U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Granholm Discusses Path to 100% Clean Energy with Nevada Lawmakers and Environmental Advocates

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Clean Energy Investments Poised to Create Thousands of Jobs for Nevadans and Center Marginalized Communities  

(A video of the roundtable can be watched here)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Today, Nevada Conservation League joined U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4), Governor Steve Sisolak, State Senator Chris Brooks, Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe Moreno, and other environmental leaders for a roundtable discussion on building up Nevada’s clean energy economy through the American Jobs Plan. The robust proposal will make historic investments in upgrading Nevada’s roads and bridges and expanding clean energy infrastructure and jobs, a catalyst for change Nevada needs now to recover from the devastating economic impacts of this pandemic. 

Leaders touted Nevada’s leadership in clean energy and spoke to its strong ties to job growth and the state’s economic recovery. The American Jobs Plan would complement clean energy investments underway in Nevada including those of SB 448, a major clean energy bill signed by Governor Sisolak today. 

“States like Nevada have led the way on climate action and clean energy policies, but in order to continue this progress, we need the support of our city, state, and federal government,” said Nevada Conservation League Deputy Director Verna Mandez. “By passing the American Jobs Plan, we can add national leadership and funding to bolster the investments in Nevada’s clean energy economy, like those made through Senate Bill 448, Nevada’s latest iteration of an expansive clean energy plan. The American Jobs Plan gives us an opportunity to ensure new infrastructure projects work to increase economic and job opportunities, advance environmental justice, and promote access to the clean energy economy to communities most vulnerable to the climate crisis.” 

“For years we have fought tirelessly to protect communities in Nevada from the worst air pollution in the country, along with the dreadful impact of extreme weather in the state. The American Jobs Plan is an opportunity to help us reach that goal,” said Chispa Nevada Program Director Rudy Zamora. “It includes transformational investments in clean energy and infrastructure with environmental justice at the heart of it. Now is not the time for half measures, our communities can’t wait any longer. We need Congress to act now.” 

Nevadans overwhelmingly support the clean energy proposals in the American Jobs Plan. New data from Data for Progress and the League of Conservation Voters show 77 percent of Nevada voters favor the plan’s historic investments in climate, clean energy, good-paying union jobs, and environmental justice.