Nevada clean energy and climate change news briefs

Carson City, March 28, 2014:

Western Resource Advocates hires new Executive Director

NCARE partner organization Western Resource Advocates announced this week that Jon Goldin-Dubois will be its new President, beginning June 2014.  Goldin-Dubois will lead the organization in meeting  its mission of protecting the West’s land, air, and water with an emphasis on addressing climate change. “Western Resource Advocates is the recognized leader in developing solutions that cut carbon pollution, increase investments in renewable energy, and preserve Western lands and rivers,” said Jon Goldin-Dubois. “I look forward to teaming up with our expert staff to protect the West for future generations.”

Clean Energy Project reports on what’s happening with renewables in Nevada

Nevada clean energy and climate change news briefs

Bipartisan event: Governor Sandoval and Senator Reid join CEP and other renewable advocates at event touting Nevada as clean energy hub. photo courtesy CEP

Nevada’s CEP just came out with a brief report, Renewable Energy Powers Silver State as a Clean Energy Hub, that’s a good, quick overview of the state of renewables in the state. Some take-away:

  • Clean energy investment in Nevada has accelerated rapidly in the past five years and is now well over a $5 billion investment in Nevada,
  • Acknowledging the state’s importance to clean energy, the wind, solar, and geothermal energy industries will each hold a major annual event in Nevada this year.
  • With numerous utility-scale, residential and commercial solar projects, Nevada is one of the top ten states for installed photovoltaic solar, and one of the top three states for installed concentrating solar power.
  • With 32 operating geothermal power plants producing 566 MW of clean, renewable power, Nevada currently produces more geothermal energy than any other state in the U.S. except California.

Climate change education: Nevada yes, Wyoming heck no

Nevada’s state board of education has voted unanimously to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards for public schools, becoming the fifth state to do so.

What does this have to do with clean energy and climate change?

The new science standards include climate change. According to Digital Learning Environments, “The authors of the standards believe that climate change is one of the most important aspects of science today. They believe that there is no question as to the validity of the subject. Climate change is happening, and humans are the cause. And one of the most important points is that the students of today will be the ones who will have to deal with the effects of climate change. They will need to develop the skills, knowledge, and background to be able to understand climate change.”

The Wyoming legislature – where not coincidentally fossil fuel revenues make of 70% of the state’s revenue – didn’t like this very much, and State Representative Matt Teeter introduced a last-minute budget resolution to prevent the Wyoming State Board of Education from adopting the standards. Teeter is quoted in the Casper Star Tribune: “The Next Generation Science Standards treats man-made climate change as settled fact,” he said. “We are the largest energy producing state in the country, so are we going to concede that?”

Well that’s calling a spade a spade. It would be nice if other climate change deniers were so honest.  A coalition of Wyoming parents has formed to try and reverse the decision.

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