Candidate, US House of Representatives, NM CD1
Selinda Guerrero https://www.thepeopleforcongress.com/
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?Too many decision makers are not taking the current conditions seriously because of the continued rhetoric of corporations who are resisting addressing the climate emergency. The conditions of capitalism in the United States has contributed to a value of money and corporations. The best way to fight this rhetoric is to elect truth tellers who will be courageous and who are grounded in community. We can build the power to push back against these forces. I believe in centering Indigenous leadership
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?
We must invest in the workers impacted by industries that are being transformed such as the insurance companies and extraction industries. These workers must be placed on a re-employment path and shall be provided opportunities in federal and state jobs in universal healthcare and infrastructure. We must invest in and create jobs to help communities prepare for and respond to climate-related disasters. These infrastructure workers are at the center of many initiatives like the Green New Deal
Who will you talk to about climate issues? Who advises you? What is your plan for community consultation on climate issues?
I am a community organizer who moves with the people. I am guided by community who are at the center of these issues and who are already organizing to build movements - this is Sunrise Movement, Water Protectors, YUCCA, Fight Toxic Prisons, The Red Nation, SW Indigenous Uranium Forum, Greenpeace, NM Social Justice & Equity Institute, Nuclear Issues Study Group,
Do you pledge to co-sponsor the Green New Deal? Why or Why Not?
Do you support the Biden administration's Pause on Fracking and do you think New Mexico should adhere to the pause just like all other states? Why or Why Not?
Yes, The proposed Green New Deal (GND) legislation is a step in the right direction to combat climate change and to hold corporate polluters responsible. A mass mobilization, one like we’ve never seen before in history, is required to save this planet. Indigenous movements have always been at the forefront of these struggles. We are aligned with The Red Nation to move forward the Red Deal. Indigenous peoples are best suited to lead this important movement. But it must come from the ground-up
Do you support the THRIVE Agenda? Why or Why Not?
Yes, I am very excited about the THRIVE Agenda - deep appreciation to all who worked to build this platform and lay the plan for us all to follow. I will be proud to advance the THRIVE Agenda in Congress.
Do you support the FRAC pack? Why or Why Not?
Yes, this is critically important here in NM. Corporations like Halliburton continue to poison our land and water without regulation. We must stop this harm of produced water immediately and move to end fracking forever.
Do you support a moratorium on utility shut-offs and utility debt forgiveness? Why or Why Not?
My family was unfortunately one of the first evicted this summer due to the pandemic. As a candidate who is the working poor my family and all in my community are very worried about what will happen once the moratorium ends. It is imperative that we give our communities a chance at recovery by implementing a debt forgiveness once the moratorium is over.
What are your ideas to Build Back Better?
Yes, too often rural communities are left out of the conversation. I am someone who organizes in rural communities and understand the importance of also centering the needs of rural and indigenous communities.
If elected, what other specific policies will you initiate and support in your first year of service to transition our economy to net zero carbon emissions in the timeframe set by the world’s leading scientists?
I appreciate also the platform that Greenpeace has introduced as well as Project Drawdown as paths to legislation that supports recovery.