Monday, May 07, 2012
Sierra Club Chapter Endorses Luján for U.S. Congress
Conservation Group Praises Work to Protect New Mexico’s Environment
The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club today announced its endorsement for re-election of Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D‑N.M., in the 2012 election.
“Rep. Luján has been an effective and knowledgeable advocate for New Mexico’s environment, and therefore our families and future, since his tenure on the state Public Regulation Commission,” said Susan C. Martin, Chapter Political Chair. “His grasp of energy policy and passion for protecting future generations are great assets to all Americans.”
Among the many examples of Luján’s dedication to ensuring New Mexico’s resources are available for our children to use and enjoy:
• Introduction of the Rio Grande Del Norte National Conservation Area, including the Rio San Antonio Wilderness, Ute Mountain, public lands between Taos and Rio Arriba counties and Carson National Forest;
• Introduction of the National Environmental Research Park bill to promote environmental science programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory;
• Service as chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ Task Force on Green Economy and Renewable Energy;
• Support for the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would create jobs, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and save billions of dollars in the long term; and
• Introduction of the Community College Energy Training Act of 2009 to support training of technicians to work in the wind, solar, geothermal and biomass energy sectors.
"I am honored to have the support of the Sierra Club and its members, who are dedicated to preserving the beauty of New Mexico. From our pristine lands to our potential to be a leader in renewable energy, the Land of Enchantment has a wealth of resources that we must protect for future generations," Luján said.
Along with the endorsement, the Sierra Club will lend its volunteer strength to Lujan’s campaign. “We pledge to do all we can to ensure Rep. Luján is re-elected,” said David Van Winkle, chair of the Sierra Club Northern New Mexico Group. “Dozens of Sierra Club volunteers will contact voters on his behalf, and we will speak to the public as often as possible about his exemplary environmental record. We look forward to many more years of Rep. Luján fighting for the environment in our nation’s capital.”