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Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Hangs in the Balance

, Senior policy and legal analyst

Today, I’m reporting on the legislative tug-of-war over the $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles. Fossil fuel interests on one end, literally everyone else on the other. This fight arose when the suits over at Exxon, Shell, and Koch Industries became worried about the potential of electric vehicles (EVs) to mess with their 90 percent share of transportation fuel in the U.S. And you know what? They should be worried. The EV market is small but growing fast, and there have been tons of production milestones and new model releases over the past quarter. Read more >

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Why Nevadans Should Vote Yes on Question 6

, Senior energy analyst

The recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which predicts the planet will surpass the 1.5°C rise in global temperature by as early as 2030 is a wake-up call for our country to take swift and far-reaching action now to avoid the worst consequences of global warming. In the Western US, we are already starting to see the impacts of a warming climate threatening water supplies, and increasing the intensity and frequency of wildfires and other extreme weather events like heat waves. Transitioning away from fossil-fueled sources of electricity generation like coal and natural gas towards clean and carbon-free renewable energy is one of the most impactful and cost-effective solutions we can take today to reduce the threat of climate change.

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Despite Bipartisan Support for Clean Energy, Nevada Governor Vetoes RPS Bill

, Senior energy analyst

(Updated on June 16, 2017)

Governor Brian Sandoval waited until the very last minute to decide, but ultimately vetoed AB 206, a bill that would have raised Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 40% by 2030. The current RPS is 25% by 2025.

On June 3rd, AB 206 passed the final hurdle in the legislature with bipartisan support. Doing so sent a clear message that Nevada lawmakers want the state to benefit from cleaner air and more renewable energy jobs. Read more >

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