Las Vegas Sun

July 29, 2016

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Letter to the editor:

Energy-efficient policies are the way

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Improved energy efficiency is a no-brainer to boost the health and economic stability of Nevada residents and businesses.

Modest investments in efficient lighting, insulation, commercial retrofits and appliances pay off quickly, put more money in our pockets and reduce hard-to-stomach summer energy bills. As our population grows, efficiency will help Nevada meet its energy needs without building expensive new power plants.

Equally important, investments in energy efficiency will reduce our dependence on dirty carbon energy sources that sicken us and our planet. Pollution from coal-fired power plants is implicated in asthma, cardiovascular disease, several types of cancer and learning disabilities in children. As a family physician, I see the bad health effects of long-term exposure to pollution from dirty energy sources.

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission has the opportunity to advance energy efficiency at its open hearing Thursday. I encourage citizens and the commission members to support maximum funding for energy efficiency projects.

Energy efficiency provides short-term jobs, long-term economic stability and, best of all, better health for all.

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