Candidate, Santa Fe County Commissioner District 2
Do you agree with climate scientists that we are facing a climate emergency?
Do you agree with climate scientists that greenhouse gas emissions must be reversed within 12 years in order to achieve carbon neutrality in time to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees and to avoid catastrophic runaway climate disruption?
In your opinion, why do political leaders set benchmarks and timeframes for emissions reductions that do not comport with climate science mandates? If elected, what will you do differently than current leadership?
After passing more than thirty-eight progressive resolutions to solve critical issues within her district and countless protections for our land, water, and air. I have done things differently and I do support climate science mandates. I have worked hard to support all YUCCA goals and will continue to. We are facing a climate emergency and must reduce our carbon/methane/ and create a sustainable world
If elected, what specific policies will you initiate in your first year of service to begin transitioning our economy to net zero carbon emissions in the timeframe set by the world’s leading scientists?
I have led the fight to pass the Hard Rock Mining Ordinance, secured funding for solar panels on county buildings in the 2019 Legislative session. and succeeded in placing solar panels and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at the County’s new administration building. I have opposed weakening regulations for Big Oil, exiting the Paris Agreement, and drilling in Chaco Canyon, and has ensured Santa Fe County is a national example in addressing climate change at the local level.
What measures will you propose and advance to ensure that economic recovery and the transition to a green economy fosters equity and economic & racial justice?
I will continue to fight for climate and social justice, make sure we have clean drinking water and I will continue to bring forth resolution and ordinance that move us in the direction of a green economy. I have passed over 35 progressive resolutions since I was elected to the SFC Commission in 2016. One of the ways to do that is to listen to our youth who will be our future leaders.
What are your ideas to reduce the County's dependence on state revenues derived from oil and gas development and to increase LOCAL revenue generation from sustainable sources?
Building a local economic development effort with more investment in the Film industry and most important our local agriculture / farming community. Please check out our Agri-gate program at santafecountynm.gov
If elected, will you support the creation of a Just Transition Study & Fund to identify alternative revenue sources for our state budget and invest in community-driven climate mitigation and adaptation strategies? Explain.
If elected, how will you include Indigenous and traditional land-based knowledge in the development of a sustainable economy for all of NM?
At the county we have develop an Agri-gate program to connect farmers and buyers, so we can promote a more sustainable economy for our community. New Mexico is based on our Indigenous and traditional land-based knowledge with our acequia system, which is very important to continue to support and is a good model to follow.
Who will you talk to about climate issues? Who advises you? What is your plan for community consultation on climate issues?
I will talk to experts on climate science. I understands that transparency and communication are critical to good government. I have responded to concerns with public outreach, E-newsletters, town halls, community forums, and continues to meet with many HOAs on a regular schedule throughout District 2. I will continue to reach out to the community and ask for their input and feedback.
Define environmental racism in your own words and provide an example in NM.
Enviornmental racism is the attitude of the not believing in science and that climate change and climate justice is not their problem and that they can escape the truth of the destruction that their greed and desire has inflicted on our poor and 3rd world communities. One example is building coal/gas plants near Indigenous and traditional communities who do not have the resources to oppose the building and releaseing of chemicals and gases and don't have the resources to fight for their land.
Do you believe climate action is an issue of intergenerational justice? What is the responsibility of your generation to the youth and future generations while in office? Explain.
I have fought my entire life to protect our planet and its wildlife. In the 60's-early 70's when I was a young political activists I worked for civil right and justice. As I have continued my fight against the denial of climate change. I am hearten to see the youth join this fight for our planet and its wildlife. I will always fight to protect our air, water and land and wildlife and all sentient beings.
A) Do you support placing a moratorium on new gas development in the state of New Mexico? Why or Why Not?
Yes and I support a methane rule that will stop the release of burning and flaring of natural gas.
B) Do you support placing a moratorium on new gas plant investment for utilities in New Mexico? Why or Why Not?
Yes, Methane must be stopped and stopping gas plant investment is a beginning
Do you support nuclear energy? Why or Why Not?
No, I do not support nuclear energy or nuclear weapons. Uraminan needs to stay in the ground. Our scientist are not smart enough to know how to control the release of contanimants.We don't have a solution for the waste that is created and it is deadly to allnsentient beings.
Do you support a competitive energy market where Cities/Counties/Indigenous Nations are able to own, produce, and sell electricity to residents and keep energy dollars local?
Community Solar legislation has been brought up multiple times in the last few years. What is your position on community solar and what will you do to ensure that community solar is prioritized and passes?
As a founding member of the Coalition of Sustainable Communities, who has supported and worked to pass community solar in the past legislative sessions. I am a member of the BCC and CSC who has constituently push to pass community solar. I have reached out to other County official in other states that have passed community solar and ask for copies of their successful bills, so that we can achieve access to broader renewable energy.
What do you believe is the fossil fuel industry/utility’s responsibility for cleanup and how as an elected official in the public office for which you are running do you plan to hold industry accountable for pollution and cleanup?
We pasted the Hard Rock Mining and the Oil and Gas Ordiance in Santa Fe County which holds industry responsible for cleaning up their mess. the fossil fuel industry needs to compleley clean up their environmental damage, just like all uranium mines need to be cleaned up.
Do you believe bonding rates for industry should cover the full cost of cleanup?
We have seen the oil industry collapse over the last month, with oil prices nosediving. Given our current situation and the danger our state’s budget is in, how do you see the role of oil and gas corporations in New Mexico’s future?
Do you support utility bill forgiveness for low-income New Mexicans who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis?
Some folks are saying that COVID-19 is the dress rehearsal for the climate crisis. In fact, in many places throughout the world, the two are compounding crises. What do you think we can learn from the COVID-19 crisis when addressing the climate crisis?
In fact, this pandemic is evidence that it has never been more important to keep moving forward to protect our air, water, land and wildlife. it is even more important to be mindful of the damage and negative impacts of climate change: escalating atmospheric carbon dioxide, high releases of methane into the ozone and poisonous chemicals. This is the climate crisis, we are in it. Mother Nature has had enough of humans raping the planet.
Describe your previous experience working on social/health/environmental issues, do you have experience working with impacted communities to co-develop solutions? How will you use this experience to tackle the climate crisis?
In 2009 I helped establish Green Fire Times, a monthly sustainable newspaper serving northern New Mexico. I have served as a Commissioner on the Santa Fe River Commission. And also served as a Commissioner on the Parks and Recreation Commission,(2007-2015) for which I was Chair in 2013–2014. I also served as Chair of Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS—a nonprofit organization) from 1999 to 2004. Anna has been working for climate justice since 1970.
Have you accepted any donations from fossil fuel companies or utilities? Yes/No
Will you take the #fossilfree pledge?