Almost a dozen Democrats have declared their candidacy for president or launched presidential exploratory committees, including Sens. But the Washington governor begins his campaign less-known and behind in the polls compared to some of his rivals in Congress, though he has had a longer political career than majority'.
According to his campaign website, Inslee is calling for an "all-out national climate mobilization", which he dubs "America's Climate Mission".
While Republicans have attacked the proposal, some dismissing the science of climate change, several Democratic presidential contenders haves signaled their support, including Sens.
They include USA senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand; Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Obama-era housing secretary Julian Castro of Texas.
Climate change has become an increasingly galvanizing force for Democrats, with grassroots groups and figures such as congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected democratic socialist from NY, calling for a "Green New Deal".
And in 2017, when Trump abruptly withdrew from the Paris climate accords, Inslee co-founded the US Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of 21 states committed to meeting the goals of the pact.
"We've made these progressive advances, and many more, while building the top economy in the nation, and this has offered a glimpse for the nation of what is possible in all 50 states", Inslee said Friday.
The 68-year-old governor will officially launch his bid in Seattle on Friday. Other big names, including vice president Joe Biden and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, may join soon.
He promised significant investment in clean energy sources that reduce United States dependence on fossil fuels.
The governor and former congressman has made fighting climate change the centerpiece of his campaign, saying on Friday that the effort will help improve both America's economy and health while also preserving the planet.
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Inslee acknowledges his underdog status but says his emphasis on combating climate change will set him apart.
Climate change is the centerpiece of Inslee's campaign and during his announcement speech, he stressed that it's an issue with consequences that extend far beyond the environment.
In January, Steyer passed on running a national campaign himself, opting instead to continue his advocacy for impeaching President Donald Trump and removing him from office.
He has not specifically endorsed the Green New Deal - which targets 2030 for the U.S. to become net carbon neutral - introduced by freshman New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen.
As an unabashed liberal, Inslee has governed Washington promoting clean energy, gay rights, abortion rights, environmental preservation, tighter gun restrictions and more spending for education and job training.
Mr Inslee spent 15 years in Congress before being elected governor in 2012.
And in February 2019, Washington state announced that they intend to sue Trump over his new ruling to target Planned Parenthood - cutting federal family planning funds under the Title X program from clinics that provide abortions or refer patients to clinics where they can get abortions. He won re-election to a second four-year term in 2016.
Inslee was born and raised in Seattle.
Inslee headed the Democratic Governors Association in 2018, which boosted his national profile. Because Mother Nature, aggravated by climate change and carbon pollution, has burned down Paradise, California, drowned Houston, and is now drowning Miami Beach. "And we're the last who can do something about it".