NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Politicians are pushing for tougher pollution rules in New Mexico. Some state officials are urging Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to make New Mexico a “177 state” meaning New Mexico would adopt even stronger standards than the federal ones.

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“If we can turn that around and invest in cleaner cars and set these clean car standards, and get our electricity from renewable energy, we’ve at least got a chance to stop the progression of climate change,” said Senate President Pro Tem Mimi Stewart.

Tuesday’s press conference comes ahead of a two-day statewide hearing on the state’s authority under the Clean Air Act to adopt its own, stronger clean air standards.