Gov. Lujan Grisham seeks low-carbon fuel standard

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is renewing calls for legislators to approve requirements for fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Democrat governor said Monday, in a statement, that state lawmakers should pass a clean fuel standard during the upcoming legislative session.

The governor of the major oil-producing state has discretion over which nonbudgetary initiatives are heard during a 30-day legislative session that starts Jan. 18.

Earlier this year, a Democrat-sponsored bill to impose low-carbon fuel standards stalled in the state House of Representatives after winning Senate’s endorsement on a party-line vote with Republicans in opposition.

California and Oregon already have similar programs.