Energy and Public Lands


Our nation needs a comprehensive energy policy that allows us to develop our own resources as well as find ways to develop renewable resources efficiently and affordably. Middle class families across the state have already been forced to tighten their belts, and the last thing they need is to feel the squeeze of higher energy prices.  The United States is blessed with abundant natural resources, and we have the ability to ensure an affordable, stable supply of the energy needed to power our economy by developing them responsibly.  Democrats and Republicans must work together to develop concrete policies that will lower prices, expand domestic production, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. In Nevada, we have tremendous opportunities for renewable energy development, as well as other important resource development.  I will continue to promote responsible development on the nearly 87 percent of Nevada’s lands that are federally-controlled and support commonsense measures that will help our nation move toward alternative energy technologies to power our future. I am committed to championing responsible energy policies that serve the best interests of Nevadans and the nation.

Public Lands

As a lifelong Nevadan and rancher, I am fighting hard to ensure that Nevadans have access to our public lands for multiple-use purposes such as grazing, economic development, and recreation.  Without a doubt, the federal government owns too much land in the West.  Because 87 percent of Nevada’s land is managed by the federal government, I believe Congress should transfer some of our lands to the state and local governments.  Frequently, local governments approach the Nevada congressional delegation about issues related to public lands, and the responsible management and increased access to our public lands has been one of my top priorities in Congress.  I have been working in Congress for years on bills that free up public land for development, recreation, and other purposes.

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