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At COP26 summit, Lujan Grisham talks climate change, energy transition

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham attended this week’s United Nations Climate Summit (COP26), touting her state’s efforts to reduce pollution from sources like the oil and gas industry. 

Lujan Grisham, a frequent supporter of climate action and increased regulations to reduce human impacts, reported to the international community New Mexico’s progress in embarking on two separate rulemakings at the New Mexico Environment Department and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department aimed at cutting emissions from the oil and gas sector. 

She said that while work was underway to reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuels – one the state’s main economic drivers – the energy industry would be part of New Mexico’s transition to a “low-carbon future.”

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Emerging industries like wind and solar or hydrogen power would also play a key role in moving New Mexico’s energy sector toward less-carbon-intensive sources, Lujan Grisham said. 

The Carlsbad Current-Argus sat down with Lujan Grisham for an interview from COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland to talk about her impressions of the global climate change efforts and its implications for New Mexicans. 

In this July 29, 2021, file photo New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks at a news conference in Santa Fe.

After attending, do you feel there is potential for world leaders to be successful on addressing climate change?

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“I think the potential is immense. It looks to me there are government leaders, worldwide leaders talking about policy and what we’re doing to meet the climate action goals.