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LETTER: The Inflation Reduction Act is already working wonders for Nevada

Your recent editorial “Inflation Reduction Act will add to the deficit” is partisan and short-sighted. It focuses myopically on the deficit while ignoring the investments, jobs and cost-savings that the clean energy transition is already bringing to our country and our state.

The Inflation Reduction Act is creating jobs and saving Americans money. In Nevada alone, the legislation has already led to an investment of $4 billion and the creation of more than 10,000 good-paying jobs. In the next 10 years, 40,000 new clean energy jobs are projected to be added in the state. According to a recent poll, more than 70 percent of Nevadans feel favorably toward policies that create good-paying jobs and expand job training in the clean energy industry.

Moreover, what the editorial refers to as a “radical green agenda” is broadly popular. Nearly half of Nevadans (42 percent) approve of President Joe Biden’s clean energy plan, while a third (33 percent) don’t have an opinion or haven’t heard of it. When Nevadans get more information about the plan’s accomplishments, approval jumps by 17 points.

Two in three Nevadans say climate change is an important issue — a reality the editorial fails to acknowledge. The editorial also fails to mention that both parties tend to add to the deficit while in power. The deficit isn’t top of mind for everyday Nevadans, but jobs and gas prices are. And on these metrics, the Inflation Reduction Act is a home run.

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