Sustainability

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Cortez Masto joins climate panel as she battles Trump’s energy lieutenants

BY: - March 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — Rebuffed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democrats — including Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada — are launching their own climate change committee. McConnell refused an attempt by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to create a special climate change committee in the chamber, Cortez Masto told Nevada Current on Wednesday. “So we are […]

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Films document threats to water from mines, pipeline project

BY: - March 26, 2019

Mining’s contamination of water continues long after the mining stops. A plan to pump and pipe water from rural Nevada to Southern Nevada has long been blasted as aquifer mining. Highlighting those threats to water resources, the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) has created a pair of short films Tainted Thirst, and Great Basin […]

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Forest Service won’t allow oil & gas leasing in Ruby Mountains

BY: - March 14, 2019

The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday oil and gas leasing will not be allowed in Nevada’s scenic Ruby Mountains. In August 2017, the Forest Service received a request from the Nevada Bureau of Land Management (BLM) State Office asking the Forest Service for a leasing agreement, along with any stipulations to protect surface resources. The […]

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Nevada becomes latest state to embrace Paris Agreement

BY: - March 13, 2019

Almost two years ago, President Donald Trump announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change. On Tuesday Nevada legislators unveiled their latest plan to follow the agreement regardless. “The State of Nevada must act now to ensure that Nevada’s greenhouse gas emissions decrease on a trajectory consistent with […]

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Horsford presses White House budget chief on Yucca funding

BY: - March 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is open to discussing the future of nuclear storage at Yucca Mountain, the acting White House budget chief told Congress Tuesday. At a U.S. House hearing on Trump’s federal budget request for fiscal 2020, Acting Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget Russ Vought told lawmakers that […]

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Trump seeks to revive Yucca after saying he was ‘very inclined to be against it’

BY: - March 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s latest budget plan would spend $116 million to revive the nuclear storage program at Yucca Mountain. The administration’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal released Monday marks Trump’s latest effort to restart licensing at the site, prompting pushback from Nevada lawmakers. “By proposing that even more money be wasted on Yucca Mountain, […]

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Pssst… exits from NV Energy are way out of control

BY: - March 6, 2019

Wednesday, the Las Vegas City Council discussed leaving NV Energy to shop around for cheaper power. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has the same idea. As does the Raiders stadium. Those public and quasi-public (and publicly subsidized) operations follow on the heels of the local giant data warehouse, Switch, and of course resort […]

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Newmont rejects Barrick’s hostile takeover bid

BY: - March 4, 2019

As expected, Newmont’s board of directors rejected Barrick’s $18 billion hostile takeover bid Monday morning. The Newmont board also submitted a joint venture proposal to Barrick in which the two mining giants would jointly operate properties in Nevada. The joint venture “would enable both companies’ shareholders to realize the available synergies while avoiding the significant […]

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Proposed legislation messes with senior water rights

BY: - February 28, 2019

Northern Nevada farmers, local government officials, environmentalists and tribes converged on Carson City Wednesday to oppose several bills they believe would weaken senior water rights and facilitate the controversial Las Vegas groundwater pipeline. The Southern Nevada Water Authority which hopes to build the water pumping and piping project, declared itself neutral on the bill — […]

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Now Sisolak wants a meeting with Trump

BY: - February 28, 2019

After turning down an invitation to the White House a week ago, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is asking President Donald Trump for a meeting to discuss the Department of Energy’s clandestine shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to Nevada, and the fate of Yucca Mountain.     “As governor, I am committed to ensuring the safety of Nevada’s […]

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Public lands bill passes Congress with bipartisan support

BY: - February 27, 2019

A bipartisan public lands bill that preserves 1.3 million acres of wilderness passed the House this week with unanimous support from Nevada representatives. The measure passed the Senate earlier this month, and the president is expected to sign it. The Natural Resources Management Act permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund. In Nevada the […]

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Cortez Masto greenest of Nevada delegation in LCV scorecard

BY: - February 27, 2019

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto scored a perfect 100 percent on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2018 National Environmental Scorecard for votes that affect the environment.  In contrast, her former colleague in the Senate, Dean Heller, a Republican, received a score of 7 percent. The scorecard, based on 2018 votes, ranks former Congressman Ruben Kihuen […]