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Reid hosts roundtable with Nevada clean energy leaders



reidenergyroundtable-600x399-3593473-6038412WASHINGTON, D.C.–Sen. Harry Reid hosted a roundtable today for clean energy leaders and advocates from Nevada whom Reid invited to Washington as his guests for the State of the Union address. The roundtable previewed President Obama’s speech and emphasized Reid’s commitment to creating jobs and making Nevada a leader in the renewable energy industry. The group discussed in detail the importance of investing in clean energy, in the interest of creating jobs and diversifying Nevada’s economy.

Joining Reid for the discussion were C. Robert Pedraza of Altair Nanotechnologies, Richard Licata of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Buntjer of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee of Southern Nevada, Rose McKinney-James for Energy Works Consulting, Marybel Batjer for Harrah’s Entertainment and Jaime Cruz for Nevada Workforce Connections.

“Nevada is blessed with an abundance of clean energy resources such as the sun, the wind and the heat from the earth. There is no good reason we can’t tap into those resources to put Nevadans back to work, diversify our economy and make Nevada energy independent. These are some of the goals I hope to hear the president lay out for the entire nation tonight,” Reid said. “Nevada has the potential to lead the nation in the development of clean, renewable energy. I will continue working with the Nevadans I met with today and anyone willing to come to the table in good faith to help us achieve this goal.”

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