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Biden's Latest Nord Stream 2 Pledge Further Undermines American Strength

Washington, D.C. – Today, President Biden threatened to "bring an end" to Putin's Nord Stream 2 pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine. This policy flip-flop comes less than a month after the Biden Administration demanded members of the Senate vote against sanctions on the pipeline and less than a year after President Biden lifted sanctions allowing the pipeline to move forward.

"It is pathetic that it took an imminent threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine for President Biden to finally admit what has been clear all along: Nord Stream 2 never should have been allowed to move forward," said Daniel Turner, Founder and Exectuive Director of Power The Future. "When America projects weakness, our foes take notice. Let this record setting flip-flop be a reminder of the cost of surrendering American energy independence: when a nation relies on others to power its economy, it weakens itself domestically and in global affairs."

Power The Future is a 501c4 non-profit dedicated to fighting for American energy workers.

Exempting all SS Income from Tax Won't Help Seniors Who Need it Most

By Fred Harris, Board member, NM Voices for Children, former U.S. Senator

Social Security has done a remarkable job keeping the vast majority of seniors out of poverty. Those seniors who still live in poverty should receive more help from the federal and state governments. But exempting all Social Security income from taxation won't deliver one penny of help to our low-income seniors. What it will mean is the state will have less money to support the programs and services that matter most to our communities.

Most seniors earning low incomes – and even many earning middle incomes – are already exempt from paying income tax on their Social Security benefits. The vast majority of the benefit from this proposed tax cut would go to seniors earning $50,000 and up, more than the state's median income. More than half of the benefit would go to those in the top 20% of the income ladder. And even for those at the very top, the portion of their Social Security benefit that they already paid taxes on while they worked is exempt from this tax.

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Power The Future Responds to Senators' Irrational Proposal

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.

How to boost nursing workforce - Expand training programs to counter nurse shortage

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.

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Michelle Lujan Grisham's Green Tax on Fuel Passes in Key Committee

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."

Capital Outlay Reform

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.

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Governor Lujan Grisham’s “Mini” Green New Deal Means Power Outages Possible This Summer

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."

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Editorial addressing perceived stigma to vulnerable populations in the community

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:

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