Members of the RenewNV partnership in Nevada are calling on Chris Wallace to talk about the potential to create jobs by investing in a robust renewable energy economy, particularly in states like Nevada with incredible clean energy resources. RenewNV partners will be closely watching Wednesday’s debate at University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the hopes that the candidates discuss real solutions to the nation’s energy and economic challenges, which can be met with Nevada renewables.

Nevada clean energy also offers an opportunity to combat the climate crisis, which has hit Nevada hard with increasing wildfires and persistent drought. Nevadans across the political spectrum welcome opportunities to harvest the state’s abundant solar, wind and geothermal energy and put Nevadans to work while reducing greenhouse gas pollution.

The debate is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus in Southern Nevada.

Statements from RenewNV partners and allies:

Rudy Zamora, Director, Chispa Nevada:

The third and final presidential debate in our city is a great opportunity for candidates to explain to us their proposal of issues of great importance to communities of color, communities that are disproportionately affected by environmental pollution. Our communities don’t want to be disrespected again by candidates avoiding real debate, real proposals and real solutions to the problems that affect us. We need real solutions to build a prosperous future for our families.

Barbara Boyle, Sierra Club Nevada Campaign Representative, Beyond Coal:

The energy future and sustainability of the United State is at a crossroads. The next President will be tasked with meeting these challenges, which is why the upcoming debate on Oct. 19 is critical. All eyes will be on UNLV. It is time for the candidates to put aside the rhetoric and inform voters how as president they will fight against climate change by protecting our natural resources and advancing clean energy options.

Sondra Cosgrove, President, League of Women Voters of the Las Vegas Valley:

Nevada has abundant renewable resources, particularly the free power of the sun. We have the potential here to be the Saudi Arabia of clean, renewable energy for the United States. That would mean clean energy, but it would also mean good jobs. I would like to ask our presidential candidates what they are doing to promote clean, renewable energy in states like Nevada.

Andy Maggi, Director, Nevada Conservation League Education Fund:

The Presidential candidates haven’t been given the opportunity to dig into climate change, clean energy, and the management of our public lands. Nevada voters have been at the center of the clean energy debate for well over a year and are ready to hear the candidates’ plans for combating carbon pollution and creating a 21st century energy system here and across the country. Nevada also has a higher percentage of federal lands than any other state in the country and we’ve been at the center of the movement to seize those lands and sell them for development. We hike, camp, fish, and hunt on these lands. It’s important that the candidates are able to articulate a vision for how to manage our public lands and places that make Nevada a unique and great place to call home.

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RenewNV is a partnership of organizations working to build and enhance Nevada’s clean energy economy. Renewable energy means reliable power, clean air, and good jobs for Nevada, and smart energy policies can make the Silver State an economic powerhouse. RenewNV supports policies that will expand our use and export of renewable energy, increase opportunities for energy efficiency and ensure that all Nevadans have access to the new energy economy.