Candidate, NM House District 8

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?

I don't think we know enough to put an exact date on limits yet. But we're doing noting now so anything is an improvement.

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?

Money - legalized bribery of Congress by the fossil fuel industry. I will take no money from corporations (unlike my opponent).

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'm new to this and have no concrete answer for this. I think we need more technology investment by the Federal Government because development of energy storage is way behind.

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?

Again, I'm new to running and don't know enough to answer concretely. I suggest looking at my web page (once I finish writing it) so you'll be able to see my legislative philosophy.

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

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

Of course. Indigenous people are citizens too. I support the "7th Generation" principle.

Who will you talk to about climate issues? Who advises you? What is your plan for community consultation on climate issues?

Right now it's just me but I'd want input primarily from climate action groups.

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

Caring less about the environment when minorities are the only ones affected. Uranium mining in NM on Native American land comes to mind.

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.

My generation should have left the planet in better shape than we found it and we're not.

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

I don't know enough about this issue to say yes or no at the moment. I like to hear out both sides of issues before coming up with a position.

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

I don't know enough about this issue to say yes or no at the moment. I like to hear out both sides of issues before coming up with a position.

Do you support nuclear energy? Why or Why Not?

Old uranium nukes no. Plenty of evidence against them. However, I'd be more open to learning about and considering thorium reactors, I've heard some good things about them.

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?

Nice idea, I'd like to hear more about it before answering.

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?

I don't know enough about that issue, but if it is what it sounds like, communities in control of their own solar, it sounds great. I have grid-tie solar panels at my house.

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?

I don't know specifics, but if they make a mess, they should pay for cleaning it up by reducing stock buybacks, stockholder dividends, and executive bonuses and salaries.

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?

Hopefully we can figure out a way to be less dependent on fossil fuel income.

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?

It's time to rethink the foundations of our economy from caring only about the next quarter to the "7th Generation" principle. COVID-19 provides a teachable moment.

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?

My primary policy interest is in ending the legalized bribery - campaign finance because that is the foundational issue of why we can't make progress on anything else including the climate. So I don't have experience in what this question asks.

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

As I said elsewhere, we have to have campaign finance reform, ending the legalized bribery. Why should big companies outside the state fund campaigns? Why should they get a 'vote' in our elections.

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

I don't know enough to have an answer.

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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