Michelle Lujan-Grisham on Energy & Oil



A healthy environment and a strong economy not in conflict

Our tax credits and clean car rules are strengthening our position as a clean energy state. We have cut pollution from the oil and gas industry in half compared to our neighbors in Texas, and our methane rules were recently adopted by the federal government as the standard for smart regulation. We are demonstrating that a healthy environment and a strong economy are not in conflict, offering a new model--the New Mexico model--for states like ours across the country.
Source: 2024 State of the State Address to the N.M. legislature , Jan 16, 2024

Codify our zero-emissions goal in state statute

We will take another step in our sustainability efforts by codifying our zero-emissions goal in state statute because there should be no question that New Mexico is committed to a cleaner, healthier future. We intend to design and implement a range of projects and initiatives to achieve that objective. We will take on this challenge the same way we have approached others: with creativity, with tenacity, and with the bold and innovative spirit that has always driven us forward.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the N.M. legislature , Jan 19, 2023

New Mexico to have nation's largest single wind complex

In two years, we've doubled our new renewable resources over the two years before that. New Mexico will be home to the largest single wind complex in the nation, and I expect we will soon rank in the top 5 in the country for per-capita wind energy production. We're driving down energy costs for you and reducing emissions. Property values are rising and, for the second straight year, more people are moving to New Mexico than moving out.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to New Mexico legislature , Jan 26, 2021

Climate change risks environmental annihilation

Grisham highlighted her state's approach to climate change, which includes a sweeping 2019 executive order that reduces greenhouse gas emissions in New Mexico by at least 45% by 2030. She's also encouraged state agencies to promote policies that push clean energy and reduce pollution. "We know time is running out to save our planet," she said. "We have the chance this November to end two existential crises: The Trump presidency and the environmental annihilation he represents."
Source: Politico.com on 2020 Democratic National Convention , Aug 19, 2020

Pro-active on climate change: 50% renewable by 2030

The U.S. Climate Alliance is a bipartisan group of governors committed to upholding the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, and New Mexico will join it. I will direct each state agency to participate in developing a comprehensive climate plan for New Mexico by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas pollution. I have committed to increasing our renewable portfolio standard--50 percent renewable energy by 2030 and 80 percent 10 years after that.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to New Mexico legislature , Jan 15, 2019

Limit greenhouse gases, lead on renewable energy

Q: Consider climate change a serious threat?

Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D): Yes. It would be irresponsible to ignore human impact on the changing climate. Modern science should guide our policy.

Steve Pearce (R): No. In 2010 said Intergovernmental Panel, which measured climate change, "doesn't even believe the crap."

Q: Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases?

Lujan-Grisham: Yes. Says: Limit greenhouse gases, join Paris Climate Accord, lead on renewable energy--50% of energy from renewables by 2030, 80% by 2040.

Pearce: No. "Burdensome regulations are killing jobs & driving up energy prices." Voted to prohibit EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. Called Paris Accord an unfair deal for Americans.

Q: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

Lujan-Grisham: Yes. Committed to facilitating investments in renewable energy sector.

Pearce: No. Wants to "support every form of energy." Voted repeatedly against credits or support for renewables.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Governor race , Oct 9, 2018

Supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

Lujan Grisham supports the PVS survey question on greenhouse gases

Project Vote Smart infers candidate issue stances on key topics by summarizing public speeches and public statements. Congressional candidates are given the opportunity to respond in detail; about 11% did so in the 2012 races.

Project Vote Smart summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?'

Source: Project Vote Smart 12-PVS-q18 on Aug 30, 2012

Voted YES on banning offshore oil drilling in Gulf of Mexico.

Lujan Grisham voted YEA Interior & Environment Agencies Appropriations

Congressional Summary: House amendment to H.R. 5538, the Interior & Environment Agencies Appropriations bill for FY 2017. This amendment would prohibit funds to be used to research, investigate, or study offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

Heritage Foundation recommends voting NO: (7/13/2016): The Gulf of Mexico continues to be a very important asset for our energy future and it continues to produce significant amounts of oil and natural gas. Yet the Eastern Gulf of Mexico has not participated to this point despite its significant potential. A 2014 Heritage Foundation report said: `Excessive regulations and bureaucratic inefficiencies have stymied oil production and prevented the full effects of the energy boom.` This amendment would block any potential progress that could take place by preventing the necessary work that would need to be prepared in the East Gulf for potential lease sales and eventual production.

Sierra Club recommends voting YES: (1/12/1974): The Sierra Club believes that no offshore petroleum exploration should occur unless and until the following conditions are met:

Legislative outcome: Failed House 185 to 243 (no Senate vote).

Source: Congressional vote 16-H5538B on Jul 13, 2016

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