Pres. Obama pitches clean energy, fund-raises in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –

President Barack Obama showed up in Las Vegas on Monday afternoon in an effort to promote his push for clean energy.

Air Force One landed at McCarran International Airport at 4:21 p.m.

Obama spoke to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak at the base of the airplane steps. Goodman provided the president a package of info about Las Vegas’ efforts to make use of green energy.

Sandoval signed up with Obama in the motorcade bound for the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, where the president spoke at the National Clean Energy Summit.

Amongst the crucial points of his address, President Obama said on the nation’s developments in clean and renewable energy. He pointed out the nation’s leading ranking in wind power and pitched solar power’s economical values. The president stated he is dedicated to obtaining the U.S. 20 percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2030.

Following the check out, Sandoval released a statement providing, in part, gratitude to the president and understanding into pressing energy concerns in Nevada:

“I wish to thank President Obama for making the effort to see the fantastic state of Nevada and agreeing to consult with me on behalf of all Nevadans. Today we discussed a number of pressing concerns facing the mountain west including conservation, financial advancement, and renewable energy. Most significantly, we went over the crucial need for efforts to secure populations of the greater sage-grouse to properly align with ongoing development efforts, which I firmly believe is attainable through a conservation strategy based on cutting edge science, common sense finest practices and collaborative decision-making. I am hopeful that our meeting today will certainly act as a stepping stone as we continue to browse this important problem. Interacting, I’m enthusiastic that we can preclude the need to list the greater sage-grouse simply as we have actually done with the bi-state sage-grouse.”

President Obama’s remarks were preceded by introductions by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren and diva of The Killers, Brandon Flowers.

Later, the president went to a fundraising event in Henderson for Democratic senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto that took place at the home of Las Vegas Sun publisher Brian Greenspun.

The president retired at a resort in Lake Las Vegas finishing up the day in the Valley.

Obama will depart from Las Vegas about 10:10 a.m. Tuesday.

Drivers are reminded that rolling traffic restrictions and closures will certainly take place along the president’s motorcade route.

Obama last saw Las Vegas in November, when he talked with a crowd at Del Sol High School and called for immigration reform.

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