Candidate, NM House District 70

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?

I will support the science and attainable realistic goals.

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?

Support of US back into the Paris Accord, support of local governments to take necessary steps locally to change the perspective of non believers. Support of a statewide initiative already in progress.

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?

There must be complete justice and equity even as it pertains to predominantly oil and gas areas.  The economic issues must be balanced with state needs that have a current heavy reliance on oil and gas revenues.  More options for economic growth, including manufacturing expansion of eco tourism and new economic options for New Mexico must be explored and put into action.  More economic opportunities and offsets must be put in place to reduce the immense reliance on oil. Economic diversity.

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?

Yes everyone should be included all peoples and all backgrounds.

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

Science advises me and experts in the field my mom is a practicing protector of the environment, many people.

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

Scarring the land for mining and exploration with no care or precaution for mitigation.

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.

All generations and responsible to help.

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

No new gas exploration, in the areas of Southeast and Northwest NM there needs to be a clear plan we cannot pull the plug overnight on those areas or the resources that come to the state from them.

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 nor desire to comment until i do.

Do you support nuclear energy? Why or Why Not?

It could be an alternative i am willing to learn more as to why are why not do it.

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?

I don't mind if areas feel they can create and sustain a public utilility.

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 believe i would support it i supported a community solar project in Santa Fe County.

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?

Simply put if you make a mess you should clean it up.

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

Not sure possibly.

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?

Texas oil and gas producers have done much of the renewable projects in their state i see a similar circumstance here ultimately there is a profit motivation weather it is clean renewable energy or not.  Companies regardless of affiliation or ideology generally follow the money.

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?

We need to be proactive, we need to actively change, we need to work together across the whole spectrum of ideology.  No more left all the way or right all the way we need to meet in the middle compromise and get things done.

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?

Supported several environmental green issues at SF County, believe in water conservation and catchment.  As a Rancher am a protector of the environment as a realistic reality of taking care of what has taken care of our family for generations.

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

Public financing and a more diverse economy.

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

Agribusiness including cannibus and maintenance of cultural and localized agriculture and food production, more ecotourism, diversified manufacturing.

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/

No

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