Much ado has been made over the status of Gov. Inslee as our nation’s “greenest governor.” Since his election, environmental action groups and blogs have rushed to bestow Inslee the title with which we—surprisingly—agree. In fact, no other label could more appropriately describe Inslee’s amateur, second-rate job performance. So, without further delay, here are the top five moments Inslee proved he is truly our nation’s “greenest” governor.
- When Inslee’s refusal to take a carbon tax by executive order off the table hurt chances to pass a comprehensive transportation package during the last legislative cycle. Then, after stalling a bill, he blamed Republicans for not passing a transportation package. Of course, all this happened after Inslee—without the approval of the Legislature—“signed a pact with Oregon, California and British Columbia pledging to enact low-carbon fuel standards, together with a cap-and-trade policy.”
- When Inslee called a special session then tried—but failed—to convince the Legislature that they needed to pass his transportation agenda (gas tax) in order to keep Boeing’s 777x project in the Puget Sound. The aerospace giant later clarified matters, stating they never made a gas tax increase a condition for staying.
- When Inslee failed to ensure Washington State receives $40 million in federal education funds because he could not—and would not—stand up to the Washington Education Association (WEA). Inslee proceeded to—once again—fail in his attempt to salvage the loss by convincing the Obama Administration to let Washington State off the hook for needed reforms. We guessed his “secret sauce” dried up.
- When Inslee bypassed the Legislature and issued a surprise decree to suspend all capital punishment sentences in Washington State. Inslee claimed to have arrived at his executive order after speaking to the families of the victims murdered by our state’s death row inmates. Inslee’s claim—according to the testimony of family members before the state Senate Law and Justice Committee—proved entirely false.
- When the Inslee Administration, along with leaders from Washington State’s Health Benefit Exchange (HBE) and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, engaged in an Obamacare cover-up. They acted to deliberately mislead the public with skewed or withheld enrollee numbers during the first week of the exchange launch.