Renewable energy is New Mexico’s future. New Mexicans favor expanding the state’s renewable energy programs over fossil fuel extraction within public lands. We also overwhelmingly see the risks associated with climate change and how that will impact our state in the future. Steve Pearce doesn’t seem to get that.

Steve Pearce has repeatedly voted to reduce or eliminate funding for clean energy and energy efficiency programs, stifling innovation and hurting efforts for our state and nation to lead the world in clean energy technologies.  His votes against policies to address climate change put our way of life at risk.  His votes are consistent with the interests of his donors such as the Koch Brothers[1,2,3,4], ExxonMobil[5,6,7], and Club for Growth[8] even when they go against the interests of his constituents.

More on Pearce’s record:

RENEWABLE ENERGY

2015: Voted for H.R. 2028 (House Roll Call Vote 215), the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016, which slashes funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency while boosting funding for dirty fossil fuels.

2014: Voted for H.R. 4923 (House Roll Call Vote 402), the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015, which slashes funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency while boosting funding for dirty fossil fuel and nuclear generation technologies.

2013: Voted against an amendment to H.R. 2609 (House roll call vote 329), the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014, which would restore $329 million in funding for advanced energy projects that the underlying bill cut from the Department of Energy’s popular and innovative ARPA-E program.

2013: Voted for H.R. 2609 (House Roll Call Vote 345), the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014, which would continue to subsidize dirty fossil fuels while cutting funding for renewable energy projects and research at the Department of Energy by 50 percent, including an 81 percent cut to the ARPA-E program and a $220 million cut to the Office of Science.

2012: Voted for an amendment to H.R. 5325 (House Roll Call Vote 311), the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013, to fully defund and eliminate the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

2011: Voted for an amendment to H.R. 2354 (House Roll Call Vote 591), the FY12 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, to eliminate funding for the Department of Energy’s energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

CLIMATE CHANGE

2017: Pearce voted for the Congressional Review Act repeal of the BLM Methane Rule. Methane emissions cause about 25% of the manmade global warming we experience today (EDF.)

2016: Voted for an amendment to H.R. 5293 (House Roll Call Vote 314), the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017, which would prohibit the U.S. military from continuing to research and prepare for the effects climate change will have on military installations.

2016: Voted against amendment to HR 5538 (House Roll Call Vote 432) which would have struck a provision in the bill that would recklessly eliminate any consideration of the Social Cost of Carbon, which is an analysis of the real economic impacts, positive or negative, of the carbon pollution of a project or proposed rule.

2016: Voted against an amendment to HR 5538 (House Roll Call Vote 431) which would have struck damaging language in the bill that blocked implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, including termination of any assistance to states that have asked for help developing sensible state policies.

2015: Voted in the House to approve S.J. Res. 23 (House Roll Call Vote 651), the Congressional Review Act “Resolution of Disapproval” that would block the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon pollution standards for new and modified power plants, permanently blocking these clean air protections, putting our health at risk and slowing our country’s transition to an economy powered by clean energy.

2013: Pearce voted No on H. Amdt 507 to HR 2278. This amendment would specify that nothing in the bill limits the authority of the Secretary of Interior to establish regulations of methane gas emissions from oil and gas drilling operations conducted on public land and regulations to reduce fugitive methane emissions.

 

Dear Congressman Pearce:

 

We value clean air, affordable renewable energy, and protected public lands where we can fish, hunt, hike and/or spend time with our families and friends. Working to protect these elements of life in New Mexico is not only good for our well-being but is also good for our economy. We are concerned that your policy actions disregard and work to undermine these values.

 

To Step Up and chart a different course, we ask that you:

 

• Stop trying to shrink Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

• Support full funding and permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

• Work to ensure our land managers have the resources they need to be good stewards of our public lands.

• Oppose legislation that would sell off or transfer our public lands to states or otherwise reduce or remove public lands protections.

• Work to support protection of the public lands in New Mexico and across the nation.

• Work to promote and drive down the cost of renewable energy, reduce our nation’s carbon emissions, and help America become a renewable energy leader.

 

Your record in these areas is highly insufficient so we request that you Step Up, Steve.