In an opinion piece published in September in the Reno Gazette-Journal, business leader Andrew Wirth urges support for a regional Clean Power Plan. According to Wirth, the recent vote of support for the Clean Power Plan by the Reno City Council is a vital step toward ensuring a stronger economy and a vibrant and healthy energy future.
Wirth calls the moment in history at which we find ourselves a “crux moment,” using the lingo of climbers. Now, he tells us, is an opportunity to think long-term about the future of the region, making energy decisions that ensure a healthy future by refusing to cater to entrenched special interests. Wirth applauds the efforts of the City Council and lauds many privately held companies that are working to ensure a future of clean energy.
Wirth also insists that the issue of clean energy is apolitical. He points to increasing air pollution, more and more frequent forest fires and other climate woes as signs that we must move away from coal toward energy sources that are healthier for us and for our environment.
But Wirth is doing more than issuing a warning- he’s urging us to seize an opportunity. We must demand more from our leaders, he insists. We must insist upon an energy plan that looks to the future, not the past. The Clean Power Plan, according to Wirth, is a start.
About Andrew Wirth
Andrew Wirth, the grandson of former US National Park Service Director Conrad Wirth, has worked in the hospitality industry for over 25 years. He is currently the President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, the parent company for both the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts located in Olympic Valley, CA.
Born in West Germany, Wirth was a wilderness ranger before working his way up in the resort industry through sales and marketing positions. He has received multiple community service and business leadership awards and was named 2014’s Citizen of the Year by Disabled Sports USA after becoming disabled in a 2013 skydiving accident.