For Immediate Release: Friday, October 28, 2022
Contact: Mark Morgenstein, Media Relations Director, [email protected], 678-427-1671
Environment New Mexico, Environment America endorse Gov. Lujan Grisham, 3 Congressional candidates
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Environment New Mexico and its national office Environment America announced Friday that they are endorsing the re-election of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury and U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez — and the election of Gabe Vasquez to Congress as well.
Gov. Lujan Grisham has made New Mexico a national leader on clean energy. Under her leadership, with the help of Environment New Mexico, the state committed to transitioning away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy by 2045. She has established some of the strongest regulations in the country designed to capture methane at the source, reducing leaks and further emissions. In addition, she promotes energy conservation.
Rep. Stansbury is a water policy expert who represents New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. She works for clean water for all New Mexicans, protecting public and tribal lands, and climate change. During this, her first term in Congress, she sponsored legislation to stop mining on New Mexico’s Buffalo Tract and another bill to help develop innovative clean energy technology.
Gabe Vasquez, who is running to represent New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. boasts stints working for New Mexico’s U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and on the Las Cruces City Council. If elected, he’s pledged to make climate change issues a priority by fostering a transition to clean energy, along with full-scale electrification. His website touts his work on public lands, saying he was “instrumental” in getting Organ Peaks National Monument designated and protected and he delivered millions of dollars in investment to create and improve parks in Las Cruces.
Rep. Leger Fernandez represents New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. She has built a reputation for protecting public lands and clean water on the Natural Resources committee. In addition, she has introduced legislation focused on helping state and tribal governments dependent on fossil fuels to transition to clean energy.
“New Mexico truly is ‘the Land of Enchantment.’ But that enchantment – including our beautiful lands and precious water – is threatened by climate change-fueled drought and related issues,” said Lisa Frank, the executive director of Environment America’s Washington Legislative Office. “Governor Lujan Grisham, Congress members Stansbury and Leger Fernandez and up-and-comer Gabe Vasquez all offer environmentally sound policies designed to mitigate this situation. The people of New Mexico have great voting options to help them build a safer, healthier future.”
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