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Power The Future Statement on New Proposed Anti-Energy Rule from Lujan Grisham Administration

Albuquerque – The following is a statement from Larry Behrens, Western States Director for Power The Future about the new anti-energy rule proposed by the Lujan Grisham Administration:

“This proposal proves the Governor didn’t keep her word. The Governor promised to work with our energy workers, instead she puts forth a proposal that is a gift to radical environmentalists. Just like Joe Biden, the Governor is trying to hurt our energy workers by taking executive actions. This rule will close many wells that are still productive, raise costs and ultimately bankrupt many smaller producers, which is the goal of the environmental community.

"Apparently, the governor isn’t satisfied that gas prices are up more than 65 percent over the last year or that unemployment in New Mexico is at its highest in 30 years instead, she continues to appease her radical environmental supporters with this proposal.”


Joe Biden and Michelle Lujan Grisham Recycle Broken Promises that Fail to Deliver for New Mexico's Families

Albuquerque – One hundred days into the Biden Administration, and his anti-energy record is abundantly clear. On the first day he fired 11,000 workers by canceling the Keystone Pipeline project. Since then, he has targeted energy production on federal land in New Mexico and implemented a virtual ban on fracking. We see the results: New Mexico gas prices up over 60% since this same time last year.

After spending a good part of 2020 auditioning for a job in his cabinet, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is celebrating Biden's anti-energy decisions even as she leads her state to the 3rd highest unemployment in the nation. Both Biden and Lujan Grisham are recycling the broken promise of green jobs in the near future. Sadly, this isn't the first time New Mexico's families have been misled by this false promise.

In 2007, former Governor Bill Richardson told New Mexico we were on the cusp of massive green jobs saying, "New Mexico is hungry for clean energy and the good jobs that come with this new industry." In 2010, Richardson would leave office with New Mexico's 2nd-worst unemployment rate in nearly 30 years. The "honor" of worst employment rate since at least 1992 has now been surpassed by Michelle Lujan Grisham.

"New Mexico's families deserve better than recycled broken promises from Santa Fe and Washington," said Larry Behrens, Western States Director for Power The Future. "The policies of Joe Biden and Michelle Lujan Grisham are destroying jobs in New Mexico while raising the cost of living on our working families. Enough is enough."

Biden Administration's First 100 Days Have Been A Disaster

After Killing Thousands Of Energy Jobs, President Biden Lays Out Wildly Unrealistic and Alarmingly Dishonest Climate Goals


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, President Joe Biden delivered his first address to Congress to mark his first 100 days in office and continued to push unrealistic and dishonest climate policies. Again, the president promised to achieve net zero electricity production by 2030, a goal that is not realistic and ignores the fact that renewable sources of energy also produce emissions. Last week, President Biden spoke with world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, at a virtual climate change summit to push its agenda for the U.S. to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and its unrealistic goal of cutting emissions 50 percent compared to 2005 levels by 2030.

"The first 100 days of the Biden Administration have been a gift to the radical left and a blow to America's fossil fuel workers," said Daniel Turner, Executive Director of Power the Future. "On day one, the President put 11,000 Americans out of work by canceling the Keystone XL pipeline. Since then he has essentially halted fracking, tried to choke off energy production on federal land, and presided over a 20 percent increase in gas prices. The climate goals that President Biden laid out last night are unrealistic, unachievable, and dishonest with the American people."

Immediately after President Biden was inaugurated, he assembled a climate change team including John Kerry and Gina McCarthy who feel mandated to disassemble a key component of the American economy during the middle of an economic calamity. President Biden immediately killed thousands of jobs with the stroke of his pen when he canceled the Keystone XL pipeline. The decision drew bipartisan condemnation.

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Interior Dept. Shortchanges New Mexico on Conservation Funding

By Paul Gessing 

The following is a press release from our pro-energy friends at the Western Energy Alliance. We felt that it was worth reposting the information in its entirety.

DENVER – Interior Secretary Deb Haaland recently announced that out of $1.6 billion in deferred maintenance funding for public lands nationwide, New Mexico will receive only $6.8 million. The conservation funds come primarily from federal oil and natural gas royalties, as directed by the Great American Outdoors Act. New Mexico's share is paltry considering the state contributed $1.35 billion in royalties to the federal government and ranks first in oil production and second in natural gas on public lands. Contrast New Mexico's share to these states which provide next to no federal oil and natural gas royalties:

Virginia – $247.5 million
North Carolina – $153.8 million
New York – $50.5 million
Washington – $50.3 million
New Jersey – $28.3 million
Massachusetts – $25.4 million
Oregon – $12.5 million

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Republicans and Democrats Join Forces in Condemning Governor

Governor's Actions Wrong, Selfish and Hurt New Mexico

Albuquerque, April 13—In a stunning development, Republicans and Democrats statewide are in agreement over Gov. Lujan Grisham's latest power grab.

The Governor vetoed $1.2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief earmarked by the legislature in the state budget to go to New Mexicans, businesses and various programs.

The Governor told lawmakers they have no voice.

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New Mexico Democrats Walk Fine Line on Energy

By Paul Gessing

Rio Grande Foundation

If there were an overall theme for New Mexico's current political situation it would be the ongoing attempts by Democrats to placate their environmentalist base which opposes traditional energy sources while at the same time keeping energy dollars flowing into the State's coffers.

The Biden Administration's moratorium on oil and gas permitting is the most notable example of this conflict. Gov. Lujan Grisham has publicly spoken out about it, but Attorney General Balderas has refused to join a lawsuit challenging the policy that was recently filed by a dozen states. None of those states have as much to lose as does New Mexico, but our elected leaders are unlikely to challenge a President of their own party.

The internal conflict was on full display in the recently completed legislative session as well. Thankfully, the most radical bill on energy which would have banned "fracking," (an oil and gas drilling process without which New Mexico's oil and gas industry would be immediately decimated) failed without gaining traction.

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Why do hard workers get the shaft?

Why is it that if someone is a hard worker, gets things done well and quickly, but may be a little loud or boisterous, that the "elites," or those who think they are the elites, shun him or her because he or she may not be genteel enough or agree with their agendas?

Wouldn't you rather have a well-oiled machine, whether an actual machine or perhaps an organization or entity, continue the work that they set out to do?

Or would you rather kick them out and start over with something or someone you really know nothing about, except for a marketing gimmick or resume that may or may not really fit what you need.

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Republican Chair's Response to Patricia Sterling's Criticism

Patricia Sterling's criticism of the Grant County Federated Republican Women groups' quest to help school children think and decide about the Differences Between Capitalism and Socialism is just plain Puzzling. (Silver City Daily Press, March 23, 2021). She calls this learning and development of thought as "the same old tired clichés praising capitalism while excoriating socialism."

Capitalism is synonymous with free markets, aka, FREEDOM. Freedom is the quality of being free-the absence of necessity, coercion or constraint in choice or action, and it's the liberation from slavery or restraint from the power of another. (Merriam Webster)

Socialism, on the other hand, is a system of society...in which there is no private property; a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state. (Webster) Being controlled by the state is not freedom.

Informed Americans, including their children, want freedom. They want their own property. They want their own dreams. They want the opportunity To choose. SO WHAT'S WRONG WITH 3rd through 12th GRADERS LEARNING ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES?

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