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May 6, 2015

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We expect officials to help nurture new businesses

Regarding the Las Vegas Sun’s Monday editorial on solar power, “Undercutting the future — Republican plan to end federal program would hurt Nevada and the nation”:

I am not a frequent supporter of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his politics. But, this time, Mr. Reid unquestionably has it right.

Each elected official is obligated to act in the best interests of Nevada and its people. The people of Nevada know that this state has an abundance of renewable energy potential. This is the key to our financial recovery and diversity of our economy. The opportunity to become a global leader in the production of renewable energy is just sitting stagnant.

I have strong words of warning for Republican Reps. Dean Heller, Joe Heck and any other elected officials in our state who do not put their noses to the grindstone in securing these government loans. The people of Nevada demand elected officials to nurture new companies and the building of their plants, their operations and expansions.

The well-being of the state and its people is at stake. Failure is not an option. The people of this state are watching closely. Should any of our elected officials continue to meander in their political platforms, the people will replace each inept political figure in the next election. Get to work, gentlemen. This is what all of you were elected to do.

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  1. I'll say it again. Using taxpayer money to build and pay for huge solar plants controlled by a few big companies is the 'wrong' idea. We will just create another energy monopoly like NV energy, who will then control the rates we pay.

    In the past, an individual could not build and operate a personal nuclear, natural gas or coal fired power plant for his or her home so we needed giant plants owned and operated by giant companies to provide and distribute energy.

    The future has arrived and we CAN have personal solar power plants on our roofs to generate our own personal electricity. The blocks to his happening (especially in Nevada) isn't technology; it is cost and of course the energy lobby who wants to control ALL the energy production and distribution.

    If the government took the money it wants to allocate for these huge solar plants in the desert and instead used it to help individual Americans afford to place a personal solar power plant on their roofs, we could generate much of our own electricity for free and sell any excess energy to the local power company.

    The infrastructure is already here and so is the technology and this effort would create massive new employment and a whole new industry.


  2. Bradley, you are wrong. Private businesses should not be subsidized with tax dollars. Edison, Bell, Deere, Gates, Jobs & 1,000s of others saw a need and filled it. They became rich; we profited from their ingenuity and live better lives for it. No government dollars were needed or necessary. Michael, you were right until you called for tax dollars to be spent subsidizing individuals. The moment personal solar becomes a good buy, millions will be sold and no tax dollars will be siphoned off to benefit the few at the expense of the many.

  3. Bradley...FAILURE is not an option?

    Sure it is. Look around you.

    But don't be so coy.

    This is an obvious political ploy for future legislation.

    The corporate-sponsored Republican Party wants to tax sunlight in Nevada.

    ...and then the moon at night.

    But it's all good, Bradley.