For Immediate Release, June 24, 2019

Contact: Bill Snape, (202) 536-9351, billsnape@centeractionfund.org

Center Action Fund Statement on Jay Inslee’s Freedom From Fossil Fuels Plan

TUCSON, Ariz.— Today presidential candidate Jay Inslee released the Freedom from Fossil Fuels Plan: A Plan to End Corporate Welfare, Hold Polluters Accountable and Transition the U.S. Economy Off of Fossil Fuels. The Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, the 501(c)(4) political arm of the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity, praised the plan as the first truly comprehensive plan for addressing fossil fuel extraction and pollution released by any US candidate or elected official.

“This is the first plan to address the nation’s dirty fossil fuel problem on the scale the science demands,” said Bill Snape of the Center Action Fund.  “Despite increasing understanding of the urgency and severity of the climate emergency, plans that respond proportionately have been thin on the ground.  Inslee’s plan to phase out fossil fuel extraction in tandem with harnessing the full power of the Clean Air Act to cap greenhouse gas levels is truly comprehensive and ambitious. It’s a game-changer.”

Inslee’s plan includes a suite of measures that are scientifically required to avoid the most catastrophic consequences of climate change and for which advocates have pushed for many years, including banning new fossil fuel leasing and phasing out fossil fuel production, full enforcement of existing laws like the Clean Air Act, reinstating the crude oil export ban and extending the ban to stop all fossil fuel exports, banning fracking, ending all fossil fuel subsidies and launching a massive federal reinvestment to create millions of jobs building America’ clean energy future.

The Center Action Fund is devoted to electing county, state and federal lawmakers with unshakable environmental values, and to promoting progressive policies and laws that protect endangered species, preserve public lands and ensure all people live free from harmful pollution.

The Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund is a national nonprofit organization that advocates for legislation and legislators that will advance a progressive environmental agenda. The Center Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the Center for Biological Diversity, but these organizations’ names are not interchangeable.