President Joe Biden intends to visit New Mexico this week as part of a three-state trip with plans for addressing climate change and promoting clean energy and manufacturing.
New Mexico is currently the nation’s No. 2 oil-producing state — behind Texas — and its budget relies heavily on oil and gas revenue. It comes as no surprise, then, that an overwhelming majority of New Mexicans are less than thrilled about the upcoming visit.
The Republican Party of New Mexico criticized Biden last week, saying his push for new fuel standards would drive up the cost of cars and trucks.
“This trip shows how out-of-touch President Joe Biden is,” GOP Chairman Steve Pearce said in a written statement. “He is coming to encourage Governor Lujan Grisham to continue her plans to kill the largest source of revenue in New Mexico.” (Albuquerque Journal, Dan McKay, 7.31.23)
Pearce believes that Biden’s time would be better spent listening to New Mexicans who are worried about the rising cost of food and the influx of fentanyl, crime, and child traffickers coming through the border daily.
The President’s trip is scheduled his Southwest tour amid record-breaking temperatures. New Mexicans are hot and tired. It is likely that Biden will feel the New Mexican heat this week in more ways than one.