Gov. Sisolak signs Executive Order addressing climate change

Gov. Steve Sisolak signs an Executive Order on climate change on November 22, 2019.
Gov. Steve Sisolak signs an Executive Order on climate change on November 22, 2019.(KOLO)
Published: Nov. 22, 2019 at 12:10 PM PST
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Governor Steve Sisolak gathered with members of the community and elected leaders Friday to sign an Executive Order addressing climate change.

The event was held at the Regional Transportation Commission's 4th Street Station Transit Center November 22, 2019.

The Executive Order directs his administration to work with public, private, and tribal partners to help implement solutions to advance the state's climate goals.

According to the governor's office, the order specifically directs state agencies to identify and evaluate policies and regulatory strategies to achieve the long-term goals of greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

“This executive order will ensure Nevada continues to promote ambitious carbon-reduction standards that will help tackle the devastating impacts of climate change while creating good, high-paying jobs for Nevadans,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said. “The impacts of climate change, and a job market that demands renewable energy and other clean technologies, are already here. For the sake of Nevada’s future, and our children’s future, we must take action.”

“As the climate continues to warm, the science community has reported a significant increase in the severity and length of droughts and the frequency and intensity of wildfires,” Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Director Bradley Crowell said. “With Nevada being the driest state in the nation, coupled with the risks and realities our State faces from climate change, smart climate solutions are critical to the long-term health and sustainability of our state. Under the Executive Order, we look forward to advancing strategies that reduce Nevada’s climate footprint, promote clean energy, and foster a healthy and sustainable future for all.”

"Pursuing these ambitious emissions reductions goals will require collaboration with local governments, tribal governments, businesses, and stakeholders from all across Nevada,“ Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy Director David Bobzien said. “This Executive Order provides the direction and framework for both combating climate change and realizing the economic opportunities of a decarbonized economy.”

The governor's administration will also develop a State Climate Strategy to be delivered by December 1, 2020 to include recommendations on reducing carbon pollution.

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