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Mi Familia Vota: Question 3 hurts minorities, low-income communities

BY: - August 17, 2018

Mi Familia Vota, a national nonprofit with a record of active organization within Southern Nevada’s Latino communities, announced its opposition to Question 3 Friday, saying it could potentially harm people of color. If passed, the ballot measure would amend the Nevada constitution to allow companies to sell electricity on an open market. It has heavy […]

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Environmental groups redoubling outreach to people of color

BY: - August 16, 2018

Communities of color are more vulnerable to environmental health hazards, the impacts of climate change and environmental injustices. National reports continue to confirm the persistence of environmental racism — how racial minorities are disproportionately impacted by environmental issues like pollution. A study released this year in the American Journal of Public Health  found African Americans […]

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Nevada oil & gas: Production still miniscule, but leasing is booming

BY: - August 9, 2018

Last week, the prospect of oil and gas drilling in the Ruby Mountains near Elko prompted alarms, particularly within the conservation community and among some politicians. Meantime, other parts of Nevada are already hotbeds for oil and gas lease applications — if not oil & gas production. Thursday E&E News, a publication well-known among people […]

Guinn Center report on Energy Choice Initiative: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

BY: - July 19, 2018

“We cannot make a conclusive determination as to whether restructuring, all else equal, contributes to rate increases or rate decreases.” That’s the main takeaway from a Guinn Center report released Thursday on the impact of Question 3, also called the Energy Choice Initiative, if passed by voters in November. The nonprofit, bipartisan Nevada think tank’s […]

Question 6: Twice as good as Question 3?

BY: - July 12, 2018

The first thing to know about Question 6 is it is not Question 3. Question 6, also known as the Renewable Energy Promotion Initiative, is a ballot initiative that, if approved by voters, would require every provider of electric service in Nevada to generate or acquire at least half its power from renewable sources by […]

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The shared values of Scott Pruitt and Adam Laxalt

BY: - July 6, 2018

“I can think of no one better to lead this agency,” Adam Laxalt wrote when Scott Pruitt was nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency. In a January 2017 guest column published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal — like Laxalt, a Sheldon Adelson property — Nevada’s attorney general gushed about the “highly-qualified (sic) men and […]

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National labor union weighs in on Question 3

BY: - July 3, 2018

Someone new has chimed in on the contentious energy-regulation measure that is Question 3. The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) on Monday issued a strongly worded statement in opposition of the ballot measure, calling it an “anti-worker, anti-consumer initiative.” Question 3 would require the Nevada Legislature to establish an open, […]

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Clean energy groups outline agenda for Nevada

BY: - June 21, 2018

A clean energy industry association and a group closely aligned with former Sen. Harry Reid have a few energy ideas for Nevada’s next governor, whoever it is. A “Clean Energy Roadmap” released Thursday by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and the Clean Energy Project (CEP) lists a half-dozen proposals designed “to harness the economic power of […]

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Guest op-ed: County land bill is a wish list for privatizers

BY: - June 18, 2018

If Donald Trump could write his own proposal for managing public lands in southern Nevada, it might look something like the bill slated to be voted on by the Clark County Commission on Tuesday, June 19. Complete with public land sell-offs to developers, giveaways to utility companies, and a huge exemption to the Endangered Species […]

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Indigenous people stepping up their opposition to ‘water grab’

BY: - June 8, 2018

Indigenous people are gearing up to fight the next round in a long battle against Southern Nevada’s thirst for other people’s water. Members of several tribes, including the Navajo and the Southern Shoshoni, met in Las Vegas this week to discuss how to step up their opposition to the massive groundwater pumping and piping project […]