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Biden's oil policies highlight rift in New Mexico politics

Marjorie Childress-NM In Depth

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some New Mexico lawmakers are supporting the Biden administration's pause and review of federal oil and gas lease sales.

Two dozen Democrats sent a letter Tuesday to the president and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. They said they are committed to moving away from the state's over-dependence on fossil fuels.

However, Democratic legislative leaders were not among those who signed the letter. The majority of New Mexico lawmakers are walking a more conservative line given the industry’s significant role in funding state government. House Minority Leader Rep. Jim Townsend called the letter irresponsible, saying it failed to offer any concrete plans for protecting workers and the state's economy.