One Year Progress Report on Energy Independence

President Obama received a progress report earlier this morning on American energy independence. According to the White House:

The accomplishments in this report, which represent the efforts of six federal agencies, underscore the administration’s commitment over the past three years to promoting an all-hands-on-deck, all-of-the-above approach to American energy and building a more secure energy future …

Report Highlights:

  • Increasing American Energy Independence: A year ago, the President set a bold but achievable goal of reducing oil imports by a third in a little over a decade, relative to where they were when he ran for office. Thanks to booming U.S. oil and gas production, more efficient cars and trucks, and a world-class refining sector that last year was a net exporter for the first time in sixty years, we have already cut net imports by ten percent—or a million barrels a day—in the last year alone. And with the new fuel economy standards the President announced last year, we are on pace to meet our goal by the end of the decade.
  • Expanding Domestic Oil and Gas Production: Domestic oil and natural gas production has increased every year President Obama has been in office. In 2011, American oil production reached the highest level in nearly a decade and natural gas production reached an all-time high.
  • Setting Historic New Fuel Economy Standards: The Obama administration has put in place the first-ever fuel economy standards for heavy-duty trucks, and proposed the toughest fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles in U.S. history, requiring an average performance equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Over time, these new standards will save consumers more than $8,000 in lower fuel costs.

Read the full report online.

Scott Krahling: Your Input Matters

Scott Krahling is a Doña Ana County Commissioner representing current District 4. He is a Democratic candidate for the new County Commission District 5. 

A few weeks ago someone asked me what I’ve learned as a commissioner. I told them that the most important thing I’ve learned is how difficult it is to incorporate public input into county decisions.

That’s something that we need to fix. Your input should be incorporated into every decision.

Simply put, Your Input Matters.

The county has started comprehensive planning and we need to ensure that meaningful public participation is involved in the process. If your representative is effective, it will happen.

With your help I will make your opinions a priority to the county. As a Commissioner, I’ve done it before.

In the last three years I worked with residents on the east mesa to stop an outdated flood control plan. Together, we started a new plan based on the input of residents and their daily experiences. Residents know better than anyone what their community needs.

To ensure that community input is incorporated into our decisions we need to make it a central part of our strategic planning. We can also be more accountable by continuing the annual ethics training that we started in 2011. However, we need effective leaders to keep these projects going.

Our community is changing. The planning that the county does now will define what your neighborhodd looks like for years to come. You need an effective representative to make sure that your ideas are incorporated into the decisions being made.

I represented the East Mesa area for the past three years. Redistricting moved me into District 5. If you trust me with your vote, or if you’ll tell your friends who live in the northern part of the county that they can trust me with theirs, we will fix county government so that meaningful community input is a part of every decision we make.

New Mexico Democrats Bring Enthusiasm to State Convention

Delegates from across New Mexico came together at the Democratic Party of New Mexico State Pre-Primary Convention held at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Saturday to rally support for Democrats and to network with fellow Democrats from other parts of the state. 1700 delegates heard from Christine Pelosi and a keynote address from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa who were in New Mexico for the event. Statewide elected Democrats and Ray Sandoval of Obama for America also spoke to the assembly.

Delegates heard major speeches from both candidates in the U.S. Senate nomination contest between Congressman Martin Heinrich and State Auditor Hector Balderas. In New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Doña Ana County, Evelyn Madrid Erhard of Mesilla and Frank McKinnon of Roswell asked southern New Mexico Democrats for their support.

Martin Heinrich, Hector Balderas, and Evelyn Madrid Erhard (photos above) address the Democratic Party of New Mexico State Pre-Primary Convention in Albuquerque.
(Democratic Party of Doña Ana County photos by Stephen Jones)

Delegates cast ballots of support for candidates in the statewide contests and for each of New Mexico’s three Congressional Districts. In the U.S. Senate race Martin Heinrich received 907 delegate votes or 54.77% while Hector Balderas received 749 votes or 45.23%. In the 2nd Congressional District Evelyn Madrid Erhard garnered 305 votes or 87.9% while Frank McKinnon received 42 votes or 12.1%.

In the statewide contest for New Mexico Court of Appeals M. Monica Zamora tallied 1030 or 62.65% to Victor Lopez‘s 614 votes or 37.35%.

In the hard fought Congressional race for the Albuquerque area 1st Congressional District Eric Griego received 281 votes or 40.72%. Marty Chavez gathered 230 votes or 30.33%, and Michelle Lujan Grisham got 179 votes or 25.94%. In northern New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District Ben Ray Lujan received a lopsided 568 votes or 92.91% to Harry Montoya’s 50 votes or 8.09%.

Under New Mexico law candidates for state and congressional offices must reach a twenty percent threshold at their respective state party conventions to attain primary ballot status, or gather additional nomination petition signatures to have their names placed on the ballot. All of the candidates except Frank McKinnon and Harry Montoya have qualified for the New Mexico Democratic Primary. Results will be certified with the Secretary of State’s Office on March 17.

Doña Ana County Democrats at the Democratic State Convention

Doña Ana County Democrats made the journey to Albuquerque this weekend and participated in the Democratic Party of New Mexico State Pre-Primary Convention. Many of us made our voices heard and were active and visible participants, and strong proponents of our favorite state and district candidates at the Convention. Doña Ana County’s own Evelyn Madrid Erhard garnered nearly 88% of the delegate votes for the 2nd Congressional District contest cast at the Convention.