Clean-energy push by New Mexico Democrats attracts attention

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is drawing attention from fellow Democrats outside the state for her fledgling efforts to grow the renewable energy sector.

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee on Sunday told a television talk show that he is proud of Lujan Grisham’s efforts to build a clean energy economy in New Mexico.

The Democratic governors appeared together in Washington, D.C., on “Face the Nation” to talk about President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund a border wall.

A legislative committee on Saturday advanced a bill endorsed by Lujan Grisham that would pave the way for the retirement of a major coal-fired power plant and greater production of renewable energy.

New Mexico state government and public schools depend heavily on the state’s surging oil sector for funding.