Dear Editor:
New Mexicans can be proud of their contribution in electing leaders that are working to ensure a healthier and more prosperous future for our children and grandchildren. I am grateful to President Biden for taking actions to protect our nation, without any loss of jobs. However, his actions to date have not yet stopped any ongoing drilling in New Mexico. The oil and gas industry is continuing its water-consuming drilling and fracking in New Mexico, while contaminating our precious ground waters and rivers with carcinogenic radioactive discharge.

That is why I am so proud of our New Mexican elected leaders who are working right now on policies and laws that will create green jobs, that clean our air and conserve the safety of our irrigation and drinking waters, and in turn, improve the health of New Mexicans.

Our climate crisis has been ignored for too long, and New Mexicans know it’s only getting worse, with longer and deeper droughts that threaten our land and our agriculture and our jobs. It’s time for all of us to do better, and we can.  We must support our New Mexican elected leaders and the Public Regulation Commission in all their efforts to,
1) enact moratoriums on new drilling and fracking, while the devastating effects on our air and water are studied, and,
2) institute and incentivize energy efficient building standards that decrease the 40% energy consumption that our buildings currently make to climate crisis, and that will significantly lower our utility bills, and,
3) stop the release of all methane and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by oil and gas operations.

All of these contribute significantly to our climate crisis,  and dangerously contaminate the water we drink, our irrigated fruits and vegetables, and the air we breathe.
June Parsons
Rio Rancho

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