A recent letter writer (TNT, 9-15) scoffed at Jay Inslee for citing “Apollo’s Fire,” a book he co-wrote. Rejecting fossil-fuel industry talking-points, Inslee’s specific plans to reduce Washington’s dependence upon outside sources of energy demonstrate his seriousness as a candidate committed to improving Washington’s economy. A few examples:
• Biofuels are proven replacements for jet fuel. Inslee urges expanding local production of biofuels to replace jet fuel from out-of-state petroleum. Local production means local jobs and revenues flowing through the local economy instead of going elsewhere.
Inslee further plans to expand research and development efforts at Washington State University and elsewhere to extend this proven technology to further applications, additional savings and more jobs.
• Inslee has identified specific means to improve the efficiency of our homes and workplaces, which would save money on bills and put people to work.
• He has an agenda to expand renewable energy capture, transmission and storage.
• He proposes time-limited, targeted, reviewable tax incentives for clean-technology startups.
These initiatives are just a sampling of the highlights in Inslee’s programs for jobs and energy. Writing his book required him to research and think these issues through. We can be the beneficiaries of his effort.
Increased efficiency and expanded, local sources of energy will put people to work; increase state and local tax bases; put savings in our pockets; and reduce what we pay others. Moreover, as our universities and industries develop better technologies, like Microsoft they will be able to sell those ideas and techniques around the world.