National Clean Energy Summit 2.0
Press Release

August 4, 2009
Secretary of Labor Solis and Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa
Among National Leaders to Discuss Job Creation Through Clean Energy
Las Vegas United States Senate Majority Leader and Nevada Senator Harry Reid and Center for American Progress Action Fund President and CEO John Podesta announced additional leaders to take part in National Clean Energy Summit 2.0 on Monday, August 10th at the University of Nevada, Las VegasPresident Bill Clinton, United States Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa join a highly respected group of Nevada and national leaders from government, labor and non-profit organizations including already announced participants, Vice President Al Gore and energy executive T. Boone Pickens. 
Summit 2.0 will continue the discussion created during last year's national summit, which was also held in Las Vegas. This year's focus: jobs. According to a study by the Center for American Progress and University of Massachusetts, the combination of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the energy bill being considered in Congress, can generate a net 1.7 million jobs in Nevada and nationwide.
Distinguished guests to be a part of the Summit discussions include:
  • President Bill Clinton
  • Vice President Al Gore
  • United States Secretary of Energy Steven Chu
  • United States Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis
  • White House Council on Environmental Quality Special Advisor Van Jones
  • Washington Senator Maria Cantwell
  • Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa
  • Tim Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund
  • T. Boone Pickens, energy executive
  • General Wesley Clark, Co-Chairman, Growth Energy
  • Denise Bode, CEO, American Wind Energy Association
  • John Woolard, CEO, Bright Source Energy
  • Marc Porat, Chairman of the Board, Serious Materials
  • Dr. Stephanie Burns, President and CEO, Dow Corning
  • Terry OSullivan, President, Laborers International Union of North America
  • Lucien Bronicki, Founder, Ormat Technologies
  • Stephen Roell, President and CEO, Johnson Controls
  • Rose McKinney James, Energy Foundation Board
  • Nevada State Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford
  • Danny Thompson, Nevada AFL  
  • Michael Yackira, President and CEO, NV Energy
  • Keith Schwer, UNLV Economist
The National Clean Energy Summit 2.0 is being sponsored by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, US Senator Harry Reid and UNLV.  For more information about Summit 2.0, please visit www.cleanenergysummit.org.
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