Nevada

Nevada’s outdoor playgrounds range from the high mountain peaks to sagebrush high plains to the desert, and residents across the state take full advantage of the natural opportunities afforded them. Major climate-related issues are centered around electric vehicles, public lands and the challenges associated with growth. Given that nearly 86 percent of land in the state is owned by the federal government, almost all matters involving land swaps, protections or designations require an act of Congress. This bureaucratic hurdle, along with decreasing water resources, has put strains on the state’s ability to grow—be it in population or economic opportunities.

As Washoe County goes, so goes the state. That’s the sentiment that drove POW Action Fund to work in the Reno area. Washoe County is the second-largest county in the state, behind Clark County in the southern tip Nevada. Eighty percent of the Nevada population resides in these two counties. While Clark tends to be a relatively reliable democratic area, Washoe is a right-of-center swing county that typically predicts how the state will vote in any given state-wide election.

POW Action Fund did not make an endorsement in any races concerning Washoe County, but did make an endorsement in the 3rd congressional district for vulnerable freshman Congresswoman Susie Lee.

Susie Lee

DEEP DIVE:

CARBON PRICING:

Lee does not include any carbon pricing issues as a part of her campaign platform and POW AF researchers could not find instances in published media or in the public record of the candidate expressing views on this issue.

Lee did co-sponsor a bill that passed in the House of Representatives to require the President to develop and update a plan for the United States to meet its contribution under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

ELECTRIFYING TRANSPORTATION:

Lee does not include any electric transportation issues as a part of her campaign platform and POW AF researchers could not find instances in published media or in the public record of the candidate expressing views on this issue.

RENEWABLE ENERGY:

Lee co-sponsored a bill introduced into the House of Representatives that would require the Department of Energy to develop a training course in solar energy installation for Armed Service members.

Lee co-sponsored a bill that would expedite and standardize the permitting process for certain energy systems such as solar power, EV charging stations, and battery systems. About the bill, Lee said: “Southern Nevada has led the way in solar energy development and installation… there is so much more opportunity to further develop renewable energy… Distributed energy systems can help streamline and simplify solar energy permitting so more households and businesses can access affordable opportunities to make the switch to solar.”

“Southern Nevada is leading the way in innovation and development of solar energy,” Rep. Lee said. “The Electric Power Infrastructure Improvement Act will keep Nevada at the cutting edge of energy development while bringing more jobs and growth to our communities, which we need now more than ever. Investing in clean energy, solar in particular diversifies our economy, brings new jobs to the state, and reduces our carbon footprint. Any policy that helps southern Nevada that much is a policy I support, and I’m glad to team up with my fellow Nevada member of Congress, Steven Horsford, to get that done.”

PUBLIC LANDS:

Lee co-sponsored a bill that would expand the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument.

Lee introduced an amendment to the Climate Action Now Act that would address drought as an effect of climate change. In 2019, she said, “Southern Nevada knows the effects of climate change all too well. As a result of extreme temperatures and weather patterns, we could be facing a water shortage in the near future. The water supply at Lake Mead is currently dangerously low and could reach emergency levels by 2020.”


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