U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Center for American Progress Action Fund President John Podesta Announce National Clean Energy Summit 2.0
Gore, Pickens among National Leaders to Discuss Job Creation through Clean Energy
Las Vegas – Coming on the heels of the recently House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act, the national discussion on renewable energy will move back to Nevada this August. Summit 2.0 will advance the clean energy conversation and provide critical input into the Senate’s deliberations over its energy proposals. United States Senate Majority Leader and Nevada Senator Harry Reid and Center for American Progress Action Fund President and CEO John Podesta announced plans yesterday for the National Clean Energy Summit 2.0 to be held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Monday, August 10th.
This is a continuation of the discussion created during last year’s national summit, which was also held in Las Vegas. This year’s focus: jobs. According to a study by the Center for American Progress and University of Massachusetts, the combination of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the energy bill being considered in Congress, can generate a net 1.7 million jobs in Nevada and nationwide.
On August 10th, UNLV will host roundtable discussions with industry leaders from Nevada and the entire nation, renowned scientists and respected policy experts, followed by a public town hall forum and keynote address. The distinguished guests joining Senator Reid and Mr. Podesta include former Vice President Al Gore and energy executive T. Boone Pickens.
"With our state’s vast renewable resources, there’s no better place to host this summit than Nevada," Reid said. "This event will bring the nation’s top minds to the table to continue building a vision for a sustainable clean energy economy; one that creates jobs, fuels innovation and investment, creates consumer savings for every American and reduces our reliance on oil."
"The National Clean Energy Summit 2.0 comes at a crucial moment for the nation," said Podesta. "With the economic recovery taking effect and the recently House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act providing a solid blueprint for Senate action, we must continue to identify areas where additional federal policies and bold leadership will be critical in driving and sustaining private-sector investments in the clean energy economy. I look forward to reuniting with this influential ensemble of leaders from business, government, labor, nonprofits, and community groups to discuss the architecture necessary to create millions of good jobs and lay the foundation for long-term growth and prosperity."
The National Clean Energy Summit 2.0 is being sponsored by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, US Senator Harry Reid and UNLV. For more information about Summit 2.0, please visit www.cleanenergysummit.org.
WHO: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Center for American Progress Action Fund President John Podesta, Former Vice President Al Gore, T. Boone Pickens. Additional names to be released soon.
WHAT: The National Clean Energy Summit 2.0 will engage a select group of the highest-level leaders from government, business, labor and non-profit organizations, intent on guiding the transformation of our nation’s energy policies. The Summit will focus on creating clean energy jobs in building a new low carbon economy.
WHEN: August 10, 2009
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