Andy Wirth has a lot to say about climate change and the need for clean power. He picked a helpful venue in which to get his thoughts out in front of the public. In an op-ed for the Reno Gazette-Journal, the entrepreneur talks about the virtues of clean power.
In the op-ed, Wirth noted his pleasure with the Reno City Council and its decision to vote for the Clean Power Plan. As the name of the plan suggests, the idea at work here is to move the city away from “dirty” energy (coal, oil, etc.) and move towards a greater expansion of clean power. Clean power comes in the form of wind, solar, tidal power, and more.
In the op-ed, Wirth points out a number of reasons why the move to clean power is preferable to the current process. Namely, moving things in the direction of a “greener” economy has the potential to contribute to a growing, more sustainable economy.
Wirth also notes that clean energy would lead to reduced carbon emissions. By curtailing the release of carbon emissions into the air, the hope is the damage caused by the emissions is curtailed.
The Reno City Council does not have jurisdiction over state or federal policy. Clearly, the plan that the city council has passed only impacts the city itself. Through passing the local plan, the potential does exist for the council to influence lawmakers elsewhere.
Andy Wirth‘s commentary may carry a lot of weight with people who are on the proverbial fence about supporting clean power initiatives. As President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, Wirth has established himself as a major player in the resort and hotel industry. His name is well known and an endorsement from him could help a cause.
The op-ed might not change a lot of minds, but it can plant a few seeds for thought. Who knows where this will take public opinion over time.
Source: Reno Gazette-Journal