primary state.
Why it matters: It's a sign that Inslee is moving toward a White House bid — one that would ensure climate and energy, typically second-tier topics in national politics, are part of the race if he gains any traction.
What's next: Inslee will do separate events at Dartmouth College and Saint Anselm College on Jan. 22, when he will discuss why climate change "must be the first priority of the next President," the announcement states.
- And on Jan. 21, he'll speak at a New Hampshire fundraiser for the League of Conservation voters.
And let's round things out with a couple other climate politics and policy notes...
Congress: Rep. Cathy Kastor gave USA Today a glimpse of her plans as chairwoman of the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis that House Democrats are setting up. Here are 2 snippets from the interview...
- She said the panel is "going to press for dramatic carbon pollution reduction."
- "Right off the bat, we will tackle fuel economy standards, make sure the Commerce Committee and the (Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) are focused on that. The Financial Services Committee has to do a flood insurance reform bill. We will be involved in that as well," she said.
Green New Deal: We're starting to see more action around creating the policy scaffolding for what's now a pretty broad set of concepts and a popular slogan.
- Via Politico, Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said the Green New Deal should include his years-long call for overhauling the existing patchwork of energy industry tax incentives. From his op-ed...
"The dirty relics of the past century should be replaced with just three new energy tax incentives: one for clean energy, one for clean transportation fuel and one for energy efficiency. "
"Under this new system, benefits would be received only if carbon emissions are decreased or eliminated."