Pearce Discusses Lab, State During Los Alamos Visit

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce and his wife Cynthia speaking with reporters Wednesday morning at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce and his wife Cynthia were in town Wednesday to talk with county officials and business leaders about the new management contract at Los Alamos National Laboratory among other topics.

Pearce is running for governor and spent time speaking with reporters at the Los Alamos Daily Post about LANL and state issues. He spoke about his plans to attract new businesses to the state and expand the use of renewable energy. Pearce recently unveiled his plans to expand renewable energy in New Mexico and build an “all of the above” energy economy that creates jobs for New Mexicans while keeping energy affordable for New Mexico families, he said. He discussed meeting recently with members of the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative in Taos.

In speaking to KCEC members, Pearce unveiled his plans to expand renewable energy in New Mexico and build an “all of the above” energy economy that creates jobs for New Mexicans while keeping energy affordable for families.

“New Mexico is poised to lead the nation in clean, renewable energy,” Pearce said. “What’s needed is the leadership and vision to market New Mexico’s competitive advantage to companies searching for affordable renewable energy. As Governor, I will work tirelessly to help New Mexico build a diverse energy economy that creates jobs and produces affordable energy for all New Mexicans.”

He explained that this is another positive step that he has announced to rebuild the decimated rural economies of New Mexico. Last week, Pearce announced his plan to partner with Cibola County to build a refinery creating thousands of construction jobs and 200 to 300 long-term jobs with an average pay of $70,000. These jobs will breathe new life into Cibola County and all of northern New Mexico will benefit as well.

“In providing more jobs to the rural areas of our state we will make it possible for our next generation to pursue degrees at our universities and still find meaningful opportunity in their home county, helping strengthen and stabilize the families and communities of New Mexico,” Pearce said. “New Mexico is poised to lead the nation in clean, renewable energy. What’s needed is the leadership and vision to market New Mexico’s competitive advantage to companies searching for affordable renewable energy. As Governor, I will work tirelessly to help New Mexico build a diverse energy economy that creates jobs and produces affordable energy for all New Mexicans.”

As Governor, Pearce said he will work to attract to New Mexico companies from the RE100 list that have committed to using 100 percent renewable energy. New Mexico’s unique competitive advantage in solar and wind energy should be leveraged to encourage these companies – especially those with high energy consumption facilities like data centers – to locate their facilities in New Mexico.

By aggressively pursuing this strategy, Pearce said he believes the renewable energy industry in New Mexico can be expanded without implementing costly and damaging government mandates that drive up the cost of energy for families and put New Mexicans out of work.

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