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Energy bill seeks to aid switch from coal to renewables


Bill seeks changes to state renewable energy standard

New Mexico Political Report, Jan 21, 2019

“We know that we cannot rely on the federal government right now to lead on climate action,” Lujan Grisham said Jan. 15 in her State of the State address. “It is our responsibility and indeed our moral obligation to ensure our planet and our state are preserved for our children and their children.”



David Gutzler, a professor at the University of New Mexico and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, spoke to members of the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee at the opening of the session. He said., “the mountains outside Albuquerque will look like the mountains outside El Paso by the end of the century if current trends continue…There will not be any snowpack in the mountains above Santa Fe by the end of the century.”


For Haaland, climate change is ‘worth losing sleep over’

New Mexico Political Report,  Jan 21, 2019

Laura Paskus

“We need to stay on top of this,” says Haaland. Many voices will continue advocating for fossil fuel extraction, especially in a state like New Mexico that has been dependent upon oil and gas revenues for decades. But the signs of that dependency are everywhere, even in the sky—the largest methane anomaly, or “hotspot,” in the northern hemisphere is above the Four Corners, she notes. “I think we need to put people’s lives first, I think we need to put our environment first,” she says. “Everything we have comes from our Earth, and if we don’t take care of it, we can expect to start losing things.”