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To our Suppliers and Carriers,

As we continue to manage the coronavirus pandemic, please know our thoughts and prayers remain with your employees, families and friends. It will take everyone working together to minimize the impact of this pandemic on society. We are especially grateful to everyone on the front lines helping those in need.

Freeport-McMoRan is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has held a series of calls relating to the economic impact of COVID-19 and U.S. government relief efforts through the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve. The April 1 call focused on help for small businesses. I encourage you to take a moment and visit uschamber.com to learn about support options that may be relevant for your organization.Our principal focus remains the health, safety and well-being of our global workforce, their families and the communities where we operate. We continue to closely monitor developments and have implemented an additional action to help further reduce community spread of COVID-19.

By House Republican Leader Jim Townsend, (R-Artesia)

The right to vote is so fundamental to our basic freedoms that is it essential for all New Mexicans to understand why efforts, either intentionally or unintentionally, that undermine the integrity of the voting process must always be vigorously opposed. Contrary to what some Democratic Party activists claim, fighting to preserve the validity and honesty of every voter’s ballot is not part of some new, grand conspiracy to deny certain people from voting. Rather, it is an attempt to ensure that everyone is following the rules of the election process and that no one candidate or political party achieves an unfair advantage.

cranes flying overheadProof that Nature continues its normalcy – sandhill cranes flying southward and calling the whole time. Stay calm. Photo by Mary Alice Murphy

First, we should listen to the medical experts who have given us advice on how to weather the health crisis in our country:

• Stay home;
• Social Distancing;
• Stay calm to preserve your immune system; and
• Wash your hands, just like Mom always told you!

I'm finding it fairly easy to stay home. The only times I have to social distance is at the grocery store, where I go as rarely as possible. To stay calm, I breathe deeply, take the dog for regular walks, do my exercises and meditate. Any one or more of these can work for each of you.

By Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation | Mar 31, 2020

(Albuquerque, NM) – Immediately prior to the 2020 New Mexico legislative session, the consulting firm Moss Adams released a study claiming that Spaceport America began producing net economic and fiscal benefits for New Mexico as early as 2013.

Danny Seymour, a policy analyst at the Rio Grande Foundation, (the Foundation is a long-time critic of the decision by then-Gov. Bill Richardson to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in such a speculative venture) immediately went to work analyzing the study and its findings. But Seymour didn’t stop at merely deconstructing the Moss Adams report.

Boycott of Russian and Saudi Arabian Oil Would Protect New Mexico’s Workers from Foreign Countries Working to Manipulate Energy Markets

Albuquerque – Energy advocacy group Power The Future called on all members of the New Mexico congressional delegation to support strict boycotts on energy imports from Russia and Saudi Arabia on Monday. Currently, those two countries make up 12% of America’s oil imports. This must end in order to help protect over 100,000 New Mexico energy jobs.

Reports Point to Green Agenda Demands Holding Up Coronavirus Assistance Bill

Albuquerque – Journalists and organizations in Washington, D.C. are reporting the measure to offer Americans relief from Coronavirus is being held up in part because of demands for solar and wind tax credits. Despite the fact these giveaways to the eco-left have nothing to do with fighting the worldwide pandemic, they are reportedly part of the proposal put forth by leaders in the House.

To date, New Mexico’s three members of the House of Representatives have not commented on the inclusion of the green demands in the coronavirus relief bill.


BY PAUL GESSING of the Rio Grande Foundation

Imagine massive reductions in vehicle traffic. esypv7zueaamoo1Massive reductions in vehicle traffic as this photo of “The 405” during a recent “rush hour” in Los Angeles illustrates.

maxresdefaultMassive declines in air travel as flights are canceled and people refrain from air travel.

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