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.