Climate change is wreaking havoc on New Mexico already, with worse to come. Right now, more than half of our state is experiencing some of the driest conditions in recorded history, similar to the dust bowl days. This means fire dangers increase dramatically, migratory birds change patterns, farmers have no surface water to keep their crops alive and the Rio Grande goes dry. If this is true in January, what will happen in the hot days of July and August? We must act now to make real improvements. These include:

  • Green New Deal: I fully support the environmental provisions laid out in the Green New Deal. If I am elected to Congress, I will fight to get those provisions put into law. This includes:

    • Repairing and upgrading the infrastructure in the United States. ​

    • Eliminating pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as much as technologically feasible, building or upgrading to energy-efficient, distributed, and ‘smart’ power grids, and working to ensure affordable access to electricity.

    • Upgrading all existing buildings in the United States and building new buildings to achieve maximal energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability

    • Grow clean manufacturing in the United States and remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing and industry as much as is technologically feasible

  • Methane Emissions: New Mexico is the sixth-fastest-warming state in the nation. Not only are we warming, but we are also leaking methane. The oil and gas industry in New Mexico vents, flares, or leaks enough methane to equal the pollution of 12 coal-fired power plants. The lost royalty revenues are enough to pay for half of our children to attend Pre-K. The good news is that Governor Lujan-Grisham’s executive order is directing improvement. For example, New Mexico is ahead of the federal government when it comes to tackling these problems the federal government could benefit by following our example. New Mexico’s Energy Transmission Act will have our state carbon neutral by the year 2045. This is years faster than the current federal goal. I will support reinstating and strengthening the federal clean air and environmental protections that were wrongly rolled back by the former President. I will work to fund programs to fill abandoned wells leaking methane and strengthen regulations on methane emissions. I will push for more aggressive carbon-neutral goals and deadlines.

  • Building Drought Resiliency: Farmers, Acequias, environmental groups, Tribes, Pueblos and Nations, municipalities, industries, military bases and national labs, all of us really – all water users in New Mexico are facing extreme drought and the difficult challenge of balancing water demand with dwindling supplies. New Mexico’s future depends on efficient water use, keeping our streams and rivers wet and embracing innovative opportunities to stretch our supplies a little longer. This includes:

    • Federal funding for drinking water projects – I support funding water infrastructure projects that will ensure safe clean drinking water is delivered to our faucets.

    • Watershed Restoration – Watershed restoration is crucial to our ecological health as a state. I will urge federal agencies including the EPA, the Department of Interior and others to continue and expand funding, loans and grants for local environmental restoration.

    • Support a healthy ecology – I will support and strengthen the Endangered Species Act, species conservation, support of collaborative conservation plans to manage and protect vulnerable and endangered species.

    • Connecting New Mexico farmers to federal support – I support the USDA programs offering disaster relief to our farmers and agricultural community.