- Associated Press - Sunday, October 2, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Millions of dollars have gone toward Nevada elections from environmental groups supporting Democrats for office.

NextGen Climate, the League of Conservation Voters and other groups spent more than $3 million so far on efforts including advertising and canvassers, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal (https://bit.ly/2cXz6WM).

NextGen Climate started in 2013 and is now on nine of the state’s college campuses and over 200 around the country.

“We’re organized to try to promote voter-to-voter contact for millennials around energy and climate,” said NextGen Climate president Tom Steyer in an email. “The idea is to engage millennials to get them to talk to each other about climate issues, clean energy issues and the policies around them and the results of doing the right thing or wrong thing.”

Its polls of voters who are between 18 and 34 years old show clean energy is a priority.

“Ultimately, unless it’s a voting issue, your likelihood of getting any progress in the United States is low,” Steyer said.

Nevada is among three states that the Sierra Club has been focusing on as well.

“Probably the most dramatic thing is the difference in the candidates on climate,” said Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director.

The group plans to bring volunteers in from California to knock on doors.

“Without a doubt, we’ll have more volunteers engaged in the state than ever before,” he said.

The League of Conservation Voters and LCV Victory Fund are also making Nevada a priority.

“But there’s no doubt that the Nevada program will be among our largest,” said Clay Schroers, the fund’s national campaign director. “We are really putting in a ton of work. We have field programs, candidate programs running in both the Senate and the presidential race.”


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, https://www.lvrj.com

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