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Washington, D.C. – Power The Future, a non-profit organization supporting America's energy industry and its workers, sent a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm urging her to ignore the coalition of Senators calling for restrictions on America's natural gas exports. In the letter delivered to the Department of Energy this week, 10 United States Senators, including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA,) proposed the irrational action as a response to skyrocketing heating prices. Left out of their letter is how the actions of those very Senators are the primary reason America's families are facing massive price increases.
"Thousands upon thousands of Americans who, until recently, have made their living delivering domestic, reliable energy, stand ready to get back to work delivering the crucial energy our country, and our allies, desperately need," wrote Daniel Turner, Founder and Executive Director of Power the Future. "We ask that you listen to them, and not Senators who are posturing at best, and outright denying they are the partially the problem at worst, with their recent letter."
Power The Future's full letter to Secretary Granholm can be found here.
Nursing schools must do everything to accommodate rising demand, interest in the field
By Charnelle Lee, Western New Mexico University Undergraduate Nursing Programs Coordinator, New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium Nurse Educator Endowment Award Winner
Intensive care units throughout New Mexico are operating beyond capacity. Hundred-day hospital stays are almost commonplace now but were unheard of before 2020. Nurses, aging along with our U.S. population, are retiring. As demand for healthcare services mounts, the shortage of registered nurses worsens.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the nursing shortage by increasing the number of patients entering the healthcare system and skewing the patient-to-nurse ratio toward dicey territory.
Nursing staff shortage can lead to errors and higher morbidity and mortality rates. Longer, more taxing shifts also lead to nurse burn-out and turnover, which interrupts the continuity of care with similarly dismal consequences for patients. It's a cycle that can only be broken by adding more nurses.
Albuquerque – Power The Future Communications Director Larry Behrens issued the following statement after Governor Lujan Grisham's "Clean Fuel Standard" passed today in the Senate Finance Committee:
"The Governor's proposal amounts to nothing more than a backdoor tax increase forced on New Mexico's families. With inflation at a 40-year high and gas prices still soaring, now is the worst time to be sticking working-class families with yet another cost increase to advance a political agenda. It's long past time the Governor put our families before her environmental campaign donors."
By Senators Pete Campos and Bill Tallman
The creation of well-paying jobs remains an ongoing priority for New Mexico. One way to create jobs is through effectively spending capital outlay funds to replace and repair roads, water systems, bridges, senior centers, schools, airports and other infrastructure across the state. To ensure the upkeep and modernization of these infrastructure projects, a concerted effort to reform the capital outlay program must be made to provide for economic growth and an improvement in the quality of life for all New Mexicans. Unfortunately, the current capital outlay allocation process does not provide a pathway that results in the immediate construction of the most impactful and shovel-ready projects.
Typically, after determining funding for state agency capital projects, the remaining money is divided between the House and Senate, with an equal amount allotted to each member. This process makes it possible to fund small projects that might normally be overlooked. No formal coordination, however, occurs among legislators to ensure the maximum impact of these funds by making sure that projects are fully funded. Since no single legislator is able to fully fund a large project, many critical projects sit idle for years while waiting for sufficient funding to complete the project. Processes are in place to prioritize the projects that are urgent, and non- infrastructure projects are chosen to receive funding. This type of spending does not create growth in the economy and does not solve the problem of fully funding the larger and more expensive infrastructure projects.
Governor on Key Power Station: "I'd love to tell you that the plant is closed."
Albuquerque – According to a new warning from the state's largest utility provider, New Mexico faces the possibility of power outages this summer due to a lack of available electricity. The warning is a result of Governor Lujan Grisham's mismanagement of the state's electric grid through the "mini" Green New Deal law she championed and passed in 2019. Many warned that Lujan Grisham's Energy Transition Act would lead to higher energy costs and the possibility of blackouts due to lack of reliable electricity, but those warnings were ignored. Now, providers are scrambling to find enough electricity to keep the lights on this summer as a key power plant is slated to close.
"Governor Lujan Grisham decided to ignore every warning and now we're all facing the consequences," said Larry Behrens, Communications Director for Power The Future. "If there are power outages, Governor Lujan Grisham needs to ensure the Governor's Residence, the Roundhouse, and non-essential state buildings are impacted first so fewer of our families are left in the dark. There is no doubt the Governor is solely responsible for this, and she needs a real plan to fix it now."
Dear Grant Countians:
I hope you are safe and well and enjoy the privileges of a Happy New Year!
To my dismay, I again read reports in the media that maintain stigma for vulnerable populations in our community and hope to enlighten readers and call for action to change via this letter.
Please see PDF below:
By Paul Gessing
In the wake of Gov. Lujan Grisham's State of the State address, Republican House Minority Leader State Rep. Jim Townsend, said that during the speech he thought the governor "almost became a Republican." He's not wrong.
After three full years and legislative sessions (not to mention multiple special sessions and the constant invocation of her "emergency" powers) of governing as a hard left "progressive," the Gov. seems to be tacking to the center in advance of her reelection bid this fall. This may be both good policy as well as good politics.
Specifically, in her State of the State address Lujan Grisham announced that she wants New Mexico to stop taxing Social Security. New Mexico is one of just 13 states in the nation to do this and bi-partisan efforts have been made in recent years to eliminate or vastly reduce the tax. Her support for repeal is welcome.
The Gov. acknowledged that the state has the money, as evidenced by her ambitious budget which contains a 13.5% spending increase over last year. The $80 million or so in "lost" revenue from ending the tax is a drop in the bucket when compared with the flood of new revenues. This is a flood that seems likely to continue with high oil prices and record production in the Permian Basin. So, New Mexico has plenty of money to cut taxes. In fact, the Gov. and Legislature should be looking for ways to use this flood of new money to both cut and reform taxes in ways that help diversify the economy.
If you have concerns about the Covid-19 vaccines, these links may alleviate your worry or accelerate them. Always do your own research. Don't rely on anyone to tell you what to believe!
VAERS is the acronym for the CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. It is a voluntary program to which physicians can choose or not choose to report any adverse reactions.
The first link takes you to a site where you can enter your vaccine batch number, which should be on your Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card. The links are data collections created by genetics researcher, Craig Paardekooper.