Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | 2 a.m.
I was pleased that Sen. Harry Reid was awarded a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award from the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. During his career, Reid has championed clean-energy technologies, blocked rollbacks to the Clean Air and Clean Water acts, stopped the construction of dirty coal power plants and killed the prospect of nuclear waste being transported across Nevada for storage at Yucca Mountain. His actions ensure Nevada moves forward with a clean and healthy environment in which to raise our children and grow our economy.
For me, the most lasting impact is his support of public lands conservation. With Reid’s backing, Nevada has seen the creation of Great Basin National Park and the Red Rock Canyon and Sloan Canyon National Conservation areas, as well as Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument. Reid continues to support conservation efforts for Basin and Range and Gold Butte. In an increasingly crowded and polluted world, our protected public lands serve as a place of respite and serenity where the natural environment has space to thrive. Protected lands are the best gift we can leave for future generations. Thank you, Sen. Reid, for having the foresight and courage to fight for the people and the environment.