State of Nevada Archives: on Environment


Jacky Rosen: Applauds EPA funding to protect Nevada's surface water

Cortez Masto applauded the Environmental Protection Agency for awarding $20.6 million in State Revolving Funds to Nevada to support infrastructure projects that protect surface water and provide safe drinking water. "We're glad to see these funds made available for improvements to water systems all over the Silver State. Everyone in Nevada deserves clean drinking water and reliable water infrastructure, and we'll keep working in the U.S. Senate to ensure that's the case."
Source: Senate press release for 2018 Nevada Senate race Feb 25, 2020

Dean Heller: $230M for Public Land Management around Las Vegas

Senator Heller released the below statement on the Administration's proposal to gut the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act's (SNPLMA) special account at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The proposal suggests a recession of $230 million from the program. Enacted in 1998, SNPLMA allows BLM to sell public land within a specific boundary around Las Vegas. The revenue generated by those sales is invested in important public works projects, ecological restoration, and conservation efforts across the state.

"SNPLMA was passed by Congress to increase economic development and promote conservation in Southern Nevada. It represents a good-faith agreement between local, state, and federal officials," said Heller. "This program has invested over $3.4 billion in over 1,200 conservation projects across Nevada, including wildfire prevention, restoration efforts at Lake Tahoe, and the development of parks & trails. I will defend this program from any attempt to rescind its funding."

Source: 2018 Nevada Senate campaign website heller.senate.gov Feb 12, 2018

Adam Laxalt: Remains open only to necessary regulations

I will oppose efforts to impose or expand costly and burdensome mandates on energy providers, which only lead to higher prices that hurt Nevada's families, and have a particularly damaging impact on those with lower incomes. At the same time, I will remain firmly committed to keeping in place those regulations that are truly needed to ensure the health and safety of our environment. I believe Nevada has an extremely bright energy future, and common-sense policies will help get us there.
Source: 2018 Nevada Gubernatorial website AdamLaxalt.com Nov 7, 2017

Jared Fisher: Teddy Roosevelt environmentalist: Explore new frontiers

Talk to Jared and you will think he's a Democrat because he embraces typical Democratic ideals such as preserving and protecting the environment and exploring new frontiers in renewable energy and solar power. But Jared considers himself a Teddy Roosevelt Republican--and the married dad of four and bicycle shop/bike touring business owner has been a registered Republican for years. The rolling businessman and UNLV grad looks at himself as a moderate who admires the leadership of another moderate Republican--the current governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval.
Source: 2018 Nevada Governor campaign website FisherForNevada.com Jul 12, 2017

Jared Fisher: Eco-tourism promotes economy AND outdoor recreation

We need to bolster our efforts to make Nevada an eco-tourism destination. I acknowledge that Las Vegas in the south and Reno in the north draw much of our attention, but I want to increase heightened awareness and outdoor recreation opportunities in the big, open spaces outside of our metro regions. Our aggressive pursuit of tourism is vital to our economy.
Source: 2018 Nevada Governor campaign website FisherForNevada.com Jul 12, 2017

Jared Fisher: Republican voters care about environment

Q: What did you find on your "listening tour" by bike that surprised you?

JF: One thing I did find out is that on the Republican side, people care a lot about the environment; much more than the core party talks about. I think that'll be a major issue in the next election. I'm going to make an extra heavy hit in the conservation area. It's important to everyone.

Source: Bicycling.com on 2018 Nevada gubernatorial race Jun 2, 2017

Jacky Rosen: EPA should rely on facts, not fake news

Members of the House of Representative Committee on Science, Space & Technology--including representative Jacky Rosen (NV)--have signed a letter to President Trump expressing concern over the President's methods of receiving scientific information. The letter states that by failing to appoint a qualified director to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy or adequately staff the department, the President has left himself vulnerable to "misinformation and fake news."
Source: Popular Science on 2018 Nevada Senatorial race May 18, 2017

Ruben Kihuen: Polluters have determined our environmental policy

For too long, big oil companies and polluters have determined our environmental policy in this country with an army of lobbyists. Congressman Cresent Hardy seems to take his conservation cues, particularly on land management, from his good friend Cliven Bundy. That's not the type of leadership Nevada needs. I am proud of my 94% lifetime rating from the Nevada Conservation League. In the legislature, I championed bills to increase the percentage of our state's energy that is produced by renewable energy, and I have been a long-time advocate for protecting our public lands such as Basin and Range and Gold Butte.
Source: 2016 Nevada House campaign website RubenForCongress.com Nov 8, 2016

Catherine Cortez Masto: Endorsed by Sierra Club for protecting Nevada's public lands

The Sierra Club announced its endorsement of Masto for US Senate: "The Sierra Club is proud to endorse strong environmental champion Catherine Cortez Masto for US Senate," said the Sierra Club Executive Director. "From fighting to protect Nevada's Yucca Mountain from being turned into a nuclear waste dump, to encouraging the continued transition to 100% clean energy, to protecting Nevada's vast and unique public lands, Cortez Masto has consistently stood with Nevadans and we look forward to working with her in the Senate."

"The Sierra Club shares my priorities of protecting and preserving Nevada's public lands for future generations," said Catherine Cortez Masto. "Their support highlights a clear contrast between myself and my opponent, Congressman Heck. While I am dedicated to ensuring Nevada's lands are protected and our natural resources are utilized to create clean, sustainable jobs, Congressman Heck supports taxpayer giveaways to Big Oil."

Source: Sierra Club press release on 2016 Nevada Senate race Jul 13, 2016

Bob Beers: Require voter approval for $200M soccer stadium

Bob Beers spots a pickup truck heading his direction: "Don't get out," he yells. He's thrusting a clipboard and pen toward the truck window. "Do you want to sign our petition?" he asks the couple inside. The issue: public funding for a $200 million downtown soccer stadium, something Beers and other opponents want to see put to voters in the June election.

Over the course of a 10-hour day, dozens of people skeptical of the stadium plan stop by Beers' makeshift outpost, fashioned using the hatchback of his silver PT Cruiser and a small tent. He meticulously chose this particular spot because it is near the densest residential area in Las Vegas.

Returning from the truck with two more signatures in hand, Beers grins broadly. He was having fun.

Beers found a new cause in the soccer stadium, an opportunity to use his intellect and savvy with numbers to poke holes in complicated and often opaque plans to use $56 million of public money for the $200 million project.

Source: Las Vegas Sun coverage of 2016 Nevada Senate race Feb 9, 2015

Shelley Berkley: Supports land transfer for Yerington mines

The moderator asked about a Yerington land bill that is stalled in Congress. Berkley said she favors the land transfer proposal, but it had been bundled together with other bills, prompting her to vote against the act. Heller accused her of listening to "extreme environmentalists on the East Coast."

Berkley, said: "I want the mine to open. I want a brighter future for the people of Yerington. I'm anxious to stand for them."

Source: Las Vegas Sun on 2012 Nevada Senate debates Oct 11, 2012

Jack Carter: Ensignís failing environment grade is significant deficiency

ENSIGN: I fought to preserve Nevadaís most pristine wilderness areas, and created parks & trails. Weíve been able to delay the Yucca Mountain project to the point where even its strongest supporters acknowledge that it may never become a reality and that alternatives must be explored.

Q: If your environmental record is that good, why did the League of Conservation Voters give you a failing grade?

ENSIGN: This is typical of a Washington special interest group that doesnít understand our state. Iíve gotten awards from wilderness groups in our state, for legislation I co-authored. Washington tries to put us in boxes. They try to score things to make things a partisan issue. The League of Conservation Voters is a very partisan group.

CARTER: The League of Conservation Voters really pay attention to whatís going on. You can always do one thing over here and another over there, but people who really pay attention know who is standing for what. Itís a significant deficiency that the Senator has.

Source: Nevada 2006 Senate Debate, at KLAS (X-ref Ensign) Oct 15, 2006

John Ensign: Fought Yucca Mountain so it might never become reality

ENSIGN: I fought to preserve Nevadaís most pristine wilderness areas, and created parks & trails. Weíve been able to delay the Yucca Mountain project to the point where even its strongest supporters acknowledge that it may never become a reality and that alternatives must be explored.

Q: If your environmental record is that good, why did the League of Conservation Voters give you a failing grade?

ENSIGN: This is typical of a Washington special interest group that doesnít understand our state. Iíve gotten awards from wilderness groups in our state, for legislation I co-authored. Washington tries to put us in boxes. They try to score things to make things a partisan issue. The League of Conservation Voters is a very partisan group.

CARTER: The League of Conservation Voters really pay attention to whatís going on. You can always do one thing over here and another over there, but people who really pay attention know who is standing for what. Itís a significant deficiency that the Senator has.

Source: Nevada 2006 Senate Debate, at KLAS in Las Vegas Oct 15, 2006

Mark Amodei: Supports open space preservation & alternative fuel

Source: Nevada Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

Steve Sisolak: Yes to cost/benefit analysis; no to Yucca

Source: 1996 Nevada National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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