Gov. Lujan Grisham talks climate, energy in State of the State

By Cody Hooks
chooks@taosnews.com
Posted 1/18/19

In her first State of the State address, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a number of environmental goals.First, the governor said she would sign …

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Gov. Lujan Grisham talks climate, energy in State of the State

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In her first State of the State address, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a number of environmental goals.

First, the governor said she would sign an executive order "in the very near future" committing the Land of Enchantment to the goals of the Paris Agreement via the U.S. Climate Alliance. The Paris Agreement is a global pact to tackle climate change that was signed by almost every country in the world in 2016. President Trump requested the United States withdraw from the agreement although doing so will officially take until 2020.

"We cannot rely on the federal government right now to lead us on climate action," Lujan Grisham said.

Further, she will direct all state agencies to come up with individual climate plans to respond to the realities of a warming planet, she said.

The Taos News will provide more environmental coverage of the governor's goals and legislative action throughout the 60-day legislative session, which began Tuesday (Jan. 15).

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