Governor Sisolak signs Nevada on to US Climate Alliance as more than 150 activists come to Carson City for Conservation Lobby Day.
Carson City – On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, community leaders and advocates from across Nevada joined together at the Nevada Legislative Building to send a message that clean energy and conservation policies are good for Nevada and our economy.
“We’re here today in Carson City because we believe that Nevadans deserve to thrive and that future Nevadans should be able to enjoy the place we do today. But threats from climate change, dirty air, and access to public lands make those ideas less than certain” said Andy Maggi, Executive Director of Nevada Conservation League. “Which is why we’re here lobbying our legislators to support expanding the Renewable Portfolio Standard, establish community solar gardens, fund conservation projects across the state, and create the Office of Outdoor Recreation. These policies aren’t just good for the environment but it will they’ll also help create a thriving economy for all Nevadans.”
“I said in my State of the State address that I will not spend a single second debating the reality of climate change and its impact on our state,” Gov. Sisolak said. “By joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, we are taking bold steps to ensure a better, healthier future for our children. With these ambitious goals and commitments to reduce our carbon footprint, I am determined to make Nevada part of the solution.”
“I am truly blessed to have been born and raised in Nevada,” said Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro. “Growing up, Lake Mead and Mount Charleston were right in my backyard. Our state has a rich natural heritage, and we must preserve that heritage for future generations. Nevada Senate Democrats are committed to fighting for advancements in clean energy and conserving our state’s natural treasures.”
“The most vulnerable in our community like children and seniors are disproportionately suffering from the negative effects of pollution to their health and the disruptive impacts of climate change,” Speaker Jason Frierson stated. “It is our duty to ensure that every Nevadan has access to the health and economic benefits of clean energy technologies, from solar panels to electric vehicles.”
“As a state, we must find ways to combat the threat of climate change, which is why I have introduced The Carbon Reduction Plan,” said Senator Chris Brooks. “Nevada should also be a leader in the clean energy industry. Senate Democrats will continue to work to increase our Renewable Portfolio Standard so that Nevada is at the forefront of the clean energy economy.”
“12.6 billion dollars annually speaks volumes,” said Mauricia Baca from the Outdoor Business Coalition.“Our outdoors, our public lands are not only important to our wildlife and our environment, these lands are also critical economic assets. Protecting and funding these incredible assets just makes sense.”
“Nevada’s thriving outdoor recreation economy requires our state to increase clean energy and protect public lands to address the threat of our changing climate. I am proud to live in a state where our Governor and legislature chooses action over apathy and works together to implement systemic policy change” stated Max Hammer, professional skier, ambassador for Protect our Winters.
“I am a native Nevadan and my son struggles with asthma. Increasing the RPS and electrifying transportation will decrease the toxins in our air and make it so kids across this state can breathe easier, Jenn Cantly with Moms Clean Air Force said. Last year, the American Lung Association gave Clark and Washoe counties air quality and F rating, with Las Vegas being the 12th most polluted city in the country.”
“Conservation Lobby Day has brought concerned citizens from across the state together to call for action on the critical issues of clean energy, climate, and conservation of our natural heritage, said Maria Teresa Liebermann with Battle Born Progress. “We’re going to talk to our legislators, share our stories and work together to make our state a better, cleaner, and greener place to live.
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Conservation Lobby Day began with a rally and press conference, while the rest of the day was focused on volunteers and advocates meeting with legislators on bills to increase Nevada’s RPS to 50% by 2030, establish Nevada’s Office of Outdoor Recreation, use bonds to fund parks across the state, expand access to solar energy for all communities, and promote electric vehicles.
Speakers at the press conference were as follows: Andy Maggi – Nevada Conservation LeagueGovernor Steve SisolakSenate Majority Leader Nicole CannizzaroSpeaker Jason FriersonSenator Chris BrooksMauricia Baca – Outdoor Business CoalitionMax Hammer – Protect Our WintersJenn Cantley – Moms Clean Air ForceMaria Teresa Liebermann – Battle Born Progress