Congressman says Hurricane Laura is a product of climate change


New Mexico’s top U.S.. House leader, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan claims Hurricane Laura is another symptom of climate change. The Democrat congressman also blames a severe drought and New Mexico’s wildfires on it.

“This needs to serve as a warning to everyone,” Rep. Ben Ray Luján said of the fires and hurricane during a Facebook forum with climate leaders. “We need to act. Mother Earth needs our help. And it’s going to be incumbent for all of us to come together.”

It’s what he told a virtual forum to highlight House Democrats’ Climate Crisis Action Plan, joining New Mexico climate leaders over the weekend.

As a member of House Leadership and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Congressman Luján played a role in developing the Climate Crisis Action Plan. He secured key provisions to establish a Clean Energy Standard to put America on a path to net-zero carbon emissions, put New Mexicans back to work by plugging abandoned oil and gas wells, and make community solar more accessible to lower-income communities.

During the forum, Arcelia Isais-Gastelum with New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light shared a letter thanking Congressman Luján for his work to address the climate crisis.

The letter, signed by 50 leaders of faith, said in part: “Thank you, Representative Luján, for listening to the growing concern of our people of faith and for ethical leadership on climate justice. Faith communities stand in support and solidarity with the fight to protect the sacred creation for the common good of all peoples and creation.”

Source: Rep. Lujan release