Clean energy is vital to our state’s success

By Pat Spearman | March 10, 2016 Two things should be crystal clear to Nevada policymakers this year: climate change is real, and climate change represents the single best economic development opportunity for Nevada since we legalized gambling in 1931. That’s why I was so disappointed to see the Nevada attorney general, Adam Laxalt, involve ourContinue reading “Clean energy is vital to our state’s success”

Net loss: Nevada’s rep continues to take a beating

By Dennis Myers | March 10, 2016 If Nevada officials hoped the national impact of torpedoing the state’s net metering policies would die down, it appears not to be happening. Business and environmental media are folding the Nevada dispute into other stories, and new developments continue to unfold. Some of that coverage has been devastatingContinue reading “Net loss: Nevada’s rep continues to take a beating”

Drought deniers drew drought dollars

By Dennis Myers | March 10, 2016 Nevada ranchers have been collecting drought relief payments while attacking federal officials for saying there is a drought, according to an investigative reporting site. Last June, ranchers in Lander County drove cattle onto public lands that had been closed because of the drought. The Bureau of Land Management,Continue reading “Drought deniers drew drought dollars”

Las Vegas casinos seek to power their bright lights with renewable energy

By Daniel Hernandez | March 7, 2016 The glittering Las Vegas strip is not an obvious model for energy conservation. Yet hidden above the glowing Eiffel Tower, neon resort awnings and a black pyramid that shines a beam of light into space, is one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the country. Twenty acres ofContinue reading “Las Vegas casinos seek to power their bright lights with renewable energy”

Mesquite’s congressman sends memo to Demo challengers while they’re in town

By Ben Botkin | March 1, 2016 The campaigns of U.S. Rep. Cresent Hardy, R-Nevada, and four Democratic contenders for his seat had an unscheduled meeting in Mesquite. The four Democrats participated in a forum Monday night in Mesquite, which is in the 4th Congressional District. An unexpected guest showed up, bearing a friendly greeting fromContinue reading “Mesquite’s congressman sends memo to Demo challengers while they’re in town”

Nevada AG voices opposition to federal EPA Clean Power Plan

Associated Press | February 29, 2016 CARSON CITY – Nevada’s attorney general is endorsing a multi-state legal fight against President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions with an opinion that says states have a right to decide pollution emission standards for themselves. Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s friend-of-the-court filing in the case involving the EnvironmentalContinue reading “Nevada AG voices opposition to federal EPA Clean Power Plan”

Nevada has its own toxic water troubles

By John L. Smith | February 29, 2016 The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has gone national with blanket media coverage. The problem is as plain as the brown muck that’s been flowing from kitchen faucets. President Barack Obama and a long slate of lesser political figures have sounded the alarm and weighed in on theContinue reading “Nevada has its own toxic water troubles”

Nevada must work to stay ahead of curve

By Sig Rogich | February 27, 2016 Since the recession, the renewable energy industry has been a particularly bright spot in Nevada’s economy. Nevada is a regional and national leader on clean energy, ranking third in the nation for solar jobs per capita, second in the nation for utility-scale geothermal energy production, and is generating enoughContinue reading “Nevada must work to stay ahead of curve”

Debate over solar rates simmers in the Nevada desert

By Sam Weber | February 27, 2016 With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, Nevada seems like the perfect place for rooftop solar. And with the help of state and federal incentives, the amount of rooftop solar in the state has exploded, increasing by more than 400 percent from 2014 to 2015. But theContinue reading “Debate over solar rates simmers in the Nevada desert”

Hardy rates a ‘zero’ on Environmental Scorecard

Associated Press | February 26, 2016 CARSON CITY — Nevada’s delegation in Washington, D.C., gets mixed results on the annual Environmental Scorecard, just released by the League of Conservation Voters, splitting down party lines. The scorecard says Sen. Dean Heller voted “pro-environment” just eight percent of the time. Democratic Representative Dina Titus got a 94 percentContinue reading “Hardy rates a ‘zero’ on Environmental Scorecard”