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Climate Summit Offers Important Global Push for Nevada

December 7, 2009

LAS VEGAS - Nevada has been labeled the Saudi Arabia of clean energy, but local advocates say it will take more than a wealth of wind, solar and geo-thermal for the state to earn that title. They say what the Silver State really needs is a strong push from the rest of the world.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) kicks off today, and local energy experts say it could provide a much-needed global push for development of Nevada's abundant renewable energy resources. President Obama changed the date for his arrival at the climate summit, which some think will give the United States a better chance of negotiating a binding cap for global warming emissions.

Dan Geary with Pew Environment Group in Nevada says the state will not have a chance to profit from its renewable resources until there is a firm global commitment to meet reductions in carbon emissions.

"There is no silver-bullet solution in terms of renewable electricity generation. It's going to require planning and international cooperation to develop those resources. The sooner we get going, the better off our state, and our country, will be."

President Obama is expected to push for a greenhouse gas reduction of 17 percent below 2005 levels. That is the target passed by the U.S. House of Representatives this summer, a bill yet to be acted on by the Senate. Some opponents say the measure would put U.S. companies at a competitive disadvantage.

Phyllis Cuttino, director of the U.S. global warming campaign with Pew Environment Group, says science-based reasons for action are well-known; what's in question is the political factor: whether the leaders of nearly 200 countries can agree on a solution.

"We know that the worldwide nature of our climate and energy challenges means that every single nation has a stake, and a role to play, in the solution's agenda."

President Obama plans to attend the ongoing conference a week from today.

More information about the conference is available at http://en.cop15.dk/.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV