Andy Wirth Speaks Out For Clean Power Plan Bill

The City of Reno just has gained an outspoken voice rallying for environmental change. Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squawk Valley Ski Holdings is leading the charge to pass the Clean Power Plan bill for the City of Reno. And it looks like a successful campaign as the The Reno-Gazette Journal announced city council voted to support the bill along with welcome cooperation from the private sector. Andy Wirth notes that times have changed. The area’s clean energy economy is thriving through support of companies that are willing to transition to alternative forms of clean and sustainable energy; while at the same time keeping the pressure on utilities to follow suit.

Not one to mince words, Wirth points out that the Valmy coal plant is still burning coal for electricity. An Environment Nevada report estimated that the “North Valmy Power Plant in Humboldt County emits 5690.5 tons of smog-forming pollution every year—the most in Nevada…” Research has proven that high levels of smog pollution affects the lung capacity of children and will damage lung tissue of adults over time. Smog pollution also reduces yield for crops that are native to the Nevada region.

What Mr. Andy Wirth explains is, the City of Reno is in a crucial moment in time to effect real change in clean air standards and sees this as an opportunity to go beyond staying within federal guidelines and pushing to a national leadership role. By not giving in to special interests groups and developing logical, long term solutions, a healthy and vibrant economy and air standard can be maintained.

Not one to turn away from a challenge, Wirth has successfully merged Squawk Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts under one roof creating one of the most successful ski vacation adventure destinations in California. An avid sky diver, Wirth’s right arm was torn off in a near fatal diving incident, but his calm thinking and resilient spirit carried him through.

A recipient of numerous community service and professional awards, Wirth is a dedicated familiy man and a major contributor and supporter of many environmental and community service organizations. In his new role,taking on the Clean Power Plan bill as a key step in the right direction for Reno, Andy Wirth continues to exhibit strength and determination in face of unsurmountable odds.

Doctors Are Reporting Links Between Climate Change and Their Patient’s Health

Leading health practitioners, with the backing of the White House, are warning that climate change is becoming a health risk. The symptoms are becoming clearer while the risks are increasing by the day. This is a diagnosis that should worry everyone.

Doctors and nurses at Amen Clinic are witnessing more evidence showing the link between climate change and the increasing health cases, both in epidemiological data and also in their patients (data figures on Wired). There have been more cases of respiratory illnesses and heart related problems.

President Obama and his administration have been keen in exposing the effects of climate change. Last month he confirmed that the risk that climate change poses to our health is real and even committed funds, which will be channeled towards the strengthening of health data and increasing our preparedness.

There have been warnings about the impact of climate change for years but the threat is now becoming real. Doctors are already seeing the signs in their patients. Seven out of the ten members of the American Thoracic Society have reported that their patients are being affected by climate change.

The effects of climate change could get worse. Calamities such as drought, storms and heat waves, are said to pose very direct threats to our health. Climate change will also lead to social and economic costs, which will even surpass the costs that would be incurred if preventive measures would be taken to curb climate change.