Reid Statement on Federal Solar Power Development Moratorium

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today made the following statement regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) moratorium on new applications to develop solar power plants, which could delay development by close to two years: “This notice of intent is the wrong signal to send to solar power developers, and to Nevadans and Westerners who need and want clean, affordable sun-powered electricity soon.  While the BLM’s proposed delay won’t affect developers with existing applications, it could discourage or slow new development to a crawl.    “This administration should be reprogramming funds urgently so BLM can complete its regulations and work through its application backlog.  Right now, the administration’s misplaced higher priority seems to be aimed at fossil fuels…. Read more »

Reid: Bush and McCain Still Don't Get It – We Cannot Drill Our Way Out of This Energy Crisis

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s proposal to drill offshore for oil: “This week’s flip-flop on offshore oil drilling by President Bush and Senator John McCain is nothing more than a cynical campaign ploy that will do nothing to lower energy prices and represents another big giveaway to oil companies already making billions in profits. “The facts are clear: Oil companies have already had ample opportunity to increase supply, but they have sat on their hands.  They aren’t even using more than half of the public lands they already have leased for drilling.  And despite the huge tax breaks President Bush and Republican Congresses have given oil and gas companies to invest in refineries, domestic production has actually… Read more »

Nevada Congressional Delegation Calls on Nevadans to Sign Petition Against Yucca Mountain

Washington, DC—Nevada’s congressional delegation today called on all Nevadans to sign the petition against Yucca Mountain.  Tomorrow, the Department of Energy will walk the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) through the application it submitted to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. The NRC will then have until September 1, 2008 to determine whether to accept the Energy Department’s application for further review.  The petition calls on the NRC to reject the application, which contains designs for the dump that are only 35 percent complete and lacks a public safety plan in the event of an emergency. “I urge all Nevadans to go to my website,, and sign the petition against Yucca Mountain,” Reid said.  “Just as the Nevada delegation is… Read more »

Reid Statement on Bill to Build Renewable Energy Transmission Lines in Nevada

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today at a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to look at solutions for installing renewable energy transmission lines in Nevada and across the West.  A strong renewable energy industry will create thousands of good-paying jobs, increase rural economic development opportunities, and help our environment. “If 20% of the nation’s power came from renewable energy by 2020, which happens to be the same standard in Nevada but for 2015, we would create at least 185,000 new jobs and actually save consumers $10.5 billion in lower electricity and natural gas bills,” Reid said.  “The West will need 7,500 miles of new transmission lines over the next decade to significantly expand renewable energy… Read more »

Reid statement on death of Tim Russert

  Washington, DC—Nevada Senate Harry Reid made the following statement in response to news of Tim Russert’s death: “I was greatly saddened to learn of Tim Russert’s untimely death.  Tim was a warm and gracious family man with a great zest for life and an unsurpassed passion for his work.  His rise from working-class roots to become a well-respected leader in political journalism is an inspiration to many.  Tim asked the tough questions the right way and was the best in the business at keeping his interview subjects honest.  My thoughts are with his family.” ###

Reid Meets with Henderson Chamber of Commerce

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met with members of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, along with several city officials to discuss issues important to Henderson residents and businesses, including health care, transportation, land and energy. “The Chamber representatives and I discussed Henderson’s tremendous growth and ways we can work together to meet the challenges that comes along with it,” Reid said. “It was a great discussion, and I thank the Chamber members and city officials for taking the time to meet with me.”   The Henderson business community strongly supports Reid’s Southern Nevada Limited Transition Area Act lands bill.  The bill would redistribute the 500 acres of land surrounding the Henderson Airport to City of Henderson.  The city… Read more »

Reid Receives Award from Save The Children

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid received Save the Children’s 2008 Congressional Champion for Real and Lasting Change Award from the organization’s President and CEO Charlie McCormack. The award acknowledges Reid’s “tireless leadership in making real and lasting change in the lives of children,” mainly in rural Nevada. “We recognize Reid’s important role in helping focus the nation’s attention on the unique needs of children in emergencies,” MacCormack said. “We commend Reid for his commitment to ensuring that the United States is fully prepared to care for our most vulnerable people in times of disaster.” “I’m honored that Save the Children presented me with this award,” Reid said. “I am proud of these efforts on behalf of Nevada’s children,… Read more »

Reid Receives Public Service Award from National Park Trust

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid was awarded the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award by the National Park Trust. Senator Reid received the award in recognition of his lifetime of outstanding service and innovation in the preservation of Nevada’s outdoors. Among Reid’s accomplishments is the creation Great Basin National Park, Nevada’s first and only national park. “I am honored to receive this award named for my friend, Bruce Vento,” Reid said. “Bruce was a great man who devoted his life to keeping America beautiful. Together, we created Great Basin National Park. In honoring his memory, we must all continue to do our part in preserving Nevada’s wealth of outdoor treasures.” Bruce F. Vento served as the Chairman of… Read more »

Reid: Democrats Fight for Short- and Long-Term Fixes to Energy Crisis While Republicans Fight for Status Quo

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the Consumer-First Energy Act: “On Friday I spoke of high energy prices – as I have on numerous occasions – and of the need for the Senate to pass the Consumer First Energy Act.  When I came to the Senate floor Friday afternoon, I mentioned that the price of oil had spiked all the way to $132. “While I was delivering my remarks – and by the end of trading on Friday – $132 was already a distant memory and oil was up to $138 a barrel.  The massive spike in oil prices we saw on Friday and the corresponding 400-point drop… Read more »

Rural Aviation Grants Help Upgrade Airports

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign today announced more than $1 million in grant funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for modernization and improvements to rural airports in Nevada. Upgrading air travel in rural Nevada is critical to future economic development projects, allowing safer and more convenient access to various areas of the state. This funding will provide an automated weather observing system in Austin, and improved runway lighting and fencing in Battle Mountain. It will also fund an updated airport master plan in Hawthorne, which will be extremely important to help avoid any Department of Defense attempt to put the Hawthorne Army Depot back on the Base Realignment and Closure list in the future…. Read more »