Nevada imports almost 90% of the energy it uses from other states. Most of its petroleum is used for transportation and natural gas generates the majority of the stateís electricity.
America now occupies a position of energy leadership that was unthinkable a short time ago. These developments are strengthening America's energy and economic security and benefiting tens of millions of individuals. Nevada understands the importance of a balanced energy solution better than most.
The EPA has stated its intent to revise the existing standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to as low as 65 -70 ppb. And the current standard, the most stringent standard ever, has not even been implemented yet. Emissions are as low as they have been in decades and air quality continues to improve. The EPA should abandon plans to tighten the NAAQS for ground-level ozone because the cost to implement could crush the manufacturing comeback by removing our nationís energy advantage.
Sound regulations protect human health and the environment, while promoting economic development. Unfortunately, some regulations are not only harmful to the economy but also unnecessary for environmental protection.
The issues that need to be addressed include access to steady, reliable sources; development of sound regulations; and increased conservation and energy efficiency.