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A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  


Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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NV Stays Out of Climate Change Club - Will You Pay the Price?

March 5, 2007


As Governor Gibbons' Task Force prepares to study global warming, critics say his decision to stay out of a carbon emissions pact with five western states could end up raising your utility bill. The Governor is sticking with his plan for cleaner coal power, but there's a costly snag, according to Ned Farquhar with the Natural Resources Defense Council. According to him, carbon emissions are already so far out of whack in this country that even the cleanest coal plants will eventually have to pay emission penalties.

"Yeah, it's bad for ratepayers, it's bad for shareholders both-they're both taking what's called a carbon risk; that they'll end up having to buy rights to emit carbon in the future."

Farquhar believes the door is still open for Nevada to join neighboring states to boost renewable energy resources and cap carbon emissions. Gibbons maintains global warming still needs more study before he can join the other states. Farquhar doesn't want Nevada to miss out on the economic benefits of joining with neighbors to fight global warming.

"They are going together across a large market that you can spread these emission reductions over. And of course, in the West most of the energy consumption occurs in California, you know 36, 37 million people."

Dan Hyde with the Las Vegas Regional Clean Cities Coalition says the Governor could boost the state's economy by pursuing proven renewable energy sources, like Nevada's potential for wind, solar, and geothermal energy.

"The irony of this whole thing is that he wants to look at coal liquefaction, in a product that does not exist in the state of Nevada at all. That product would actually be imported from Montana."

Michael Clifford/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NV