June 25, 2013

Udall Says Bold Action Needed to Address Climate Change, Applauds President's Speech

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today welcomed President Obama's proposal to renew efforts to address global warming. In New Mexico, rising temperatures have exacerbated the impact of wildfires and severe drought, he said, and the time for action is now.

• Temperatures in New Mexico have been rising 50 percent faster than the global average in recent decades;
• New Mexico is suffering from the worst drought conditions in the nation; and
• The last 10 years have seen the lowest snowpack on record in the West. River-flows in the Colorado River Basin are declining and are projected to shrink further.

"New Mexico and the rest of the arid West are at the tip of the spear when it comes to our changing climate. Climate change is real, and so are its costs, and the costs aren't just monetary. This is a direct challenge on our very way of life. No one can put a price on that," Udall said.

"America needs a 'Do It All, Do It Right' energy policy, taking on the twin threats of climate change and dependence on foreign oil," Udall continued. "With policies that encourage innovation in energy technologies, we can create jobs in an advanced energy economy. We've already made great progress in New Mexico at creating clean energy jobs and reducing carbon emissions."

"I have fought for a Renewable Electricity Standard to increase development of clean energy, and for diversification of our energy supply. I will keep fighting for smart, forward-thinking solutions to adapt and address climate change. I am pleased to hear the President commit to taking bold actions. I stand ready to work with him and others. I hope Congress will hear his call - and mine - and act to address this great challenge."

Udall also delivered a speech on the Senate floor this afternoon. To watch his speech, click HERE.