Candidate, US House of Representatives, NM CD1
Georgene Louis georgenefornm.com
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 10 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?
In my opinion, most political leaders lack the courage to stand up and fight for our environment and Mother Earth in any meaningful way. I was raised on the Acoma Pueblo, and we were taught from birth to respect Mother Earth. We were taught that she provided everything to us: our food, our water, our air, our warmth. Those are values that were instilled in me by my parents and grandparents, not any that I had to learn in school or at work. I will have the courage to stand up for Mother Earth.
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?
First, I will join the coalition to pass the elements of The Green New Deal in Congress, which among other things, focuses on equity and economic and racial. We have an opportunity to create a green economy by harnessing the energy in the sun and the wind. A green economy starts with providing education opportunities for people wanting to enter the space as well. That means investing in environmental education and introducing vocational training centered around sustainable development.
Who will you talk to about climate issues? Who advises you? What is your plan for community consultation on climate issues?
I will speak with the people and organizations who are fighting to stop climate change. I work with closely the Sierra Club and Conservation New Mexico, both of which have endorsed me in the past and honored me with their recognition for my work on environmental issues. I've spent my entire life trying to get a seat at the table, so I know how important it is to make sure everyone who is impacted by any decision not only has a seat at the table, but also has a voice in the discussion!
Do you pledge to co-sponsor the Green New Deal? Why or Why Not?
Yes, The Green New Deal sets forth the framework for a full-scale plan to fight climate change by creating millions of high-wage jobs in new green industries, move our energy organization and creating new infrastructure. I am fully behind the five Green New Deal goals and the principle driving each one: (i) high-quality health care; (ii) affordable, safe, and adequate housing; (iii) economic security; and (iv) access to clean water, clean air, healthy and affordable food, and nature.
Do you support the Biden administration's Pause on Fracking and do you think New Mexico should adhere to the pause just like all other states? Why or Why Not?
Yes, Fracking poisons groundwater, pollutes surface water, impairs wild landscapes, and threatens wildlife. Period. Mounting evidence shows that it poses serious threats to our health, environment, and climate future. The chemicals used in fracking, along with many others used in fracking fluid, are considered hazardous to human health. My respect for Mother Earth and all that she provides tells me that we have to ban fracking today!
Do you support the THRIVE Agenda? Why or Why Not?
Of Course!! I fully support the eight pillars that make up the THRIVE agenda. Each pillar addresses fundamental issues with racial and economic injustice that I have personally witnessed, as well as too many Native Americans and people of color.
Do you support the FRAC pack? Why or Why Not?
No, We must move towards renewable and sustainable energy sources and stop creating potential environmental catastrophes in order make money. This is what fracturing and gravel packing has done for too long. Not only that, deepwater drilling in general has led to some of the largest geological catastrophes all over the world. There would never be enough planning and or preparation before FRAC packing begins for me to support offshore drilling. Either on land or offshore, I am against fracking.
Do you support a moratorium on utility shut-offs and utility debt forgiveness? Why or Why Not?
Yes, The COVID-19 pandemic cost people their jobs and any stream of income they rely on to pay their bills; whether it is their utility bills, rent, mortgage, car payments, student loans, etc. I believe that no one should have their utilities shut off ever, first and foremost. People should be able to apply for utility forgiveness and be granted forgiveness if they lost their job by no fault of their own or their wages were reduced because their work was impacted by the pandemic.
What are your ideas to Build Back Better?
Yes, the Trump administration was racist, homophobic, xenophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-working class and poor, anti-environment, and pro-whatever made Trump and his friends rich. They have no conscious. Build Back Better is a great slogan, but we have to see the administration put its money and muscle where their slogans are. That means addressing climate change, economic and criminal injustice, discrimination and diversity, equal pay, and a whole host of socio economic issues our country faces.
If elected, what other specific policies will you initiate and support in your first year of service to transition our economy to net zero carbon emissions in the timeframe set by the world’s leading scientists?
I'll first sign on to the Green New Deal. One thing in particular that I've read about and agree with is establishing a federal “Green Bank” to finance low- or zero-carbon technologies. Moreover, I will work to implement policies to eliminate inequities in the current energy system that disadvantage historically marginalized and low-income populations. by increasing funds for low-income households and increase electrification of tribal lands.