STATEMENT FROM SENATOR AARON FORD ON ATTORNEY GENERAL LAXALT’S SUIT AGAINST CLEAN POWER PLAN

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February 25, 2016

 

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR AARON FORD ON ATTORNEY GENERAL LAXALT’S SUIT AGAINST CLEAN POWER PLAN

LAS VEGAS - Today, Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford released the following statement on the Nevada Attorney General’s decision to join a lawsuit against the federal Clean Power Plan:

“I was disappointed this week to see the Attorney General use his office to wage a battle against sensible clean-energy policies. Nevada has set a bipartisan goal of diversifying our energy economy, and the Clean Power Plan presents an opportunity to further expand Nevada’s clean energy sector. By speeding up our transition away from antiquated fossil fuels, we can harness the power of Nevada’s abundant renewable resources to create new jobs across the state. At a time when Nevada is losing clean-energy jobs, it’s difficult to fathom why the Attorney General would risk further harming this critically important sector of our state’s economy.”

 

BACKGROUND:

The Clean Power Plan can potentially yield major economic benefits for Nevada. In addition to the estimated $54 billion in health and climate benefits nationally – such as better air quality and improved public health – the CPP is expected to help speed up our transition to cleaner fuel sources that are abundant in Nevada.

According to media reports, the Attorney General’s filing admits that Nevada will have no trouble hitting emissions targets outlined in in the CPP (http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/270570-nevada-joins-states-fighting-obamas-climate-rule). Recent polling suggests that 70% of Nevada voters support the CPP.

Clean energy investment has already yielded results. Nevada’s $500 million investment in tax incentives for clean energy development has yielded an estimated ten to one return. Since 2010, these incentives have attracted more than $5.5 billion in capital investment in clean energy infrastructure – including wind, solar and geothermal projects – to the state, creating high-paying jobs for Nevada workers.

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