The Governor

With Olivia Munn

Why this story needs to be told

We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it.

Governor, Jay Inslee

Spotlight Video

Pete, a local fisherman in Puget Sound, discusses his family-owned fishing business and the threat to his livelihood that ocean acidification poses.


Jay Inslee was a leader on climate change in the U.S. House of Representatives. A year ago, he was elected governor of Washington, in part because of his commitment to addressing climate change. As governor, he’s facing a well-financed campaign by the coal industry to build export depots that could ship 100 million tons of coal to Asia each year.

In The Governor, Correspondent Olivia Munn profiles the nation’s most climate-conscious governor and reports on what he’ll do about the coal export depots.


Seattle, Olympia; Whatcom County, WA

Meet The Characters

This we know, our world is changing faster and more dramatically than ever before. As a parent and as a grandparent, I cannot consciously accept the dangers of climate change for my family or yours.

Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington

You can come out and protest and you can feel like you are doing something for the world. But, you are not accomplishing anything, except costing American jobs.

Herb Krohn, Local United Transportation Union President

Behind The Scenes

Science Behind The Story

In 2013 CO2 levels reached 400 parts per million, the highest concentrations seen in our atmosphere in millions of years. Our reliance on fossil fuels continues to pump more CO2 into the atmosphere causing our climate to change


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