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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.

By Paul Gessing

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Taxation and Revenue Department Secretary Stephanie Schardin Clarke announced Friday that New Mexicans will have an extra 90 days to file and pay their 2019 personal income taxes in recognition of the economic hardships many are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Taxpayers will have until July 15 to file and pay any taxes due.

The Rio Grande Foundation commends the Governor for making this move.

As our state settles in to fight the Coronavirus, New Mexico’s energy workers are delivering what the radical environmental community never will: results.

You’re fracking welcome.

No doubt families are a little unsettled as they begin to cope with the household needs of an unexpected three-week-long Spring Break. Like many parents, I’m wondering how I am going to keep my children productively occupied while trying to maintain “social distancing” from the rest of the world. Judging by the calm chaos at my local grocery store, we all are there trying to stock up on items we think we’ll need to get through the next uncertain weeks.

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