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Nevada Clean Power Advocates Rally at State Capitol

Clean-air advocates met with Gov. Brian Sandoval's General Counsel, Joseph Reynolds, on Thursday. They're seeking assurances that Sandoval will continue to follow EPA Clean Power Plan guidelines. (ClimateParents)
Clean-air advocates met with Gov. Brian Sandoval's General Counsel, Joseph Reynolds, on Thursday. They're seeking assurances that Sandoval will continue to follow EPA Clean Power Plan guidelines. (ClimateParents)
February 19, 2016

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Dozens of advocates for cleaner air and fighting climate change rallied at the state Capitol building in Carson City on Thursday in support of the federal Clean Power Plan.

The group met with Gov. Brian Sandoval's attorney, asking that the governor pledge to continue work on the plan even though the U.S. Supreme Court put it on hold last week while litigation proceeds. Nevada is not part of the 27-state lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to reduce carbon emissions at coal-fired power plants such as North Valmy.

"We'd like him to demonstrate leadership in this regard, by saying he's going to continue to expand the clean-energy economy and comply with the Clean Power Plan, and continue to press forward in the wake of a really regressive setback," said Lisa Hoyos, a rally organizer and director and co-founder of the group Climate Parents.

Thirteen governors, including those from nearby Colorado and California, have said their states will move forward with meeting their goals under the Clean Power Plan. Hoyos said she thinks Nevada has been on the right track.

"It had had some public hearings to take feedback from the public on the plan that they were developing," she said. "And so, Nevada was moving ahead - and we want to make sure the state keeps moving ahead."

Nevada's southern neighbor, Arizona, is one of the states that has rejected the Clean Power Plan, predicting it would cost jobs and complaining that it's an overreach of federal authority.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV