Candidate, NM House of Representatives, 46

Sharonlee Cummins

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  • If elected, what specific policies will you pursue in 2023 to begin rapidly transitioning our economy to achieve carbon neutrality in the timeframe set by the world’s leading scientists?

I will review all Bills in the light of environmental concerns and vote with those concrns.

  • Do you agree with climate scientists that the brunt of the impacts we face due to climate change will be put on those who contributed the least emissions? (The global South, Indigenous, and low-income communities)

Yes 

  • Do you agree with climate scientists that greenhouse gas emissions must be reversed within 8 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?

Because BIG busnesses tells them how to vote ( they are paid off one way orthe other).

  • If elected, what will you do differently than current leadership?

I will follow the Science.

  • 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?

Workers who are displaced by the transition to a green economy shouldd be offered training in the new field ( to include resume writing and job interviewing), pay during training, and their current medical continued. The training should, at a minimum of one year, with extensions based on time working. Also job placement services should be provided.

  • If elected, will you support the creation of a Just Transition Study & Fund to identify alternative revenue sources for our state budget and allocate funds from oil and gas directly into community-driven climate mitigation and adaptation strategies? Explain.

Yes - We need a plan and funding should come the gas and oil industries funds. To put it simply, the gas and oil industries have been polluting our air, ground and water for years.

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

I will talk to them and get there advice. They are the keepers of the land - it is their Mother (our Mother).

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

See above answer. I will also talk with the science community.

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

Taking advantage of humans who you think have no value. Uranium mines on Trible Lands.

  • What is the responsibility of your generation to the youth and future generations while in office? Explain.

To due everything in my power to undue and mitigate what my generation and the ones before have done.

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

First of all, that is criminal. Yes I do support a Moratorum,and before any more drilling, the industry needs to cleean up their sites, cap all wells that are shut-down for what ever reason.

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

Yes I do support a moratorim on new gas plants. I is to go green.

  • Do you support nuclear energy? Why or Why Not?

Not No but, **ll No. I have been in the Nuc indutry for years. Not enough room to write all about the subjct.Nuc energy is not clean.
 

  • Do you support the development of Hydrogen Production Hubs here in New Mexico? Why or Why Not?

No I do not support Hydrogen Production. It too is not green and it is not as safe as they want you to think.

  • Do you support community ownership of energy where Cities/Counties/Indigenous Nations are able to own, produce, and sell electricity to residents and keep energy dollars local?

Yes I do.

  • 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?

It is their sole responsibily. I will support legislation to that end.

  • 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 are behind the curve. We must do everything to mitigate the crisis.

  • 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?

Not really, but I am an Engineer and will use my traing tohelp all impacted communities.

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

Get the money out of running for office and limit lobbiest.

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

Extra electristy produced from solar and wind can be exported to other states for a fee.

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

No

Yes

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