Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed her first executive order Tuesday, committing New Mexico to fighting climate change.
The governor has ordered the creation of a climate change task force to look at ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 45 percent by 2030 — goals set by the 2015 parish agreement.
That includes setting new emissions limits, adopting new building codes and identifying new renewable energy opportunities.
“It shows that from the local level up that we are going to build a system of sustainability in this state and lead by example around the country,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said.
Another big part of the initiative is finding ways to reduce emissions from the oil and gas industry. Right now, the biggest methane hot spot in the U.S. is over the Four Corners.