For US Congress, the Rio Grande Sierra Club endorses two incumbents who have stood up for the environment and one challenger.
In District 1, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has amassed a solid environmental voting record, and she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would allow corporations to challenge environmental laws and regulations as expropriations of their profits before unaccountable arbitration panels consisting of corporate trade lawyers.
In District 3 (northern and eastern NM), Rep. Ben Ray Luján has been a climate champion since his tenure as a Public Regulations Commissioner, requiring utilities to produce more renewable energy and distribute energy-efficient light bulbs. Luján serves on the Natural Resources Committee and is an outspoken advocate for resource protection. Luján has an excellent 95% record of pro-environment voting, according to the League of Conservation Voters.
In District 2 (southern NM), Merrie Lee Soules is an engineer who has intervened as a citizen in utility cases at the Public Regulation Commission to require utilities to comply with renewable-energy requirements and keep rates fair for consumers. Soules is challenging one of Congress’s worst polluter advocates, Steve Pearce.
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