City Leaders Promote Business, Ditch Clean Energy

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(photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Las Vegas, NV) A new bill to attract new business to downtown Las Vegas has been approved by the Las Vegas City Council.

A proposal by Councilman Bob Beers to eliminate energy-efficiency requirements for buildings older than four years passed by a vote a vote of 4-3. Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto has told the city that if they indeed pass the bill that it would be in violation of the state.

“I’m sure a lot of businesses will pass the energy inspection because they want to. But if someone is coming into Las Vegas and wants to live the dream and start a small business, why can’t we cut them some slack,” Says Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony.

The green advocates have battled Beers over his proposal to eliminate the codes in downtown.

Anthony, Beers, Ward 3 Councilman Bob Coffin and Mayor Carolyn Goodman voted in favor of the bill.

Beers said more than once that opposition has come from professionals and consultants who make money by charging clients to comply with codes they know nothing about.

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