Candidate, NM House District 65

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?

Move to push climate mandates.

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?

Start the process immediately.

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?

Look at all research done

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. We need a process to begin immediately.

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

Consult with all leaders to ensure everyone is willing to be on the same page.

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

Geologists. Establish a committee.

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

Environmental justice movement

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.

Mines. Miners getting black lung.

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

Oil and Gas is a major revenue for the State.

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

No. We are trying to move to cleaner air.

Do you support nuclear energy? Why or Why Not?

No. Radioactive.

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?

Yes

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 support.

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?

Yes.

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?
 
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 helped somewhat clean the environment.

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 an Assistant Incident Commander.

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

Promote terms.

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

Solar and going green.

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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