Rosen discusses Nevada’s climate change challenges at international conference

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Yasmina Chavez

Senator Jacky Rosen, D-NV, speaks to reporters at the launch of the 100-megawatt MGM Resorts Mega Solar Array on Monday, June 28, 2021. The installation of solar panels will produce up to 90% of the daytime electricity of MGM Resorts Las Vegas.

Nevada Democratic Senator Jacky Rosen attends the Global Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland to discuss clean energy innovation opportunities for Nevada and highlight the climate challenges the state is facing. confronted.

“This is the most important international conference on climate change,” said Rosen, who is also a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. “It’s a historic opportunity. I am delighted to be able to represent Nevada.

Rosen arrived Thursday to join a bipartisan senatorial delegation to the 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26), which is considered the most important multilateral conference on climate change since the Paris Climate Agreements in 2015. and aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate change is not only a global threat, Rosen said, but it is also a threat to Nevada, which suffers from poor air quality, extreme drought and wildfires. , affecting the economy and public health of the state.

Rosen will speak at the conference during a panel on clean energy innovation, explaining some of the work Nevada is doing with clean energy while learning from representatives what other countries have done in an effort of partnership and collaboration.

“Think about Nevada,” Rosen said. “We have wind, hydro, solar and geothermal energy. “

Nevada ranks No. 2 nationally in geothermal power generation, she said, and 25% of Nevada’s energy comes from renewable sources. Nevada also has the second highest number of solar jobs per capita in the country and has tripled its renewable energy production in the past decade, according to a new statement released Friday by Rosen’s office.

“We want to be sure that we are at the forefront of innovation and collaboration with all countries of the world,” said Rosen.

At the start of the conference, criticism increased when the Scottish Sunday Mail reported that more than 400 private jets had landed in Glasgow for the conference, where leaders from around the world as well as notables like Amazon’s Jeffrey Bezos arrived. Rosen did not travel on one of these planes.

The jets will propel 13,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to the Daily Record, which is more greenhouse gases than 1,600 Scots burn in a year. Rosen called these reviews a distraction.

“We are in an extreme drought. We have had extreme forest fires, ”Rosen said. “These are distractions from the global crisis that is happening. We have to go out there, bring all these minds – scientists, engineers and innovators ”together to figure out how to deal with the crisis.

“We worked hard to find common ground,” Rosen said.


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