Energy Efficiency Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 21, 2017
Contact: Joey Keefe | (505) 259-4471

Liz Thomson Joins State Legislators Calling on Federal Government to Protect Efficiency Standards 


SANTA FE, N.M. - Last week State Representative Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson joined 84 legislators from 33 states in a letter urging the Department of Energy and Congress to maintain energy efficiency programs. 

“As we stand, New Mexico ranks 35th for energy efficiency, and we can strive to be better,” said Thomson. “New Mexicans are saving over $400 a year on energy costs due to current energy efficiency standards. We need to continue fighting for better efficiency standards and go even further through increased renewable energy development to ensure the best possible air and water quality for future generations.”

Energy efficiency standards set a minimum standard for more than 60 different appliances.The Department of Energy (DOE) is required to work with manufacturers to update standards that save consumers money, and the program has been supported by every U.S. president since, and including, Gerald Ford.

“We are now saving more than $500 annually per household as a result of these standards,” said Vermont Representative Curt McCormack, who initiated the letter. “Even with industry's strong support of the standards, the White House and certain members of Congress are considering cutting them.”

Federal spending bills have proposed as much as a 47% cut to DOE’s budget, with the Building Technologies Office--which administers efficiency standards for appliances--being reduced by 54%. Meanwhile, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy calculated that there were more than 2.2 million energy efficiency jobs in 2016, which is more than fossil fuels and renewables combined. 

“Energy efficiency is a powerful and cost-effective tool for reducing energy use and subsequently carbon emissions,” said Jeff Mauk, executive director of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, a nonpartisan network of more than 1,000 legislators focused on climate and conservation issues. “These standards save consumers money while benefitting the environment. It’s a win-win scenario.” 

A link to the final letter is available here

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NCSL Early Learning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Contact: Joey Keefe | (505) 259-4471

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Representative Liz Thomson selected for national early learning fellowship

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - State Representative Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson has been accepted into the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Early Learning Fellows Program.

“I am absolutely honored that I have been chosen to participate in this competitive program,” said Thomson. “Funding high-quality early learning programs statewide is essential to improving New Mexico’s education system. I thank the National Conference of State Legislatures for giving me the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to craft legislation to solve this crisis.”

The Early Learning Fellows Program brings together legislators and legislative staff from all over the country to work together and expand their knowledge of early childhood education. The program aims to equip experienced and emerging legislative leaders with tools such as background research and bill drafting ideas that will allow them to develop early learning policies that will work in their state.

“Our children have been suffering for far too long, and I am excited to apply what I learn as part of this fellowship to create a system that will set up New Mexico’s kids for success,” added Thomson.

More information about the Early Learning Fellows Program can be found here.

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Release: Former Rep. Thomson Officially Files for HD24 Race

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
Contact: Alex Eubanks

Long-time Child Advocate Running to Improve Education, Meet Needs of Children

ALBUQUERQUE--Former state representative and long-time advocate for children Elizabeth Thomson on Tuesday formally filed nominating petitions to secure a place on the ballot for her campaign to again represent the families of District 24 in the New Mexico Legislature.

“I am running because our state has no time to waste in turning things around for our children,” said Thomson. “We must challenge the status quo to make real progress in supporting future generations of New Mexicans. As your Representative, I will fight to ensure that a quality public education--including early childhood education--is available to every child in this state. I will also work to address the underlying issues--such as poverty and lack of behavioral health care--that cause our state’s poor performance in education.”

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