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CEO of Ski Valley Holdings, Andy Wirth expressed his gratitude to Reno City Council for voting in support of the Clean Power Plan, through an Op-ed that was published by the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Andy said, it is a move that will help the country advance from the use of traditional coal energy and using clean, renewable energy. The vote made the council an important entity in the Clean Power Plan movement. He went further to acknowledge that times have changed in a big way, with a healthy, new sustainable and growing economy giving everyone in the region a chance.
He said that the stakeholder companies are utilizing the elected officials and Region utilities in creating a clean energy economy. Andy insisted on the need for clean energy now and not as a thing of the future. He expressed his belief that a vibrant and healthy economy is fuelled by strong policies like Clean Power Plan. He stressed on actual leadership, long-term, rational and logical thinking from the elected leaders.
Andy believes that it can make the region an example of clean energy in the creation of a strong economy. People are still burning coal for the production of electricity, which leads to the low-quality air that people breathe, the drought, forest fires, and carbon footprint, which contribute to the climate woes. Andy said that there is a big opportunity in sourcing for clean energy. At the same time, he challenged companies such as Microsoft, Apple, and Tesla to join in the movement and continue providing employment to the people.
Supporting the Clean Power Plan and ushering in a clean energy future will enable the economy to grow remarkably and people will benefit a great deal. Andy urged the elected officials in Congress, State Government, and civic entities to support fully maximum clean energy while at the same time helping the regional economic growth.
Andy Wirth is the chairman of Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. He has been in the mountain resort and hotel industries for over 25 years. He is the CEO Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. Andy Wirth is also a contributor to environmental and community service organizations in the Lake Tahoe region. His focus is the improvement of the area.