Jay Inslee does not have a record of success as governor — and his latest fundraising email highlights that fact. Inslee’s email reads:
“We are working to improve our climate through clean air and energy initiatives, but we have to do more to address wildfires. We can start by fixing the way the federal government funds wildfire response. Here’s something that makes no sense: The National Forest Service is forced to use funds that are supposed to be dedicated to wildfire prevention to fund wildfire emergency response…
“I’ve written to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan pressing for a fix to this problem, and I’ve been joined by members of Washington’s congressional delegation. Wildfires should be treated the same way as floods and hurricanes are in federal accounting. It’s entirely possible — and it’s entirely necessary.”
Once again, Inslee is touting what he is doing about a federal issue. Ironically, he was unable to pass any significant legislation during in his 15 years as a member of Congress. So, why does Inslee believe he can do anything now?
Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of Inslee’s email — other than Jay always relying on a “blame-everything-on-climate-change” tactic– is the fact that he does not address what he could do in our state to improve wildfire prevention measures. He does not address how he could improve the way state government prevents/responds to wildfires – and re-implementing controlled burns would be an excellent place to start.
Rather, Inslee continues to avoid of any reference to the stunning level of government mismanagement—particularly by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) under Democrat Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark—that allowed recent wildfires to become firestorms. What Inslee seems content to completely ignore is that the devastation caused by the fire had a whole lot to do with government mismanagement.
The facts, however, don’t fit into Inslee’s hyper-partisan strategy — or his fundraising schemes.
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