The 2019 legislative session represented a new high water mark for CVNM’s work in the state legislature. After almost a decade of defending our air, land, water and communities from attacks under the Martinez administration, New Mexicans were ready for a new Governor to bring energy and a fresh vision to maximize our state’s potential. With Michelle Lujan Grisham poised to do that, the onus was on us to make sure that we had done the groundwork to have visionary legislation and strategic plans ready to go. Thanks to our staff, our allies across the state, our legislative leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth and Speaker of the House Brian Egolf, and the support of our members, we were able to do that. As a result, we’re looking back on a landmark legislative session.
New Mexicans share deep-rooted conservation values and finally have the leaders to match our zero-carbon energy potential – that’s why New Mexico now leads the country for zero-carbon standards.
The importance of legislation like the Energy Transition Act (ETA) can’t be overstated. In addition to setting a nation-leading course for moving our electric sector to zero-carbon emissions, the ETA establishes a just transition for New Mexico from coal to clean energy, like wind and solar. New Mexicans share deep-rooted conservation values and finally have the leaders to match our zero-carbon potential – that’s why New Mexico now leads the country for zero-carbon standards. The window of political opportunity to make progress is open, which means we’re on the clock now. The first chapter of the Lujan Grisham administration was a great success, and there are more successful chapters to write. The push has only begun to right the wrongs from the Martinez administration and make our state a real leader in protecting our air, land, water and communities.
The Conservation Scorecard is our primary tool to hold legislators accountable for the votes they cast. Please use this Scorecard as a tool to push your legislators to continue to reflect your values in their votes. We know that when legislators vote with their constituents’ conservation values, New Mexico communities win.
Thank you for being a Conservation Voter,