LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A group of Las Cruces community leaders rallied at U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce's Las Cruces office Thursday for an explanation on the congressman's stance on climate change.
The group led by Las Cruces District 5 City Councilor Gill Sorg said there is evidence of climate change with the current ongoing drought and say 97 percent of scientists agree climate change is real.
"With the results we're seeing here with more severe drought, more wildfires and warmer temperatures this is something that worries us a lot," Sorg said.
In New Mexico there have been large wildfires in Ruidoso and the Gila National Forest the last two years as well as fires in northern New Mexico.
The group was unable to meet with the Congressman Pearce in person but were able to drop off a letter.
Pearce's office issued the following statement:
“Steve Pearce is always willing to work with and listen to his constituents and people in southern New Mexico. Congressman Pearce has long advocated all approaches to end our dependence on foreign oil, specifically including solar and wind. He wants to make our whole economy more energy efficient. In southern New Mexico, he has also supported biofuel companies. But he does oppose higher gas prices.”