Climate Change

Geo-thermal energy is abundant in Nevada and has huge potential, as does increased solar energy development. However, solar jobs are trending in the wrong direction as a result of Amodei’s votes – in 2018 solar jobs in installation declined 1% while solar manufacturing jobs dropped by 9%. A full transition to clean energy would dramatically increase the jobs in Nevada. I pledge to develop clean energy on our public lands, and unlike Mark Amodei, to support policies like the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2019, which is sensible legislation with multiple benefits and bipartisan support – Our current Congressman Amodei is not on board and is a danger to our future economic stability for all Nevadans, not just the giant fossil fuel corporations who employ a fraction of the workforce of what clean energy would. 

I also want to see continued development of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and waste heat and support the enactment of the Heat Efficiency through Applied Technology (HEAT) Act. 

On a personal level, our family home has been powered by solar since 2009. Our monthly bill is about $17, up from about $9.50 because of changes in policy. We witnessed the ebb and flow of the solar industry and it was disheartening to see the direction it was going in. 

I propose a change to our current net metering policy to incentivize homeowners to switch to solar and be able to sell their solar power back to the utility company. These are just a few of the positive steps we can take with clean, renewable energy.

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