Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas
Michael Olmstead directed the fifth annual National Clean Energy Summit on Tuesday, August 7th at the Las Vegas Bellagio Hotel. The NCES 5.0 event was produced by Chris Wayne and Associates and was sponsored by the Center for American Progress, Senator Harry Reid, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and MGM. The one-day event brought together an array of clean energy experts to explore the opportunities and challenges involved in moving away from oil and developing large-scale renewable energy in the United States.
The event featured Senator Reid, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Tesla founder Elon Musk, U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, and a closing keynote address by former President Bill Clinton.
Clinton’s speech was a 40 minute, largely extemporaneous tour de force, addressing the need for collective action, specific recommendations on how to capture “low hanging fruit” solutions while we push for long-term answers to large-scale renewable energy, and the need for a “tattoo test.” To understand the significance of this phrase, we highly recommend that you take the time to read the transcript of President Clinton’s speech.
The National Clean Energy Summit was produced by Chris Wayne and Associates, an affiliate of Events for Change. The technical production was delivered by Danny Huebsch.