Heinrich to Legislature: Make New Mexico a Clean Energy Capital

By Claus Whiteacre

Congressman Martin Heinrich spoke to a joint session in Santa Fe this yesterday and expressed his appreciation for the work performed by one of the few remaining citizen-legislatures in the country.

His speech reiterated much of what senior New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman said last week in his address to New Mexico lawmakers regarding the importance of federal funding for the state’s economy.

Where Heinrich diverged from Bingaman was in how New Mexico can improve its economy and create jobs by becoming a clean energy capital.

He used the Bell Group’s unveiling of their solar array last year as an example of local technology and jobs that should be the way of the future.

To fulfill that vision the local workforce must be trained; which starts by strengthening math, technology, and engineering skills in our young people.

Strikingly, it appeared that some Republican lawmakers were not interested in hearing from our national representatives. As during the Bingaman speech,  a notable number of them were absent from the floor.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Climate Change

Are you a New Mexican who’s confused about all the information swirling around out there about climate change and clean energy policy? Would you love it if you could learn more about these pivotal topics from people who really know what they’re talking about?

If so, than you should know about an event happening Friday, March 12 at 2 p.m. that will give New Mexicans the details they need to know about climate change.

As part of a national “Let’s Talk” initiative designed to connect campus to congress, professor Bruce Milne and the University of New Mexico’s Sustainability Studies Program will sponsor a statewide conference call with the offices of New Mexico Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. The conversation on climate change is being coordinated by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, located in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.

While the call is designed to connect campus to the Senate, any and all interested community members are welcome to send in their own questions and join the call too.

Friday’s call will begin with a briefing by a New Mexico student discussing current statewide engagement on campus with climate issues. Call conveners will then discuss positions on clean energy and climate policy from Senators Bingaman and Udall. After these two introductory briefings, they will then respond to student questions and concerns.

Anyone who is interested in being part of this critical educational dialogue on climate change should start by submitting questions to climate@bard.edu and then by calling (712) 432-3100, code 253385 at 2:00pm MST on Friday, March 12th. Those wishing to submit questions can also Click here.

For more information on the Let’s Talk initiative, follow the Bard Center for Environmental Policy’s Twitter feed and  Facebook page!