New Mexico is the nation’s #3 producer of oil and natural gas and contributes well over one billion dollars to the state treasury each year which provides 33+ percent of all state income. The newly elected radical enviro Dem governor elected last fall together with an all Dem legislature passed bills that outlaw fossil fuel use to generate electricity by 2045.
As a poverty-ridden state where families regularly have to decide whether to buy food or pay the electric bill, that cost will increase yearly as the grid moves to all renewables in coming years. And that cost doesn’t include the damage to the environment with windmills slicing and dicing protected predator birds like hawks and eagles. Already the eastern New Mexico landscape is littered with windmills everywhere and more being built.
While the rest of the state stagnates and bureaucrats in Santa Fe try to encourage high tech companies to locate here but can’t find any educated and skilled workers, in southeast New Mexico the oil and gas communities are overflowing with workers and have crowded roads, insufficient housing, new businesses, etc. associated with good paying diversified jobs. And the idiots in Santa Fe want to eliminate these and raise taxes (as they just did) on the poor in the rest of the state.
Education is lacking and the governor just fired a well-regarded and newly appointed head of the education department in favor of a man who was in charge of the Philadelphia schools. We all know how that is going to work out. Unfortunately we are stuck with her for the next four years and unless the legislature can elect members to stand up to her, we will lose additional freedom, including gun rights.
It is depressing living in NM. I hope to leave when my kids are grown. I vote every election, but it does no good.