“Nevada is ground zero for the climate crisis. People in the Reno area couldn’t breathe fresh air for two months because of wildfire smoke last summer. Lake Mead is at all-time lows, triggering the first-ever water shortage on the Colorado River. Heat-related illness and death is on the rise. We have to take on the underlying and amplifying factor for all these problems: climate change. That means reducing emissions as much as possible, as fast as possible, in a way that works equitably for all. That’s why we need the climate provisions in the BBBA.

Our state is second in solar jobs per capita, and we’re ready to lead the nation’s new clean energy economy. The climate action in the BBBA would create an estimated 4,600 skilled union jobs over the next first five years of implementation in Nevada. We can’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to create good jobs while saving lives and livelihoods.” – Assemblyman Howard Watts

About Assemblyman Howard Watts:

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Howard Watts has dedicated his career to fighting for policies that preserve the environment, protect consumers, increase access to the ballot box, and ensure dignity for historically marginalized communities. A son of Culinary Union members and graduate of the Clark County School District and UNLV, Howard won election to the Nevada Assembly in 2018.

In the 80th Session of the Nevada Legislature, Assemblyman Watts introduced and passed laws to improve water conservation, support electric vehicles, improve Native American access to the ballot box, and assist mobile home owners. In addition, he joined his colleagues in supporting measures that increased the minimum wage, guaranteed paid leave, advanced sweeping criminal justice and voting rights reforms, and made health care more affordable.

For his work empowering young people to engage in the political process, Howard was recognized as a “Local Hero” by CityLifeMagazine, “Activist of the Year” by Vegas Seven, and received the 2012 Mario Savio Young Activist Award.