President Barack Obama to Deliver Keynote Address At "National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress"

published: 2015-08-04 14:46 | category: News

President Barack Obama will lead USA's foremost clean energy conversation as the keynote speaker during the "National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress" at Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center in Las Vegas Monday, Aug. 24. In its eighth year, the annual summit brings together clean energy advocates, business leaders, students, public officials and decision makers to discuss solutions for the advancement of the clean energy economy. The Summit is co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Harry Reid, Center for American Progress, the Clean Energy Project, MGM Resorts International and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

"I have so much affection and admiration for President Obama and we are thrilled to welcome him to participate in this year's summit," said U.S. Senator Harry Reid. "President Obama's record on clean energy and climate stands above all others. His administration has made the largest investment in clean energy in American history and there is no place better than Nevada to discuss how we will continue this progress."

Under the direction of President Obama, the United States is leading global efforts to address the threat of climate change, while making great strides domestically by increasing the use of wind, geothermal and solar power and reducing carbon emissions in record numbers. During the summit, President Obama and other clean energy visionaries will discuss topics such as securing greater energy independence, empowering Americans to develop existing clean energy resources and job creation through renewable energy initiatives.

"It's a tremendous honor to welcome President Obama as the keynote speaker at this year's summit," said Board Chair of the Clean Energy Project, Kathleen Drakulich. "Clean energy solutions have grown and diversified Nevada's economy and are key to the future of our country. We are thrilled at the opportunity to hear the President's vision for continued innovation and development during his visit to Nevada, one of the leading states for clean energy."

"MGM Resorts International believes in the need for businesses to make a conscious effort to reduce their carbon footprint," said Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, Jim Murren. "President Obama has made significant strides in this space and has been a strong ally in the fight for clean energy."

"We're so delighted that President Obama will be this year's keynote speaker at the National Clean Energy Summit," said President of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden. "At the Center for American Progress, we're dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans and finding alternative energy solutions today that will benefit generations to come."

"UNLV is a proud co-sponsor of The National Clean Energy Summit," said President of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Len Jessup. "President Obama has prioritized funding for important clean energy research and education activities that are making a positive impact in Nevada."

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