Thanks to SHIFT’s original investigation of Jay Inslee’s secret plan to raise gas prices in Washington State, the public relations people on Inslee’s staff are sending him onto the public airwaves to try and defend himself. You can find out whether Inslee is ready to own up to his secret scheme on The Dori Monson Show on KIRO FM today at 12:45 pm.
As a public service, SHIFT provides the following questions that Mr. Monson can consider asking Mr. Inslee given his administration’s unwillingness to come clean to the public with his “low carbon plans.”
- Did Inslee’s administration agree—along with other West Coast governors—to go around the Legislature and force a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) on the public by 2015?
- In attempting to debunk SHIFT’s investigation, Inslee said there are “a million ways” to develop a LCFS. Does he have an example of a way that does not raise fuel prices?
- Why did Inslee think it was appropriate to inform donors to the Washington Conservation Voters and the Washington Environmental Council about his gas tax scheme before he informed legislative leaders about his commitments?
- Why did Inslee let outside special interest groups lead the development of his climate change policies instead of state government employees who are accountable to taxpayers?
- Given today’s story about billionaire Tom Steyer committing $100 million to help Democrats in this fall’s election, has Inslee asked Steyer to spend some of those millions in Washington State to try and win back the State Senate like he did last year when he talked Steyer into putting more than $500,000 into attack campaigns here?
Be sure to listen in on The Dori Monson Show this afternoon to hear if Inslee answers any of these questions—or frankly any other question—honestly.