Rep. Jay Inslee

Jay Inslee was first elected to Congress in 1992 and served until 1994, and then was elected from the 1st Congressional District in Washington in 1999. He serves on the Energy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He was recently named by Nancy Pelosi to the new House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming and also serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources. He is the primary sponsor of the New Apollo Energy Act, and a leading advocate for renewable energy and author of Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy (Island Press).

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Let’s keep the ‘clean’ in the Clean Air Act

You don’t want to disappoint these kids.Photo: Sean Suddes/Sierra ClubChildren’s health won’t be improved by the Republicans’ Dirty Air Act. From Seattle to Pittsburgh, children can be found outside, playing football and baseball, or just playing a good game of tag. However, hundreds of thousands of children are unable to take part because the air they breathe is making them sick. It was disturbing, then, last week that the Energy and Commerce committee held a hearing in which Republicans were pushing ahead on legislation to gut the Clean Air Act and retire important safeguards against the very pollutants that cause …

No time to waste

Senate needs to get back to work on clean-energy bill, says Washington rep

Copenhagen may not have been a giant leap for mankind, but it was a step forward. So as the Congress returns to work this year, its post-Copenhagen duty remains the same as its pre-Copenhagen responsibility:  to pass an energy bill that both jump-starts the United States’ economy and screws down the nation’s carbon pollution. There are two obvious reasons we must pass energy legislation, one pertaining to our self-interest, and the other to the world’s. First, our economic self-interest demands action on energy, independent of any international framework on carbon reduction.  Job creation in clean energy remains job No. 1 …

Birthers, Skeptics and Flat Earthers, Oh My

Denialism and the power of fear

There are two types of pesky partisans on the loose right now who refuse to accept reality due to their ideological blindness — birthers and global warming deniers. This realization struck me last week as I listened to Republicans argue that we should let the world boil over, all while they “dithered” over reading silly emails written between a few climate scientists. The members of the Flat Earth Society may be out of ideas, but they are not out of denials. The Flat Earth Society is, of course, the climatic analog of the birthers movement, determined to undermine Americans’ confidence …