Candidate, City Council, Santa Fe District 3

Roman "Tiger" Abeyta
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?
I could only guess that they set these benchmarks based on their knowledge of what it takes to get as much buy in from their counterparts and constituents. I have a good working relationship with my fellow Councilors and will work with whoever the next Mayor is. Based on this I think we can be more aggressive as we all share similar views about the environment.
If elected, what specific policies will you initiate in your first year of service to implement the Sustainable Santa Fe Plan and to transition our economy to net zero carbon emissions in the timeframe set by the world’s leading scientists?

If elected I will use my experience as the Chairman of the City's Finance Committee to ensure our annual operating budget includes the resources to implement the Sustainable Santa Fe Plan.

What measures will you propose and advance to ensure that investments in economic recovery and the transition to a green economy foster equity and economic & racial justice?

I will continue to work with our Care Connection and make sure our non-profits who are actually out in the community doing the work has the resources and support they need.

If elected, will you support investment in community-driven climate mitigation and adaptation strategies? Explain.
Yes. Our non-profit organizations need to have a seat at the table. We need to ensure City resources are made available to those organizations whose focus is climate mitigation
If elected, how will you include Indigenous and traditional land-based knowledge in the development of a sustainable economy for Santa Fe?

We need to engage the community in these discussions. We need to rely on our non-profit and other community resources such as community leaders and advocates who have this knowledge.

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

I will talk to Miguel Acosta. I rely on him to advise me on many issues including climate issues.

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

The recent approval by the State to allow a sand and gravel operations to re-locate into the County. It wasn't put far away enough from the residents on the Southside who are predominantly of color and lower income.

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 responsibility is to ensure that the Youth have a voice and are given venues to participate and be heard. As a City Councilor I need to continue to get City staff and resources to organizations that the youth trust.

What are your ideas to reduce the City's dependence on state revenues derived from oil and gas development and to increase LOCAL revenue generation from sustainable sources?

We need to explore real estate transfer and second home property taxes and increases. We also need to bond on a regular basis both GRT and GO so that we aren't as dependent on state revenues.

Do you support energy democracy? How will you integrate this approach to energy justice into public policy?

Yes. We need to insist that the City administration support groups and advocates. We need to invite them to participate in City committee meetings to educate us and the greater public.

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 more ways to distribute factual information. We need to see that like COVID climate change is a global problem and will require all nations and people to work together.

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?
As a City Councilor and the Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs I work primarily with children and families who live on the Southside of Santa Fe. I have supported and will continue to support initiatives like the return flow effluent water pipeline and the tree canopy project.

Have you accepted any donations from fossil fuel companies or utilities? Yes/No

Will you take the #fossilfree pledge?