NM Gov. pitches hydrogen energy to oil, natural gas executives

October 5, 2021

While climate change activists rallied outside, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday began her push to drum up support for a proposed legal framework for hydrogen energy development by urging New Mexico oil and natural gas executives to back the legislation during the 30-day legislative session that starts in January.

The Democratic governor opened her remarks at the annual meeting of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association by asking the roughly 300 attendees to wear face masks to comply with a state public health order that requires face coverings in indoor public settings. Most people appeared to comply.

She then devoted much of her 25-minute speech to the proposed hydrogen initiative, which was recently unveiled by the governor and which she vowed will be on the agenda for the coming legislative session.

“We believe that being the first state to have a statutory framework (that) … puts us in the driver’s seat when it comes to hydrogen,” said Lujan Grisham, who described hydrogen as the “transitional fuel of the future.”

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