Candidate, NM House District 4

Do you agree with climate scientists that we are facing a climate emergency?

Yes

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?

Yes

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?

Politicians set dates that are further in the future so the public don't bother them in the meantime. I am a strong proponent of renewable energy.

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 supported the Energy Transition Act for NM Legislature in 2019 and will continue supporting it.

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 support studies of wind turbines and solar energy to replace the aging power plants.

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.

Yes. Studies need to show how renewable sources replace the revenue from coal fired plants.

If elected, how will you include Indigenous and traditional land-based knowledge in the development of a sustainable economy for all of NM?

Make the indigenous communities part of the table discussions and value their input.

Who will you talk to about climate issues? Who advises you? What is your plan for community consultation on climate issues?
Share plans and ideas with the local chapter membership.

Define environmental racism in your own words and provide an example in NM

Don't really know what that means. Probably where one promotes one resource over the other, like solar over wind turbines.

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.

We need to protect the air today, so our grand children can breathe tomorrow.  We cannot continue to contaminate it more daily.

A) Do you support placing a moratorium on new gas development in the state of New Mexico? Why or Why Not?

Probably ease into tapering off as it is our primary source of revenue today until the proposal of solar and wind start kicking in revenues.

B) Do you support placing a moratorium on new gas plant investment for utilities in New Mexico? Why or Why Not?

same as above

Do you support nuclear energy? Why or Why Not?

No support because nuclear is dangerous.  It would still require mining for the minerals.

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?

Definitely, so no one entity controls a monopoly atmosphere.

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?

Don't know enough about the community solar to answer.

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?

With my mining background, the mine we closed was required to restore the land mined to a condition equal to or better than it was before it was mined. All industry should be held to this standard.

Do you believe bonding rates for industry should cover the full cost of cleanup?

Yes

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?

I think we had become too dependent on the oil and gas to even look into the other resources.  We thought oil and gas was going to be here forever.

Do you support utility bill forgiveness for low-income New Mexicans who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis?

Yes

Some 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?

Complacency can be dangerous.  We should always have a backup plan for everything.

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?

I am a retired coal miner, supervising a coal processing plant feeding directly into a power plant.  I would see the hanging haze everyday and was bothered by it.  Because it provided a pay check I never complained about it.

What are your ideas to loosen the grip of industry on the state legislature and strengthen our democracy?

Industries should not be buying our votes and voices.

Name specific alternative sources for state revenue that you'd pursue and propose if elected:

wind and solar industry.

Have you accepted any donations from fossil fuel companies or utilities? Yes/No

No

Will you take the #fossilfree pledge? http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/politician-signup/

Yes

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