In a new story in The Nevada Independent, Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt once again employed his signature dodge and did not respond to any questions about his views on renewable energy and fighting climate change. Both Laxalt and his primary opponent, Dan Schwartz, ignored every question the Independent asked about Nevada’s energy future.
Laxalt “did not respond to inquiries” about whether he supports a ballot measure to raise Nevada’s renewable energy standard, which would inject over $3 billion into Nevada’s economy through 2030. Clean energy jobs grew by nearly 10 percent in Nevada last year — far higher than the state’s overall job growth rate — but Laxalt’s silence indicates he’s not interested in supporting one of Nevada’s fastest-growing job creating sectors. Laxalt’s website makes a vague reference to opposing the job-creating measure, but his campaign did not respond to requests for clarification.
Laxalt also “didn’t respond to a question” about whether he approves of Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, which aims to reduce the record-high temperatures like those that have been recorded throughout Nevada, which can exacerbate damaging wildfires in the state.
Laxalt again “did not respond to requests for comment” on whether he supports Trump’s move to phase out the Clean Power Plan. In 2016, Laxalt filed a brief against the Plan, a move that Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval panned as Laxalt “simply offering his legal opinion” and not acting on behalf of the state.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“Adam Laxalt can’t even be bothered to tell Nevadans whether he supports one of our fastest growing industries. It’s not just pathetic; it’s disqualifying. Renewable energy is key to Nevada’s future prosperity. Laxalt’s unwillingness to level with voters about where he stands on yet another important issue shows how unprepared and unfit he is to lead.”