.@RealDonaldTrump – I hope you had an enlightening trip to the West Coast, where your refusal to address climate change — and your active steps to allow even more carbon pollution — will accelerate devastating wildfires like you are seeing today.
We agree – forest management is important. That’s why WA has spent $130 million on forest health and fire preparedness since 2009.

But there is no fire suppression plan on this planet that does anyone any good if it doesn’t acknowledge, and combat, the role of climate change.
Forest management would not have saved the town of Malden, where 80% of the buildings burned down. That fire was fueled by grass and brush – not forest.

The rules of fighting wildfires are changing because our climate is changing.
Today, you said about the climate “It’ll start getting cooler. You just watch.”

That is false.

This abandonment of leadership has left states on our own to protect the lives and livelihoods of the people we represent.

The people of Washington, of Bonney Lake, Bridgeport, Graham and Malden deserve to know why their air is hazardous and their homes are burning down.

And they deserve leaders who will do something about it.

My full letter⤵️ medium.com/wagovernor/ope…

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More from @GovInslee

24 Jul
Today, Washington passed 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Across the state, our numbers are heading in the wrong direction.

So we’re imposing some new restrictions to get this virus back under control. 1/4 Image
Face coverings will now be required everywhere outside your home.

It works. Wear it. 2/4

To further limit interactions, we’re changing some rules for:
➡️ Restaurants/bars
➡️ Gyms
➡️ Weddings/funerals
➡️ Family entertainment centers
➡️ Movie theaters

Read 4 tweets
16 Jul
The latest data shows our highest new case weekly avg. ever.

We cannot let this virus get out of control. Today, we’re taking new steps to stop the spread. 1/6
Social gatherings in Phase 3 counties will now be restricted to 10 people a week outside your household.

It’s just too dangerous to be gathering in large groups right now, even in Phase 3 counties. 2/6
People in Phase 2 and Modified Phase 1 counties cannot have social gatherings with more than 5 people a week.

That is already the law. If you’re gathering in larger groups, it has to stop. 3/6
Read 6 tweets
23 Jun
We cannot let COVID-19 spread like it is right now in Washington.

So today, we’re mandating facial coverings statewide.
When in public, it’s always a good idea to wear a facial covering. It’s now required if you are:

➡️ Indoors
➡️ Outdoors and within 6 ft. of people outside your household
Facial coverings come in all shapes and sizes. Make it your own.

Just make sure it’s on when you’re in public.

For more info, check out @WADeptHealth’s guidelines: bit.ly/2ZhdMDh
Read 5 tweets
13 Jun
COVID-19 transmission is continuing to increase throughout Washington, as of the end of May.

Today @WADeptHealth released the latest statewide situation report and there is reason for strong concern.

Washingtonians have done the hard work to flatten the curve on COVID-19 and we know this has been tremendously difficult for families, businesses and communities over the past few months. But today's report estimates cases and deaths will soon increase & we can't let that happen.
The cases in Benton, Franklin and Yakima counties are of particular concern. I joined @IDMOD_ORG
this morning as we shared data with leaders in these three counties. We must look for creative solutions and strengthen our local-state partnerships to address the disease activity.
Read 5 tweets
11 Jun
This is a challenging time. Many in our state are expressing heartfelt outrage at the very real racial injustices in our society. We have work to do now and in the future to both advance equity and protect the gains we’ve made.
I spoke with @MayorJenny and her team about the situation on Capitol Hill. Although unpermitted, and we should remember we are still in a pandemic, the area is largely peaceful. Peaceful protests are fundamentally American, and I am hopeful there will be a peaceful resolution.
What we will not allow are threats of military violence against Washingtonians coming from the White House.

The U.S. military serves to protect Americans, not the fragility of an insecure president.
Read 4 tweets
10 Jun
I have become convinced the Pierce County Sheriff should not complete the investigation of the death of Manuel Ellis.

There will be a new investigation and charging decision made independent of Pierce County law enforcement. 1/5

The county prosecutor informed the state late yesterday that the Pierce Co. Sheriff’s department had officers at the scene when Mr. Ellis was detained and died.

She believes that creates an irreconcilable conflict that would preclude her office from handling this case. 2/5
Separately, we were informed that a Washington State Patrol trooper responded to a call for assistance and was at the scene briefly while Mr. Ellis was in custody and still alive. The patrol is obtaining details from that trooper. 3/5
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