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CEO Outdoorsman Andy Wirth Supports Reno Clean Power Plan

Andy Wirth, the president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings wrote an Op-Ed in the Reno Gazette-Journal.. In it, he praises the Reno city council for supporting the Clean Power Plan.

Wirth argues that the CPP would help reduce the regional reliance on coal and provide new economic opportunities. With a sense of urgency, Wirth insists that the time is now to address environmental concerns while getting ahead of he curve in the growing clean energy economy. This new energy sector on the horizon is the reason that this award winning business leader is placing his bets on the CPP being a boost to the economy.

With Nevada housing abundant resources of solar and geothermal energy, Wirth sees the state in a unique position to get a head start on the competition and become a leader in the booming industry of tomorrow.

Conventional political wisdom usually pits the business community and environmental protection against each other. This adventurous CEO disagrees. He declares that this issue is apolitical. It’s unacceptable to have falling environmental quality and a reliance on coal energy when the region is rich with green energy alternatives. Wirth issues a call to government leaders and the business community to work together to take the lead.

This is no surprise coming from a man who has enjoyed and protected the outdoor environment throughout his adult life. The grandson of former US National Park Service Director Conrad Wirth, Andy Wirth is a former US Forest Service Firefighter with the Hot Shot Wild Land Fire Crew in New Mexico. He has also worked for the Rocky Mountain National Parks and San Pedro Wilderness Area as a backcountry ranger and wilderness ranger.

Wirth spends his leisure time outdoors as well. He runs marathons and triathlons when he isn’t hiking in the mountains. When he isn’t trekking through the wilderness on foot, he will rides horseback. Now, as President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, Wirth can invite people to enjoy the natural beauty that he appreciates. With his support of the CPP, he also invites them to protect it.

Great Economic And Environmental Move

Over the years, many bodies are fighting the use of dirty coal power and are encouraging the use of renewable energy. The Reno City Council has also shown their support by voting renewable energy over the coal power. Their vote made them a prominent firm in the area to pledge their support for Clean Power Plan like many private companies. The voices from the private sector firms have pressed the utilities and led the society towards the renewable energy. They helped in creating awareness to the community about the adverse effects of using the coal power. The United States need an energy source that will help in economic growth and that will be economical to all citizens.

The Clean Power Plan has political influence, and the leaders need to use it to reach to the citizens. These elected officials should use this plan to show their actual leadership and not just their compliance to their duties. We can integrate the policy with a stronger and healthy economy if only we educate the local communities about the disadvantages of using the coal. All elected officials must be in a position to implement the long-term and logical thinking of using renewable energy. The drought, poor air, and the increased forest fires are the proof of carbon components in the atmosphere.

As a community, we can change this type of environment by encouraging companies that fight the use of coal in the region. Many investors have already shown interest in providing clean energy. These companies will not only provide clean power but also create jobs and help in the growth of our economy. The article aims at seeking support from the local society and the leaders to support this policy. It was published through the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Andy Wirth is the publisher of the above and his experience in the tourist industry has equipped him with the facts affecting the atmosphere. Mr. Andy has contributed to the community and environmental service organizations with an aim of improving this area. All his life he has worked towards campaigning for environmental rights.