Cleaner Energy Today for a Cleaner Environment Tomorrow

In the beginning of October of 2015 the city council of Reno voted in favor of the Clean Power Plan.This will reduce the amount of power that is made through coal and provide a cleaner energy that is renewable. This plan is one that should be adopted nationwide. Many other private companies have already adopted this plan and the Reno City council is joining them in the fight to reduce dirty energy through coal consumption.

Every person should be advocating for clean energy in their communities. We can tell our elected officials exactly what we want and hope that they will be on our side. We need our elected officials to be leaders in this powerful clean energy movement. We need them to speak up just like the private companies and society has been doing for years. We need to tell these elected officials that they should do what is best for society and our environment and not what is best for certain special interest groups. Our economy can be helped through policies like the Clean Power Plan and is not hindered in any way.

Without this policy there is a bleak future for our communities. Currently we are experiencing poor air quality. This is terrible since it’s the air that we breathe and its not clean. We have seen droughts and even forest fires recently. By using dirty coal energy we are leaving behind a huge carbon footprint that could have been avoided with cleaner alternatives. Why on earth are we still using coal for energy when we have access to some of the best geothermal and solar energy? We need to stop contributing to climate change through dirty energy and help prevent it from going any further. We need to applaud companies that are paving the way for better energy sources such as Apple, Microsoft, and Tesla. All of these companies want to see cleaner energy being used.

The ideas expressed above come from a man named Andy Wirth. He is the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. He contributes a great deal of his time with environmental organizations around Lake Tahoe. These include The Humane Society of Tahoe Truckee, Truckee River Watershed Council, and many others. He is also a part of the board of Reno Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees.

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

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