Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is running for president, and he’s staking his White House claim on his commitment to fighting climate change.

But who is Inslee and what does he want to do? Here’s a quick reminder of his environmental efforts so far:


He’s pushed new regulations and standards to push businesses to get greener. But he’s struggled to find a plan that will get enough legislative votes, pass legal muster or win voter approval.  

Inslee has been forced to walk a tightrope when it comes to oil trains and the future of oil transport. He closed the door on a proposed oil terminal just across the river from Portland.  

Under his watch, Washington became the first state in the country to phase out nonstick chemicals in food packaging. 

His budget proposal for the coming fiscal year includes new spending to protect orcas.  

And the current legislature is working to send him a bill that would raise fuel standards at gas pumps to reduce pollution.    

His preparation for a president campaign has cost Washington taxpayers, and not just in the increased carbon footprint caused by all that travel.  

And finally, he’s had to make some hard calls on the climate and his daily commute.