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New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."

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A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Expert: NM an "Enchanting" Home for Green Energy

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March 13, 2009

Albuquerque - New Mexico could be the new "Sunshine State" in the eyes of lawmakers and energy experts. Congress is working on plans to take on both energy reform and fighting global warming soon, and some say the state is already leading the way.

Joe Mendelson, global warming policy director of the National Wildlife Federation, says plans like those for a solar farm near Deming that would power tens of thousands of homes will serve as a model for the future.

"That's the type of clean energy production we can see in the future. It's going to rely on a stable energy base, our sun, as opposed to say, imported oil."

Supporting more sustainable, homegrown sources of energy is essential to protecting the nation from future energy squeezes, adds Mendelson.

"The reality is that we will continue to see these kind of price spikes until we transition to a more sustainable and reliable domestic energy future - clean energy technologies, wind, solar and others."

Critics of the plan say lawmakers should focus on fixing the economy first, but President Obama responds that addressing energy is key to reviving the economy. Mendelson also praises New Mexico's requirement that 20 percent of the state's electricity come from renewables by 2020. He says that will help add jobs while fighting climate change.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - NM