by Senator Harry Reid
Senate Majority Leader
Leading The Nation Towards Energy Independence
In August, I visited with Nevadans from every corner of the state and discussed my vision for Nevada to become the uncontested leader in renewable energy.
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|From Laughlin to Winnemucca, I heard the same thing; Nevadans believe in renewable energy and its enormous economic potential, and they think the time is now to vigorously pursue it. I couldn’t agree more.
Renewable energy can work for Nevada. Boulder City and Pahrump have superb solar resources. In fact, a solar thermal plant in Boulder City is up and running at 64 megawatts. The desert north of Pioche has some of the best wind prospects in the nation, and geothermal plants in and around Fallon are already producing hundreds of megawatt-hours of energy.
The development of these natural, clean, renewable resources will have a significant economic impact. More than 3,000 good jobs could be created in rural Nevada as a result of a stronger push for investment in clean energy.
Not too long ago I took a very strong and public stand against the construction of new coal plants in Nevada. Here’s why.
There is a better way to power our state, and it’s not with polluting coal technology. By promoting clean renewable energy and greater energy efficiency, we can provide the power Nevadans need at reasonable rates and create thousands of good-paying jobs and look out for the health and well being of current and future Nevadans.
A few weeks ago State Treasurer Kate Marshall, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, the Mesquite City Council and Mesquite Mayor Holecheck joined my efforts to halt construction of these coal plants. They recognize that when it comes to developing renewable energy, the time for lip service is over. Our state and our utilities need to move fast and effectively away from coal and toward the power of the sun, the earth, and the wind.
It’s time to put Nevada’s pioneer spirit and ingenuity to work. Together we can make Nevada the leader in renewable energy. I hope the great people of Boulder City will join me in these efforts.
Contact Harry Reid at http://reid.senate.gov/
P.O. Box 61901
Boulder City, Nevada 89006
Phone (702) 294-1392 Fax (702) 294-1392
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