Opinion: Hydrogen Energy Can Deliver Good Jobs & Climate Solutions to the State of New Mexico

Daniella Cressman

"Hydrogen offers tremendous environmental and economic potential to the people of New Mexico. My hope is we can harness that power for good, but reimagining New Mexico’s energy future is going to require looking beyond our own noses." —Rep. Patty Lundstrom

While many are concerned about a decrease in jobs as a result of a shift to clean energy, they are largely misinformed.

To be quite frank, there is a high likelihood that a lot of folks working for the oil industry in some capacity will lose their careers, and there is a very real possibility that the economy could be impacted because this country relies so heavily on fossil fuels.

That being said, there are also a multitude of jobs in environmental industries that support the crucial transition towards clean energy.

In short, the sacrifice would likely be a short-term one that would allow us to make the adjustments we need to in order to alleviate the damage of climate change.

"The bill I introduced last session would have offered incentives to producers of clean hydrogen energy, capitalizing on our state’s existing energy infrastructure in order to help us position ourselves as leaders in this burgeoning field, and ensuring that our transition to clean energy brings all New Mexicans along. These are worthy and necessary goals, ones I will keep fighting for as long as I am entrusted to represent the people of House District 9." —Rep. Patty Lundstrom

The need to address climate change is dire.

"My top priorities as a state representative from Gallup have always been creating and protecting jobs and economic opportunity for the people of my community...I understand the important role our energy sector plays in our state. For generations, people in my northwest New Mexico district have supported their families with good-paying jobs in the oil and gas sector...I have long accepted the reality climate change is real and must be addressed." —Rep. Patty Lundstrom

We have already suffered through a myriad of natural disasters—being negligent when it comes to this issue will only make matters worse.

"We don’t have to look far to see the impacts of climate change — droughts, floods and record-setting wildfires make it clear failing to act could have catastrophic effects in New Mexico. But finding the most effective solutions to these challenges requires us to be more farsighted. If we play our cards right, investing in hydrogen energy production can help us meet our climate goals while also creating and protecting good-paying jobs for New Mexicans." —Rep. Patty Lundstrom

We can protect our environment and the economy simultaneously.

"We can and must protect our environment and our economy at the same time...I am committed to continuing to push for a brighter economic and environmental future for my community and our entire state, and I hope other lawmakers, from both sides of the aisle, will join me." —Rep. Patty Lundstrom

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