We face tremendous obstacles to accomplish many of the goals of the $369 billion bill passed to fight climate change.
We face a grid that cannot carry the amount of energy necessary to eliminate large amounts of CO2. We face property owners who do not want new transmission lines crossing their land. We face obstacles for developing deposits of lithium and other critical elements to make batteries for electric vehicles. We face shipping any lithium we produce to China for refinement. We face the intermittent nature of solar and wind energy for the establishment of reliable, constant energy.
Access to development of resources on public land is blocked by small groups who object to it. Pat Mulroy aptly noted about water conservation that those who seek to protect the environment by opposing solutions will find they are destroying the environment.
With the natural resources in Nevada, we could be the national leader in lithium production. With an investment in processing, we could be the leader in battery-ready lithium. These developments alone could give a big boost to the state’s economy while providing many good jobs.