Candidate, NM House District 14
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?
Continue to strive for higher renewable standards then those required at the Federal level.
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?
If reelected I will be in my 25th year as State Rep. So in my 25th year I will strive to diversify our economy away from the fossil fuel industry to a reinvestment in a high tech economy. We have capacity at our two national labs and our research universities in enhancing technology transfer local start ups and being a leader in a dominant clean high tech economy. We will never come close to achieving zero carbon emissions if we keep being dependent on oil & gas.
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?
Have people of color at the table of every aspect of green economy development.
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?
Grass root organizing is key.
Who will you talk to about climate issues? Who advises you? What is your plan for community consultation on climate issues?
Can't put my arms around this question. If you know the answer, state it and ask me if I agree or disagree and why.
Define environmental racism in your own words and provide an example in NM
A trucking firm from Louisiana hauling oil laced with PCB's to a disposal site in southern California. Instead the truckers dump the oil in an open pit in a poor community 95% Chicano.
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.
A) Do you support placing a moratorium on new gas development in the state of New Mexico? Why or Why Not?
Yes. Provides us the opportunity to invest in clean energy development.
B) Do you support placing a moratorium on new gas plant investment for utilities in New Mexico? Why or Why Not?
Yes. answer same as above.
Do you support nuclear energy? Why or Why Not?
No. Waste is toxic and long lasting.
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?
Support. I will count on organizations like yours to keep me informed of the process.
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?
Provides oversight compliance mechanisms and toughen laws to legally ensure accountability.
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?
I do not see throwing a life jacket to the oil and gas industry. We should not spend our time figuring out how to save the industry but focus our energy on reinvesting in a high tech and clean energy economy, and creating the workforce at our universities and community colleges to fill those new job opportunities.
Do you support utility bill forgiveness for low-income New Mexicans who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis?
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?
A priority of the Legislature and our State is to develop a Catastrophic Disaster Response Commission that year round builds networks and infrastructures of medical professionals and first responders in preparation of health, natural, and manmade disasters in the future.
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?
Yes, I have experience working with impacted communities.
What are your ideas to loosen the grip of industry on the state legislature and strengthen our democracy?
I've answered that question in previous questions.
Name specific alternative sources for state revenue that you'd pursue and propose if elected
I've answered that question in previous questions.
Have you accepted any donations from fossil fuel companies or utilities? Yes/No
Will you take the #fossilfree pledge?