WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Senate Climate Action Task Force, released the following statement today in support of the Obama Administration's final Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution nationwide by an average of 30 percent over 2005 levels by 2030, with different specific targets for each state.
"This is a historic step in combating climate change and protecting the health of our kids and future generations. I commend the Obama Administration for taking strong action to establish reasonable and achievable standards that will benefit us all.
"Climate change has very real and costly consequences in New Mexico and across the country. We're seeing more extreme drought conditions, larger wildfires, shrinking forests, and increased flooding. This is the reality now, not at some far off date in the future. And the longer we wait to act, the more difficult and expensive the solutions will be and the more unpredictable our weather will become.
"With our abundance of wind and sun, New Mexico stands to gain from investments in the job-creating renewable energy sector. Further, the plan will save families and businesses money on their utility bills, protect public health, and preserve the reliability of our electric grid.
"The time is now to act on climate change. We can't afford to wait."
Information on how the Clean Power Plan impacts New Mexico is available here.
Additional information on the Clean Power Plan can be found here.