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March 19, 2021 – One of the first actions President Biden took upon taking office was to issue an Executive Order indefinitely pausing all new oil and gas leasing on public lands. This week, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham sent the President a letter asking for relief on that front, although she stopped short of any direct ask. The Line opinion panel discusses the Governor’s strategy and how she is once again walking the tightrope between moving the state to more renewable energy sources, while not turning her back on the oil and gas industry. 

Gene Grant 

The Line Opinion Panel: 
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima public relations  
Dede Feldman, former state senator    
Eric Griego, former state senator  
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator 

For More Information: 
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham seeks to offset Biden’s oil policiesLas Cruces Sun News 
New Mexico seeking exemption from Biden oil and gas leasing pause – governorReuters 
New Mexico’s political leaders call for President Biden to end oil and gas restrictionsCarlsbad Current Argus