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Nevada Senator Could Hold Energy Key

December 11, 2007

Las Vegas, NV – A lot could be riding on the vote of Nevada's junior U.S. Senator John Ensign when the national energy bill comes up for a second try at passage this week.

Last Friday, the first time the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 came before the Senate, it did not get to a vote because Ensign’s Republican Party filibustered it. However, after negotiations, the measure will come up again, perhaps as early as Thursday.

Supporters say its passage could be historic for the environment, and could mean a lot of money for the Nevada economy.

Lydia Ball with the Sierra Club says Ensign's vote will be very important. Ball notes that Ensign has been concerned about the increased taxes in the measure. However, she says, those taxes will benefit Nevada and its developing alternative-energy industry.

"That tax package will bring significant money to renewable energy projects in Nevada, which will help develop our economy and a new industry."

The measure, which passed the House earlier, is opposed by many energy companies because it includes $20 million in new or restored taxes, and requires that 15 percent of the nation's electricity come from renewable sources by 2020.

Josh Dorner, also with the Sierra Club, says the energy bill does have some industry support.

"Luckily, we came to an agreement with the auto industry, and the auto industry and labor unions are fully behind this bill. So it's a real choice: between clean energy and the new-energy economy, or a bunch of polluters who are intent on stopping progress at all costs."

Michael Clifford/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NV