New Mexico Legislation Will Curb Climate Pollution, Create Jobs and Prioritize a Just Transition for Workers

EDF Statement from Jon Goldstein, Director for Regulatory & Legislative Affairs

January 28, 2021
Chandler Green, (803) 981-2211,

(Santa Fe — January 28, 2021) Today, Representatives Melanie Stansbury, Angelica Rubio, Speaker Brian Egolf, Senate President Pro Tem Mimi Stewart, and Senators Carrie Hamblen and Benny Shendo introduced The Climate Solutions Act. This bill will ensure that the state curbs greenhouse gas emissions in line with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Executive Order, creates jobs and supports a just transition for New Mexico’s workers.

“This comprehensive bill will build on the leading climate commitments Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has made over the last few years.

“By enshrining science-based, emissions targets in statute and directing the New Mexico Environment Department to ensure regulations are in place to meet those reductions, it will protect local communities from the worst impacts of climate change, including worsening heat, drought and water scarcity. Locking those targets into statute will ensure that New Mexico’s efforts on climate change are durable and lasting.

“The Climate Solutions Act will also play a critical role in rebuilding and diversifying New Mexico’s economy, as the state embarks on the road to recovery from the pandemic. By squarely pointing the state toward a clean energy future and ensuring equitable access to new clean energy jobs, New Mexico can foster a strong, sustainable economy for the next generation.

“This bill takes an important step toward a just transition in New Mexico, by prioritizing historically disadvantaged communities for high-quality, clean energy jobs. As New Mexico tackles the existential threat of climate change head on, it will need to ensure that frontline communities across the state are at the table and able to play a central role in shaping policy action.”

  • Jon Goldstein, Director of Regulatory & Legislative Affairs at EDF

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