Candidate, US House of Representatives, NM CD1
Victor Reyes https://www.victorreyes.org/
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?
Youth-led and Indigenous movements have shown us time and time again that we can run and build political power in our communities through untempered promises that are honest about the life altering crises we face, as well as the power inherent in our community organization. I promise not only to center the voices of these movements, but to place them at the head of the table in every single discussion and decision we make to save our home and our state.
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 be wary of the corporate influence and greenwashing that far too many Democrats have placed at the center of our green energy transition. The green energy transition is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redistribute wealth to working people and communities of color that are on the front lines of the climate crisis. I will not compromise on the need for sustainable, well-paying jobs and aid to these communities.
Who will you talk to about climate issues? Who advises you? What is your plan for community consultation on climate issues?
My most important advisors are going to my constituents. I plan to speak with members of our community to create long-lasting, productive change. I think interacting with the rest of our state is also important; talking to Tribal leaders across the state, members of our rural communities, and other elected officials to consult about how best to implement changes, build effective infrastructure,
Do you pledge to co-sponsor the Green New Deal? Why or Why Not?
Yes, I believe that climate change is a civil and human rights issue. For any proposal that crosses my desk in Congress, we must be clear about passing a Green New Deal to protect our air, land, and water and invest in the real infrastructure needs we have like water, waste water, our renewable energy infrastructure, our transmission infrastructure.
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, There are communities in our state that have never had access to street lights, clean water, paved roads, wastewater. We also deal with the undue burden that our generation has had to bear from extractive industry, from uranium mining to oil spills. New Mexico should be a leader in delivering environmental justice.
Do you support the THRIVE Agenda? Why or Why Not?
Yes, One of the reasons our communities keep getting overlooked is because we keep allowing corporations to pay off our politicians. I understand that we can’t keep expecting to elect traditional candidates and keep hoping for change. The reason the THRIVE Agenda is important to me is because I have worked in spaces where I see exactly what environmental injustice looks like. The cornerstone of my life’s work is to elevate the voices of those facing climate change in a way that many of us aren’t. Early in my career, I worked to help secure federal resources for community members in our colonias — communities where residents lack access to clean drinking water, wastewater services, lighting, and paved roads. This experience drives my understanding of every person’s right to have access to clean air, land, and water and my commitment to make real change. This is not a matter of rhetoric to me, this is a matter of basic human rights that I will not stop fighting for. The THRIVE Agenda supports the same kind of systemic, productive change, and I am proud to be a vocal supporter of it.
Do you support the FRAC pack? Why or Why Not?
Yes, ensuring that we are regulating fracking sites with rigorously high standards is only a small step towards environmental justice. However long fracking is allowed to continue by the federal government, we must make sure that we are, at the bare minimum, keeping it away from our public lands, sacred sites, and rural communities.Do you support a moratorium on utility shut-offs and utility debt forgiveness? Why or Why Not?
Yes, Utilities are a public right, not a privilege set aside for those who have the resources to afford them. For far too long public utilities have become yet another avenue for corporate greed and consolidation. We need to immediately forgive utility debt and pause payments for those who cannot make them.
What are your ideas to Build Back Better?
Yes, COVID-19’s wake only exacerbated what many of us already knew to be true and what too few of us refused to stand-up and fight for. This needs to change, now. We need bold action in Congress to right these wrongs and to rebuild and reimagine an economy that’s resilient enough to survive future crises and just enough to support everyone.
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?
Require States to have 50% renewable energy production by 2025; Curb all current methane leakages from existing sources in the fossil fuel industry immediately, including by increasing EPA’s and BLM’s enforcement efforts and standards for methane pollution on a federal level to prevent interstate impacts of pollutants; End the use of fracking;
Have you accepted any donations from fossil fuel companies or utilities?