[Ed. – Fascinating. Outside a small ideological bubble, it’s hard to see this going anywhere even in Washington. The snowmageddon the state has seen this year isn’t the “climate change” the ideologues were looking for.]
The Washington state governor launched a White House bid Friday that stands to have a significant effect on the electoral politics surrounding climate change.
For years, despite scientists’ warnings of the calamitous consequences of a warming world, climate change was relegated to a backwater in America’s political campaigns. Presidential candidates rarely mentioned the issue in debates or put money behind it in campaign ads. Even politicians supportive of policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions largely skirted the issue, convinced it resonated less with voters than health care, education or other concerns.
But while Inslee barely registers in presidential polls, the issue that the Washington governor is attempting to corner is showing new signs of traction with likely primary voters.