Harry Reid’s Policy on Energy
Energy has become a highly contested issue in the 2010 election, due in part to concerns over global warming, BP oil spill and dependence on foreign oil. For the Senate race, Sharron Angle and Harry Reid both run on quite different platforms as far as energy is concerned. While both candidates have valid stances on energy, each candidate’s policy does have its drawbacks.
Harry Reid’s policy focuses on developing incentives for green/renewable businesses in Nevada. Senator Reid’s energy policy is centered on creating green jobs as “the only way to solve the job problem is to create more jobs” . His intent is to promote the development of geothermal, wind and solar resources (see green jobs coming to Las Vegas). His policy has been successful at bringing solar and geothermal companies to Nevada and his hope is that it will have the “potential to bring as many as 41,000 jobs to Nevada”. Reid’s policy does have potential to develop a great renewable energy industry in Nevada.
Reid is against its nuclear waste dumping, while being indifferent to its nuclear energy usage. Over the past few years, Reid led a successful campaign to shut down the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Depository . This was a yet another setback for the nuclear energy industry. Mr. Ried has stated “I’m not against nuclear power. I just was totally opposed to trying to bring all the garbage from it to the state of Nevada.” Which is fair enough, as states that reap the benefits of nuclear power should bear the cost of storing its waste.
Reid’s is a major supporter for oil industry regulation reform and accountability. After the BP oil spill, Reid worked to raise BP’s liability cap for the disaster. He argued a “$10 billion cap is inadequate” and that “Whatever the final figure the catastrophe is a wake-up call.”  As it was a wake up call the oil industry, we should be careful to not overregulate our domestic supply of oil.
If energy policy is your most important factor in voting, you should vote for Harry Reid if:
• You want green/renewable energy industry in Nevada
• You are opposed to nuclear storage in Nevada.
• You are indifferent to nuclear power
• You want oil companies to be liable for incidents
Angle vs. Reid: Angle on Energy
 Transcript of the Harry Reid-Sharron Angle debate, Oct. 14, 2010
Reid, Harry Issues: Energy http://www.harryreid.com/ee/index.php/issues/entry/issues-energy
 Nolen, John. Harry Reid: $10 Billion Oil Spill Liability Cap is “Inadequate” http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20005195-503544.html