A new climate action plan put forth by Democratic presidential candidate Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday is being praised for highlighting the enormous economic benefits that would result from a rapid shift in the U.S. to a renewable energy that centers the needs of workers and vulnerable communities.Inslee unveiled his \u0022Evergreen Economy Plan\u0022 at a press conference in Washington, D.C., calling for a $9 trillion investment in green jobs over 10 years, which he said would create eight million well-paying jobs for Americans as the country mobilizes to create a carbon-neutral economy.The green economy plan would create \u0022high-paying, high-skilled jobs building a stronger, healthier, more just, inclusive and sustainable future,\u0022 Inslee\u0026#039;s 38-page proposal reads. It would also protect collective bargaining power for unions; ensure a \u0022just transition\u0022 and jobs for fossil fuel workers; and mandate employers follow guidelines for gender pay parity.\u0022Inslee is right to recognize that moving off fossil fuels isn\u0026#039;t just imperative for our climate, it\u0026#039;s a massive economic opportunity,\u0022 said Charlie Jiang, a campaigner with Greenpeace USA. \u0022We have the chance right now to create millions of new, family-sustaining jobs in the renewable energy economy, a chance our next president cannot afford to pass up. Most importantly, Inslee\u0026#039;s plan recognizes that the workers being exploited by the fossil fuel industry and those on the frontlines of climate disasters should be the first to benefit.\u0022\u0022We are never shackled to the past,\u0022 Inslee said at the press conference. \u0022We are never shackled to the technologies of centuries ago. We always invent the future because it is in our nature to invent, to create, to build.\u0022The governor also announced the plan in a video posted to social media.My Evergreen Economy Plan is a robust blueprint to defeat climate change while creating 8 million good union jobs, closing the gap in wealth and prosperity, and empowering workers of all races and genders. pic.twitter.com/aQVnhHq0yK— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) May 16, 2019\u0022The proposal lays out a five-pronged strategy to launch an unprecedented deployment of renewable energy, fortify the nation’s infrastructure to cope with climate change, spur a clean-tech manufacturing boom, increase federal research funding fivefold,\u0022 Alexander Kaufman reported at HuffPost.By spending $300 billion per year, the plan states, another $600 billion in economic activity will be generated.The Evergreen Economy Plan builds on Inslee\u0026#039;s first climate action proposal—the \u0022100 Percent Clean Energy for America Plan\u0022—which he unveiled earlier this month. The plan outlined how the governor would ensure all newly-built vehicles and buildings are carbon pollution-free by 2030 and that all utlities in the U.S. run with zero carbon emissions by 2035.The earlier proposal was met with enthusiasm from climate action groups who called on Inslee to continue to \u0022push the envelope.\u0022 A number of campaigners applauded the Evergreen Economy Plan for doing just that.350.org co-founder Bill McKibben praised the proposal as \u0022really powerful and comprehensive.\u0022\u0022This charts a workable path forward,\u0022 he tweeted. This is an amazingly comprehensive, thoughtful, and inspiring climate plan. I want a world in which ⁦@JayInslee⁩ is president! https://t.co/C8OSVDSdK4— Dr. Genevieve Guenther (@DoctorVive) May 16, 2019“Some people say we can’t have environmental justice and economic growth while defeating climate change. They are dead wrong”—@JayInslee With a #GreenNewDeal, we can. pic.twitter.com/Ox4jxdvcSY— Sunrise Movement (@sunrisemvmt) May 16, 2019Daniel Kammen, a contributor to the UN\u0026#039;s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—which last year released a report warning that world governments must sharply reduce carbon emissions and shift toward renewable energy sources immediately, or the crisis will be irreversible by 2030—also praised Thursday\u0026#039;s plan.\u0022It is not only vital for our environment, but it is a recipe for more affordable housing and vibrant communities, good-paying jobs, corporate and municipal accountability, and global leadership for the United States,\u0022 Kammen told The Guardian.Earlier this week, progressives warned against climate action proposals like the one Joe Biden teased but has yet to unveil, described by a Biden adviser as a \u0022middle ground\u0022 policy plan. Inslee suggested such proposals have no place in the 2020 election, amid rising sea levels and more frequent extreme weather events brought on by a warming globe.\u0022I have made a full-throated call for the mobilization of the U.S. economy to defeat this existential threat,\u0022 Inslee told MSNBC after announcing his plan.\u0022When we have people in Iowa seeking high ground,\u0022 he added, referring to the flooding aftermath he observed on a recent visit there, \u0022we can\u0026#039;t have a middle ground proposal.\u0022Inslee alluded to the voters he met in Iowa when he introduced the proposal Thursday.\u0022It is time for the people of fire and flood to have a president who will stand up and protect them from the ravages of climate change and climate crisis,\u0022 said Inslee.