Villaraigosa at Vegas energy summit; Schwarzenegger skips for family

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California political and policy leaders are among those taking part in a national energy summit today in Las Vegas. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that green jobs are a hot topic.

It’s the second annual national energy summit in Nevada, and it’s high profile – former president Bill Clinton will make special remarks, and Al Gore and T. Boone Pickens will talk about clean energy policy. Pickens is a big booster of natural gas – a fossil fuel that has half the carbon impact of coal in producing electricity.

Federal Energy Secretary Steven Chu will join L.A.mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in a larger workshop on promoting energy infrastructure and the market for renewable energy. This year’s summit also focuses on job creation – White House Council on Environmental Quality special adviser Van Jones and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will discuss how jobs relate to a green economy.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, scheduled to take part in morning workshops, is not in Las Vegas. Instead, he’s working in Sacramento and planning to return to Cape Cod, where his mother-in-law, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, has been in the hospital for a week.