2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Gov.  Jay Inslee (D-Washington) told CNN’s Don Lemon “half measures just will not defeat climate change” at the second Democratic presidential debate in Detroit on Wednesday night.    

Inslee has an $9 trillion plan for the nation to combat the climate crisis. The plan would create eight million jobs over the next decade. “This is a big, bold, ambitious plan because we are a big, bold, ambitious nation, and we have the last chance to rescue our nation from the monster of the climate crisis,” Inslee said. 

The Washington governor said he is confident that he can grow jobs in clean energy. He compared his plan to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal because of its ambitious nature.

Inslee has been working on his plan for over ten years. He recently called out former Vice President Joe Biden for taking a “middle ground approach.”

He said his plan is the only one that “follows the science and economic opportunity,” and that “it is based on an optimistic can-do spirit from the American people.”