Now, Senator Jeff Bingaman leaves the Senate in a few weeks. Last night I saw him on the Colbert show. He did his best to be funny and non controversial. I think his agreeing to be on the show will cause the Universe to shift somehow.
We will miss his quiet leadership in the Senate. Although he sometimes didn't move fast enough on some issues for many of us, he was an excellent Senator whose intellect and demeanor others should emulate.
His leaving the Chairmanship of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will be a loss for the west. However, Senator Martin Heinrich will surely fill his shoes at some point as his seniority builds on that committee. No one is more qualified to sit on that committee that holds sway over all public land issues in this nation. And Heinrich understands these issues completely. I think he will always come down on the side of conservation and protection of our landscapes and watersheds. He certainly doesn't owe the fossil fuel boys a thing. He will be fair but he won't be rolled over by those polluters.