Last week, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak joined six other governors from across the country in a letter to President Biden to signal broad state support for congressional action on a clean energy tax package to immediately deliver cost saving benefits to families and individuals and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that continue to drive climate change and devastate communities with natural disasters.
The letter, which focuses on priority investments in clean electricity, energy storage, transmission, zero-emission vehicles and alternative fuel infrastructure, clean energy manufacturing, and energy efficiency, was signed by governors in Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. The letter highlights the cost of inaction and states:
“The need for action is clear. Climate disasters touched each of our states with losses throughout the country totaling approximately $145 billion. The costs of the climate disasters in 2021 were not an aberration, as the total costs of climate disasters over the last five years totaled $742 billion ($148 billion per year). These disasters ranged from extreme drought and wildfires in the West, more frequent and larger derecho and tornado events in the Midwest, and intense prolonged cold weather in the South. With climate change amplifying the frequency and intensity of these events, their acute costs are pushing energy prices higher for families across the country. Without action, the cumulative costs of these climate disasters will only increase in severity and frequency and push us towards an unsustainable future of rising costs and threats."