The National Clean Energy Summit 2.0 took place earlier today at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas Nevada, and it featured prominent minds from environmentally aware groups.
Some notable attendees of the summit were host U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, T. Boone Pickens, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Van Jones and Danny Thompson.
Focusing on Jobs and the New Economy
Starting off the summit was a two and one half hour roundtable called Building the Clean-Energy Economy. More than 900 attendees were present at the sold out summit, and major news outlets hung on words from former President Bill Clinton who spoke on renewable energy and the more than 7 million jobs since the recession began in 2007.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote about Clinton’s speech earlier today…
In a wide-ranging speech, Clinton referred repeatedly to the 7 million jobs the nation has lost since the recession’s 2007 beginning. He talked of restoring some of those jobs by unlocking private capital locked down in an ongoing credit freeze, and he urged the nation to take what Nevada is doing and put it on steroids to develop a green economy.
But achieving those goals will first require convincing naysayers that green energy can be good economics, Clinton said. It’s a particularly relevant point to make in Nevada, with its nation-leading foreclosure rate and 12.3 percent joblessness.
Focusing on energy efficiency and clean power wouldn’t just create jobs; it would reap huge savings for consumers and give the environment a major boost, Clinton said. The American Council for Energy Efficiency has said investments in retrofitting and green fuel would cut $2 trillion from Americans’ power bills by 2050, and such investments would provide up to half of the greenhouse-gas emissions cuts a law pending before the Senate would require, Clinton said.
What’s more, a Kinsey report found that a $520 billion investment in weatherization and energy retrofitting nationwide would cut energy for heating and power generation by 23 percent and allow consumers to save $1.2 trillion. Closing 22 percent of the country’s older, smaller coal-fired power plants would cut coal-plant emissions by half or more.
“I say all this because, while some things have been done, we’re in a country that has just lost 7 million jobs,” Clinton said. “We’re still just playing with this.”
For more information on the summit, please visit cleanenergysummit.org.