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https://www.abqjournal.com/1511592/forget-labels-vote-to-respect-new-mexico.html

BY GIOVANNI COPPOLA / REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE, ALBUQUERQUE
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 12:02am
New Mexico: The Land of Enchantment, where family comes first, and friendships thrive among united cultures. Our history runs deep, cut into the fabric of our society like the acequias that flow through the land and provide nourishment to our tables. Our culture and heritage make us proud to live here and attract countless visitors to our historic sites and vibrant festivals.

Unfortunately, there has been a movement afoot to transform New Mexico into a "progressive utopia" like California or New York. If it succeeds, we risk losing everything we hold dear about our state and will likely go bankrupt in the process.

It's not just fuel for vehicles. The PDF below shows all the things that petroleum products are used in. 

[Editor's Note: I am recycling this editorial from 2017, because I feel it should be shouted from the rooftops! And note: The hurricanes mentioned are from 2017 or before.]

Why do so many people want to destroy what is good in our community?

Public input has become a weapon to dis-incentivize anyone from doing anything constructive or thinking about a new way to approach an issue or even working for a living. Why must a new idea bring out the worst in people?

No matter what a well-meaning person does, someone has to come in with a complaint about how much it costs, how much it might hurt the environment, how much it might inconvenience the person whining, or how it doesn't fit the agenda of the complainer.

What ever happened to working together in harmony? How about looking for common ground?

Albuquerque – For at least the second time during the campaign, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham will take part in an event held by "Clean Energy for Biden" on Thursday. Governor Lujan Grisham will be joined at the event by Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for the virtual event hosted in New York.

"Joe Biden told the world he wants to get rid of the oil industry and it's abhorrent that our own Governor agrees," said Larry Behrens, Western States Director for Power The Future. "Governor Lujan Grisham has delivered massively high unemployment along with the fewest energy jobs in a decade, so it's clear why she is working so hard to get a new job. She simply doesn't want to have to look New Mexico's energy workers in the eye and be accountable."

Court'S Decision Raises Serious Questions about Justices Wanting Fair and Honest Elections

Albuquerque, October 27 — Today the New Mexico Supreme Court refused to hear a lawsuit filed by RPNM, GOP leaders and four County Clerks involving absentee ballot processing violations.

This decision--with no explanation by the Court--is not only a slap in the face to the minority party but suggests that the Court has turned a blind eye to justice and the integrity of the voting process. For the sake of New Mexico voters, it's flabbergasting that Justices wouldn't want to examine ballot-processing infractions with so much at stake on November 3.

IPANM Releases Statement on Joe Biden's Oil & Gas Statements from Last Night's Debate

(Roswell) October, 23, 2020 - The Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico (IPANM) releases the following statement on Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden's comments during last night's Presidential Debate regarding plans to phase out all oil & gas development on federal lands if he were to be elected President.

By Paul J. Gessing

A recent report from the Pew Center determined that New Mexico had the fourth highest volatility in tax revenue collection over the past 20 years. Unsurprisingly, the study cited reliance on oil and gas revenues as the likely cause of this volatility. What the study didn't consider was the fact that New Mexico's misguided economic policies actually reinforce our reliance on oil revenues.

Over the years New Mexico has developed mechanisms like the "rainy day fund" and permanent funds (these are two different things) to help smooth the ups and downs inherently associated with rising and falling oil and gas prices and production.

by James Jimenez, New Mexico Voices for Children
and Oriana Sandoval, Center for Civic Policy

From the super-computing work at our national labs to the out-of-this-world flights from our spaceport, evidence is abundant that New Mexico can meet current and future challenges with transformative solutions. Our legislators need to tap into our state's well of ingenuity and knowledge and figure out how to accelerate the diversification of our economy and state revenue sources. And they need to do it now – while the oil and gas industry is still with us.

The oil and gas industry is in decline – and has been for at least a decade – according to a new economic report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). This isn't the fault of the coronavirus, but the pandemic has helped underscore some of the industry's problems. The report gives new urgency for New Mexico to chart a new course for a more resilient, diversified economy, a more stable and equitable tax system, and a more prosperous future.

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