Renewable Energy Takes Center Stage in Las Vegas

Around 60 Nevadans convened in Springs Preserve this past Wednesday to discuss climate change and renewable energy's impact on the jobs sector.

The panel leading discussions was made up of state lawmakers and renewable energy advocates. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the panel echoed Sen. Harry Reid's (D-NV) previous comments that climate change contributed to the large wildfires destroying Nevada this year. Panelist Lydia Ball told the audience that "climate change is making these fires and droughts worse."

The panel's focus then turned to further actions the community should take in addressing climate change's harmful impacts on the Nevada. Already, the state of Nevada has been a national leader in the development of renewable technologies. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, "[T]he state legislature enacted its first renewable portfolio standard in 1997, and has raised the bar several times since then."