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Environmentalists Deliver 400+ Letters to Dean Heller Opposing Trump Budget Cuts

Several environmental and progressive groups visited U.S. Senator Dean Heller’s (R) Las Vegas office to urge him to vote against Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts. The Nevada Conservation League then delivered 408 handwritten letters to Heller’s office opposing cuts to environmental health programs. They want Senator Heller to stick to his word and vote against an anti-Nevada budget. (more…)

Activists Deliver Over 7,000 Signatures in Support of AB 206 Renewable Energy Standard

Just hours after the Nevada Legislature adjourned Sine Die, a group of environmental and energy activists returned to deliver to Governor Brian Sandoval (R) over 7,000 petition signatures urging him to sign AB 206 into law. Why do they feel this strongly about the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) bill? We followed them to the Governor’s Office in the Old State Capitol to find out. (more…)

Securing Whose Future? Dark Money Group Launches Last Minute Attack on Energy Bill

Energy has been a defining issue for the 79th Session of the Nevada Legislature from the start. In these final days, several renewable energy bills have been moving towards Governor Brian Sandoval’s (R) desk. But now, a shadowy conservative outfit is trying to defeat a key bill to update Nevada’s renewable energy portfolio. Who are these people? And what are they trying to accomplish? (more…)

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New RPS bill will make Nevada a clean energy leader

By Elspeth DiMarzio, Sierra Club - Beyond Coal Campaign This year is the 20th anniversary of the state’s first renewable portfolio standard (RPS) bill. In 1997, NV got less than 5% of its electricity from renewable sources. As of December 2016, the state gets about 20% of its electricity from renewables. This surge in clean energy generation is a big reason why over 20,000 people work in clean energy and energy efficiency – four times the number of people employed…

Dirty Situation: The Hidden Costs of Methane Emissions

Last year, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced new rules for methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. The rules were to limit methane emissions from new fossil fuel infrastructure and require operators to submit to periodic monitoring. But this past February, the U.S. House passed a resolution to rescind the BLM rule. And last month, the Trump-era EPA announced the withdrawal of its methane rule. Were these Obama-era methane rules just…