U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Nevada Congresswoman and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Jacky Rosen participated in a roundtable discussion yesterday in Las Vegas hosted by the Nevada Conservation League. Merkley and Rosen spoke with local environmental advocates about issues ranging from expanding solar energy to keeping climate change deniers from being appointed to key Cabinet positions.
“We’re already seeing the tremendous costs of climate chaos, and Nevada is already showing the jobs we can create by leading the fight to end the stranglehold of fossil fuels on our energy economy,” said Senator Merkley. “The effort to transition to clean and renewable fuels is imperative to our future, and I’m looking forward to having Jacky Rosen as a key Senate partner in that effort.”
“Nevada is a leader on renewable energy, and I’m committed to doing everything I can to grow this industry that is responsible for thousands of good-paying jobs across our state,” said Congresswoman Rosen. “Our state deserves a Senator we can count on to always stand up for meaningful action on climate change and advocate for our clean energy economy, and I will be that champion for Nevadans.”
“We are lucky to have Congresswoman Rosen standing up for clean energy in our community and in Congress, and we need that kind of commitment in our next Senator,” said Nevada Assemblyman Chris Brooks. “Renewable energy is driving our state’s economic future, and that future is at stake in 2018. It was great to hear from a leader like Senator Merkley and share our concerns with him about what’s happening at the federal level, and how it impacts our work here in Nevada.”
As the former president of Nevada’s largest synagogue, Jacky Rosen led a team to construct one of the largest solar arrays in Henderson through a public-private partnership, cutting the synagogue’s energy bills by up to 70 percent. Rosen has been endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund.