"Mr. Speaker, for far too long, Nevada's economy has primarily been dependent on gaming and mining for job creation. Now it's time to diversify and take action to create clean energy jobs in Nevada, the sunniest state in the country with abundant geothermal and wind resources. We need jobs in Southern Nevada and the key is to focus on innovative new clean energy technologies.
"Just yesterday, a major solar developer in Nevada, Solar Millennium, announced that it plans to dry-cool' its new plant in the Amargosa Valley. That means it will use 90 percent less water than originally anticipated. This is very exciting and in keeping with a number of amendments I have offered on the floor to improve the water efficiency of solar technology. It's important because many of the sunniest states are also some of the driest. This smart, innovative decision to use less water for this major solar project will speed the approval process, help stimulate the local economy, and create needed jobs in Southern Nevada."