The Latest: Gore optimistic about renewable energy
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on a national green energy conference in Las Vegas (all times local PDT):
Despite continued denial of global warming in some circles, former Vice President Al Gore told a national green energy conference in Las Vegas he’s “extremely optimistic” about growing bipartisan support for bigger investments in renewable energy.
Gore said Friday he’s more concerned than ever about warming oceans stirring up unprecedented storms, catastrophic wildfires in the West and rising temperatures across entire regions.
But the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports he also outlined reason for hope during his keynote address at the 10-year-old National Clean Energy Summit co-hosted by former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid and Gov. Brian Sandoval.
Gore says more leaders from both parties are beginning to take the problem seriously and the renewable energy economy is “really taking off,” especially in places like Nevada.
A non-profit group urging increased investment in renewable energy says jobs tied to clean energy in Nevada are growing at a rate three times faster than overall statewide employment.
The Nevada-based Clean Energy Project and a non-partisan group of environmental entrepreneurs, E2, released the report ahead of Friday’s national energy summit in Las Vegas.
Former Vice President Al Gore is scheduled to give the keynote address at the gathering co-hosted by ex-Nevada Sen. Harry Reid and Gov. Brian Sandoval.
The new report says jobs in Nevada’s clean energy sector have grown 9.5 percent over the past year, to a total of more than 31,000. That compares to overall growth of about 3 percent in Nevada’s non-farm labor workforce.
Nationally, the study says more than 3 million people now work in clean energy and clean transportation.