Energy Independence

We can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices or a quick-fix solution to our energy needs. That’s why Democrats are focused on developing all of New Mexico’s natural resources—oil, gas, wind, solar and biofuels—and encouraging fuel efficiency so that we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil over time.

Thanks to Democratic Party leadership in New Mexico and nationally:

  • Domestic oil production at an eight-year high, and our dependence on foreign oil at a 16-year low. In 2011, we cut net oil and petroleum imports by 1 million barrels a day.
  • Expanded domestic oil production by speeding up the leasing process and improving safety measures to prevent future spills.
  • Nearly doubling renewable wind, solar and geothermal energy since 2008.
  • Automakers are working to double fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks. That will help to save families more than $8,000 per vehicle at the pump and decrease our oil consumption by an estimated 2.2 million barrels a day.