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New Mexico lawmakers call on Congress to end oil and gas ‘subsidies’

An estimated $121 billion in federal “subsidies” go to the oil and gas industry in Congress’ budget reconciliation bill being debated in the U.S. Capitol.

New Mexico environmentalists and some state lawmakers called on the state’s two Democrat U.S. senators, Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Lujan, to support eliminating these alleged subsidies they said were perpetuating an industry accused of contributing to pollution and climate change.

During a Friday press conference, activists renewed their call to Heinrich and Lujan following a letter sent to the senators in August demanding they work to end such federal benefits to the fossil fuel industry and support a transition toward renewable energy.

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New Mexico Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez (D-16) of Albuquerque said pollution from oil and gas was especially troubling in the oil-rich Permian Basin region of southeast New Mexico, and that “subsidizing” fossil fuel extraction was taking money away from other public services.