Jay Inslee went on the attack last week against Shift, because Shift dared to put a spotlight on his scheme to raise gas prices by up to $1.17 per gallon – all in pursuit of his favorite title, as the “greenest” governor in America.
The fact that we were using his consultant’s own numbers did not stop Inslee from saying that we were “fear-mongering” about his intentions to ignore the legislature and jam through the Inslee gas tax scheme by executive order, rather than by law.
Additional research into documents obtained through a public records request show that the Inslee gas tax scheme is not all that he was hoping to keep hidden from the public. It turns out that Inslee’s administration has outsourced much of the staff work on his vaunted “Pacific Climate Agreement” to consultants who are paid by environmental groups like the Bullitt Foundation.
So climate change policy, Inslee’s favorite topic, the one with the “moral imperative,” is being coordinated not by state employees who are subject to the state’s public records act, but by consultants who are actually answering to private foundations with agendas as hidden as their donors.
Shift will continue to shine a spotlight on the public records we have obtained, to show how secrecy is one of the hallmarks of the Inslee administration’s pursuit of its extreme environmental agenda.