Sustainability

COMMENTARY
doomed tho

Every day is Earth Day at (insert company/group name here)

BY: - April 21, 2019

Unlike one “emergency” that one person thinks he needs to declare, at least this emergency is related to something that is an actual emergency. Sort of. Nevada legislators Friday declared the bill to mandate higher clean energy standards “an emergency measure under the Constitution,” meaning the bill didn’t have to go through the customary procedural […]

tortoise

Four wheelers win contest against tortoises at county commission

BY: - April 16, 2019

On Tuesday, Clark County commissioners voted unanimously to ask Congress to designate nearly 110,000 acres of public lands for off-road vehicle use as part of the Clark County public lands — including area environmentalists say will endanger the desert tortoise. The three areas, described in the county’s proposed resolution as the Laughlin, Nelson Hills and […]

also eat the rich

Warren vows to stop new oil & gas leasing on public lands

BY: - April 15, 2019

Elizabeth Warren says if elected president, on her first day in office she will sign an executive order prohibiting new leases for oil & gas drilling on public lands. The Trump administration has dramatically increased oil and gas leasing, including in Nevada. Reversing that policy is one of the highlights of a public lands proposal […]

yucca fatigue tho

Yucca Mountain dump: Dead or undead?

BY: - April 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — There is a renewed push in Washington to reopen the debate on Yucca Mountain, with the Trump administration and some lawmakers seeing what they think is an opportunity this year to try to advance the project’s long-stalled licensing process. “It does appear we are on the cusp of actually getting something through,” Rep. Fred […]

conflicted up

Bernhardt confirmed as Trump’s Interior Secretary

BY: - April 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm David Bernhardt, a former oil and mining lobbyist and George W. Bush administration official, to become the next U.S. Interior Secretary. The nomination was approved by a vote of 56-41, largely along party lines. Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and […]

rooftop solar

How legislators plan to make solar an option for renters, the poor

BY: - April 10, 2019

With its positive impact on air quality and the environment, solar energy is touted as a benefit for everyone. However, the financial benefits of going green — the reduced or eliminated monthly energy bills, the incentivizing tax credits or government rebates — are typically accessible to a much smaller percentage of the population. Rooftop solar […]

he seems nice

Senators demand answers from Interior nominee on oil & gas leasing

BY: - April 9, 2019

WASHINGTON — Nevada’s senators want more answers about oil and gas leasing from David Bernhardt before the full U.S. Senate votes on whether to confirm him as the next Interior Secretary. With Bernhardt, a former energy lobbyist, expected to win approval as early as this week, Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen sent a […]

peace out cliven

Bundy’s public land theory “simply delusional,” “fundamentally flawed,” judge rules

BY: - April 9, 2019

A Nevada state court judge dismissed rancher Cliven Bundy’s lawsuit claiming more than 58 million acres of federal lands should be turned over to state control, calling Bundy’s case “simply delusional” and “fundamentally flawed.” Bundy has long claimed that federal lands within Nevada do belong not to the United States and has sought to have […]

wash

One person’s paradise is another person’s flood channel

BY: - April 8, 2019

To some, it’s a slice of heaven in the middle of the urban core. To others, it’s just a wash — a natural flood channel carved in the desert by centuries of storm water run off. A recent City of Henderson project amounting to the deforestation of a grove of mesquite trees in a prized […]

cold water betcha

House Democrats assail Trump’s ‘reckless’ plan to slash national parks funding

BY: - April 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats today berated the Trump administration for its proposal to cut funding next year at national parks across the west. At issue is President Trump’s proposed $2.7 billion budget for the National Park Service next year. Funding would fall 15 percent under the proposal, taking the agency down to spending levels […]

conflicted up

Trump’s Interior nominee plans to wade back into issues involving former clients

BY: - March 28, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s pick to become the next head of the Interior Department intends to stop recusing himself from matters involving his former lobbying clients after this summer, the nominee told a key Senate panel. David Bernhardt — the nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Interior Department who is expected to win confirmation — […]

cortez masto being senatorial

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 […]