State of New Mexico secondary Archives: on Energy & Oil


Mick Rich: Protected public lands could be a source of energy and jobs

New Mexico's federal public lands were always intended to benefit its citizens. But recently, much of New Mexico's public land has been fenced off from the people. This is an outrageous overreach by the federal government. We demand the return of our public land for energy production and job creation, while we preserve its natural beauty for our children and grandchildren. New Mexico can and will lead our nation in producing clean energy for national energy independence.
Source: 2018 New Mexico campaign website MickRichForSenate.com Jan 18, 2018

Steve Pearce: Must include fossil fuels as well as green energy

Burdensome regulations are killing jobs and driving up energy prices at a time when we can afford neither. We should increase the supply of domestic gas and oil, while also developing greener sources of energy like wind, solar and nuclear power. We can protect our environment and reduce our dependence on foreign oil only if only we start harnessing all our sources of energy.
Source: 2018 New Mexico Gubernatorial website pearce.house.gov Aug 22, 2017

Mick Rich: Make public lands accessible for energy production

New Mexico's federal public lands were always intended to benefit its citizens. But recently, much of New Mexico's public land has been fenced off from the people. This is an outrageous overreach by the federal government. We demand the return of our public land for energy production and job creation, while we preserve its natural beauty for our children and grandchildren. New Mexico can and will lead our nation in producing clean energy for national energy independence.
Source: 2018 New Mexico Senate website MickRichForSenate.com Aug 8, 2017

Jeff Apodaca: Old and new energy industries must adapt

Apodaca noted that oil and gas exploration make up 35 percent of the state's economy and cannot be replaced. Apodaca said he would work with those industries to invest in technology that would recapture fugitive methane. He also highlighted opportunities for developing renewable energy, such as solar power.
Source: Farmington Daily Times on 2018 New Mexico Gubernatorial race Aug 3, 2017

Jeff Apodaca: Solar power will bring money & jobs

New Mexico is the 2nd sunniest state, yet 48th when it comes to renewable energy production. That's crazy. If we invest into a strength, our beautiful sunshine, we have the capability to generate enough clean energy to power other states while fueling job creation at home. We will turn New Mexico around by investing in ourselves.
Source: NMPolitics.net OpEd for 2018 New Mexico Gubernatorial race Jul 17, 2017

Joe Cervantes: Research snd develop renewable energy

Q: How will you address climate change problems like water scarcity and increased wildfires?

A: Historically, New Mexico has been a territory with scarce water and has learned to work with less. New Mexico should be showing leadership in this issue through its research universities innovating, manufacturing and developing renewable energy sources, which are abundant in our state.

Source: NM Political Report on 2018 New Mexico Gubernatorial race Jul 7, 2017

Susana Martinez: Diversify so we're not at mercy of federal government

One year ago, I warned about the impacts of lost oil and gas revenue. We all know the cause of the crisis. We've been at the mercy of the federal government and an unpredictable oil and gas market. We have been among the top five most dependent states on the federal government. Oil and gas revenues make up a third of our budget. It's been this way for decades and we won't change it overnight. But we must continue diversifying our economy and restraining the size of government.

When sequestration hit, we got an up-close look at what can happen when we are too reliant on federal government spending, and now we're seeing it with oil and gas. In just a year and a half, oil prices dropped 71 percent. That hit us hard. We lost over 11,000 oil and gas jobs. Despite those losses, we added over 30,000 private sector jobs. That's a direct result of choosing reforms: We are diversifying our economy and laying a strong foundation for private-sector growth.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to New Mexico Legislature Jan 17, 2017

Allen Weh: Explore every potential energy source, including oil & gas

New Mexico is an energy state. It has enormous reserves of oil, natural gas, uranium, and coal that are supplemented by the wind and the sun. These are vast resources benefiting New Mexico and the rest of the US as a whole.

I fully support exploring every potential energy source that will make America less dependent on foreign oil, create jobs, and is compatible with our environment. But not subsidizing them with taxpayer dollars. These for-profit businesses need to grow on their own merits and in open competition in the free market.

Some forms of "green" energy show promise, but until they are in greater demand by the American public and the free market, we should not be trying to force or coerce Americans to rely on them. Furthermore, we should not be pursuing policies that punish a particular sector of the economy, such as oil and gas, just because it is robust, or because we want to drive costs up in order to force Americans to embrace something that is not yet commercially viable.

Source: 2014 New Mexico Senate campaign website, AllenWeh.com Sep 1, 2014

Susana Martinez: Eliminate gross receipts tax on locomotive fuels

Early last year, I came before you to ask that we eliminate the gross receipts tax on locomotive fuels to level the playing field with Texas. I promised that if we did that, Union Pacific would locate in New Mexico. We came together in a bi-partisan manner and eliminated that tax.

And Union Pacific is now in New Mexico, creating 3,000 jobs building their new facility and over 600 permanent jobs. TE Connectivity is now leaving El Paso and moving to Santa Teresa, creating up to 200 jobs. It's a similar story with Alaska Structures, which also moved operations here from El Paso.

In fact, a Texas newspaper has seen what we've done, and they're worried--they said so in an editorial. Texas is worrying about New Mexico stealing their jobs. My friends, the more they worry, the better we're doing.

Source: 2012 New Mexico State of the State Address Jan 17, 2012

Susana Martinez: Cap-and-Tax does not move us toward a cleaner environment

The very first executive order I signed created a small business task force to review regulations over the next 90 days. We will maintain common-sense protections for consumers, workers and our environment. Rational regulations will remain, but irrational red tape will be cut. To be clear, regulations such as Pit Rule 17 and Cap-and-Tax do not move us toward a cleaner environment. Instead, they move jobs to the other side of the state line. New Mexico is a beautiful state and protecting the environment and developing our natural resources are not mutually exclusive goals. We can achieve both and we must achieve both. But that requires basing environmental regulations on sound science--not on political ideology.
Source: 2011 New Mexico State of the State Address Jan 18, 2011

Bill Richardson: Green Jobs Cabinet: lead renewable energy export

In last year's State of the State, I announced the creation of the Green Jobs Cabinet to create a statewide strategic plan for clean energy, clean technology development and job creation. We have developed ambitious goals:
  1. Be the leader in renewable energy export
  2. Be the center of the North American Solar Industry
  3. Lead the nation in green grid innovation
  4. Be a center of excellence for green building and energy efficiency
  5. Have a highly skilled clean-tech workforce.
Source: New Mexico 2010 State of the State Address Jan 19, 2010

Bill Richardson: $6M for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies

I am forming a Solar Power Task Force to identify a commercial-scale solar power project by the end of the year that would be under construction by 2006. The rewards can be substantial, in high-wage jobs and economic development. I am also proposing a $6 million capital projects package dedicated to incorporating energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies at state facilities and public schools throughout New Mexico. This will save taxpayers and school districts money by reducing energy costs.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature Jan 20, 2004

Carol Moseley-Braun: Invest in environmental technology

Another way [to provide prosperity], which I find very exciting, is to invest in environmental technologies-- creating incentives for entrepreneurs to create whole new industries that will not only preserve our air and our water and our soil here, and deal with energy shortfalls and difficulties, but also give us product to sell to the rest of the world.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Dick Gephardt: Apollo 2: Make US independent of foreign oil

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Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Gary King: Encourage cleaner burning fuels via tough standards

Source: New Mexico Governor 1996 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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