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Greens Rally for Oil Magnate with Clean Energy Platform in N.M. House Race

Harry Teague and Steve Pearce both made their fortunes in the state's oil and gas industry, but they differ on the future of energy

By Elizabeth McGowan

Oct 28, 2010

Teague, meanwhile, puts a bit more meat on the energy bone on his . He doesn’t shy away from domestic drilling for oil and gas but he also calls for investments in biofuels, nuclear, solar and wind.

“Petroleum and natural gas have powered our country for the good part of a century,” he writes, adding that the nation has to import some 60 percent of its oil because it has less than 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves. “The foreign oil and gas we have depended on for generations has turned into a dangerous addiction.”

New Mexico on the Energy Cutting Edge

As natives of New Mexico, both Teague and Pearce are familiar with a low-carbon vocabulary because they have watched Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson promote a clean energy agenda during his two terms.

For one, state legislators passed an aggressive renewable electricity standard in March 2007. It requires investor-owned utilities to generate 20 percent of their power from wind, solar and other renewables by 2020. Rural electric cooperatives have to meet a 10 percent standard by the same date.

As well, the state legislature is wrestling with a regional cap-and-trade program to curb greenhouse gas emissions. It’s estimated that New Mexico’s power plants and the oil and gas industry spew about 24 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually.

The fate of such legislation might be in jeopardy because term limits prevent Richardson from running again. Republican gubernatorial candidate is polling ahead of her Democratic challenger .

No matter what happens at the state level, Teague makes it clear he wants to curb emissions nationwide. Though he won his inaugural race in 2008 with 56 percent of the vote, he is a Democratic rarity in a district where Republican presidential candidate John McCain narrowly edged out President Obama two years ago.

By investing in renewable energy, Teague writes, the nation creates jobs, becomes safer, cracks down on global warming and protects the environment “that our children and their children will inherit.”

“A nation that doesn't depend too much on others is a strong country,” he continues. “And that's what America needs to be.”

Image: a4gpa via flickr Creative Commons license

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"Greens" did NOT rally for oil magnate.

Please refrain from using the label "Greens" unless you are referring to the Green Party. Doing so cuases deliberate confusion. In no way should the organizations you refer to  be labeled "sustainable" if that's what you mean by your misuse of the label "Greens." What role did any Green Party candidates play in the debate to which you refer?  True Greens support a carbon tax.  We don't have time nor the money to be playing footsie with cap and trade which will do nothing to address the issue.

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