Carson City, NV - November 04, 2019
Governor's Office of Energy
the Trump Administration began the formal process to withdraw the United States
from the Paris climate agreement. In
response to this previously-signaled action, three U.S. governors launched, and
twenty-two additional bi-partisan governors have joined, the United States
Climate Alliance to affirm a state commitment to uphold the goals of the
Agreement. Governor Sisolak announced in
March of this year that Nevada join the U.S. Climate Alliance as its 23rd
have long understood both the risks and realities our state faces from climate
change, as well as the opportunities of our growing clean energy economy, and
Nevada’s membership in the U.S. Climate Alliance is based on this understanding
and our state’s leadership on climate action in response to the
Administration’s retrenchment. The
impacts of climate change in Nevada are real. Nevadans have already been
exposed to increased drought risks, increased intensity and occurrence of
wildfires, and Las Vegas has been documented as the nation’s fastest warming
city. More than 70,000 people living in Nevada are especially vulnerable to
extreme heat. Currently Nevada averages 20 days of extreme heat, classifying
them as dangerous. By 2050, projections
indicated there will be nearly 30 such days a year.
Nevadans stand up once again to reaffirm our commitment to the Agreement and
strongly oppose the Administration's misguided decision to begin the process of
formally withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. The Administration’s decision to
begin the formal withdrawal process from the Paris Agreement is an abdication
of the responsibility all leaders have to address the global climate crisis and
is deeply irresponsible,” said Governor Sisolak.
Nevada is not waiting for any sea change in the Administration’s handling of
the climate crisis. This past legislative session, Nevada passed Senate Bill
254 which inventories greenhouse gas emissions, while providing innovative
policy options to curb those emissions.
Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard now sits at 50% renewable energy
by 2030, with a target of 100% renewable energy by 2050. Governor Sisolak joined the U.S. Climate
Alliance states in supporting the Nation’s Clean Car Promise, to call for a one
strong, national clean car standard and to preserve state authority to set the
standards needed to protect residents from vehicle pollution.
Trump Administration’s claim that tackling carbon emissions is a job killing
effort simply doesn’t match the facts,” said Governor Sisolak. Renewable energy
projects built in Nevada have brought roughly $8 billion in investments and
created more than 8,500 jobs. In addition, the energy efficiency sector supports
more than 11,000 jobs in Nevada. In the manufacturing sector, lithium power
storage batteries have become a top 10 export from Nevada with growth from $3M
to $131M between 2015 to 2018.
Governor’s Office of Energy supports policies and programs that will move
Nevada’s clean forward regardless of
this latest misguided action of the Administration and looks forward to
continued job and investment growth as the state works to decarbonize its
transportation sector, continues to develop clean and renewable energy, and
reduces energy use across our built environment.
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Governor's Office of Energy
Governor’s Office of Energy oversees energy programs required through statute
and those that help to meet the mission of the office, which is to ensure the
wise development of Nevada’s energy resources in harmony with local community
economic needs and Nevada natural resources. For more information about the
Governor’s Office of Energy, please visit energy.nv.gov.