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Monday, October 26, 2009

NM Rep. Mimi Stewart Appointed by White House to National Coalition of State Leaders on Energy and Climate Change

HSTEWExcellent news. State Rep. Mimi Stewart, a Democrat from Albuquerque, has been selected to serve on a national working group of state leaders that will be working with the White House to advance federal clean energy legislation in Congress. The group met for the first time in late September by phone, tackling energy policy issues that will put the country on course for significant progress in the clean energy economy.

“New Mexico and many other states have shown real leadership building a cleaner, more energy efficient future,” said Rep. Stewart in a statement released today. “State legislators play a unique role in clean-energy jobs policies. We’re elected representatives of the people, we know the businesses and labor issues in our states, and many of us see federal action as the launching pad for the next generation of innovation and prosperity in America.”

Working with the White House, the group will help inform the debate surrounding the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454). The group's efforts will focus on moving the country toward clean energy solutions that will create jobs and reduce America’s reliance on foreign oil.

Rep. Stewart will be participating in the working group along with 40 other state legislators from across the nation, meeting this week on Wednesday and Thursday in Washington D.C. at the White House, to formalize the group and to plan actions in each state.

New Mexico is uniquely positioned to contribute innovative ideas for nationwide clean energy policy reforms. The state has enacted solar energy legislation to help home owners convert to solar electrical systems, instituted a Renewable Energy Transmission Line that is bringing green jobs to the state, and continues to look at other ways to promote clean energy. New Mexico is one of several states recognized as a model for the country’s new clean energy economy.

“New Mexico has again taken the opportunity to lead,” said Rep. Stewart. “Our recent efforts at the state level are at the cutting edge of job creation and innovation in the clean energy economy -- and one of the few areas of job growth during the current downturn. The progress we’ve made can serve as a model for the rest of the country as Congress takes needed action to build a prosperous economy and a more secure clean energy future.”

October 26, 2009 at 06:45 PM in Climate, Energy, Environment, NM Legislature 2010, Obama Clean Energy Reform | Permalink

Comments

HOORAY for Mimi! Thus us excellent news for New Mexico and for our Country!

Posted by: Chris Salas | Oct 26, 2009 7:43:10 PM

Go Mimi! Obama has good taste in legislators.

Posted by: Old Dem | Oct 26, 2009 8:35:38 PM