State of New Mexico secondary Archives: on Environment


Mark Ronchetti: Oppose environmental extremism; it crushes middle class

I oppose the Green New Deal and environmentalist extremism. While the atmosphere is warming and there are steps we can take to protect our environment, we can't restrict our economy when countries like China and India continue unrestricted pollution. The financial burden would crush our middle and lower class. The purpose of the GND isn't about the environment, it is a complete restructuring of the economy with free college, guaranteed income and universal healthcare.
Source: Albuquerque Journal on 2020 New Mexico Senate race Aug 26, 2020

Bob Walsh: Fight EPA regulatory over-reach

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Fight EPA regulatory over-reach"?

A: Strongly support

Source: OnTheIssues interview for 2020 New Mexico race May 1, 2020

Mark Ronchetti: The Green New Deal is about socialism

I strongly oppose the GND--it's not serious legislation. With $93-trillion price-tag, it will crush our economy. The purpose of the GND isn't about the environment, it's a complete restructuring of our economy that guarantees income for those who choose not to work.
Source: Albuquerque Journal on 2020 New Mexico Senate race Jan 7, 2020

Gary Johnson: EPA has an important role to play

Q: Support cutbacks of Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)?

Martin Heinrich (D): No. EPA needed to protect health & well-being, & move to clean energy economy.

Gary Johnson (L): Unclear. Believes that the EPA has an important role to play.<

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Martin Heinrich: EPA needed to protect health & well-being

Q: Support cutbacks of Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)?

Martin Heinrich (D): No. EPA needed to protect health & well-being, & move to clean energy economy.

Gary Johnson (L): Unclear. Believes that the EPA has an important role to play.<

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Mick Rich: Environment is fragile, but businesses are overregulated

Q: Support cutbacks of Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)?

Martin Heinrich (D): No. EPA needed to protect health & well-being, & move to clean energy economy.

Gary Johnson (L): Unclear. Believes that the EPA has an important role to play.<

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Mick Rich: Cost-benefit analyses for environmental improvement projects

Q: What do you see as the major environmental challenge facing our country and how would you address it?

A: Policy ideas to solve our environmental challenges should be based on analysis of all direct and indirect impacts to the environment. Example: Is the Gulf of Mexico algae bloom an indirect result of increased Midwest corn production to produce ethanol? The government performs cost benefit ratios for almost every project; it should do the same for environmental improvement projects.

Source: League of Women Voters Q&A on 2018 New Mexico Senate race Sep 9, 2018

Steve Pearce: Burdensome regulations kill jobs, like logging industry

Heavy taxes and burdensome regulations have killed jobs across America. Regulatory balance is needed--commonsense solutions that do not cost a single job. I have introduced legislation to restore jobs in New Mexico's logging industry, where reckless regulation crippled a once-flourishing economy. With careful laws like this one, we can restore jobs to New Mexico.
Source: 2018 New Mexico Gubernatorial website pearce.house.gov Aug 22, 2017

Mick Rich: Wants commercial use of natural resources on federal lands

Announcing his federal campaign filing Tuesday, Rich emphasized his support for the commercial development of natural resources on federal lands as a way to boost New Mexico's economy. He criticized Heinrich's vote against the confirmation of Energy Secretary Rick Perry as a liability for New Mexico in efforts to ensure funding for national nuclear weapons laboratories overseen by the U.S. Department of Energy, and vowed to be a better broker for New Mexico interests with the federal government.
Source: US News & World Report on 2018 New Mexico Senate race Apr 19, 2017

Mick Rich: Protects environment with sustainable construction

New Mexico's natural beauty is one of its top draws for both residents and tourists. But as with many things of beauty, our natural environment is fragile. Not surprisingly, New Mexico is among America's leading states in awareness and practice of sustainable construction and landscaping. The demands of sustainable construction are great, but so are the rewards.
Source: 2018 New Mexico campaign website MickRichForSenate.com Jan 1, 2017

Allen Weh: Balance between conservation and welfare of human beings

New Mexico has some of the most beautiful land in the entire country. While we absolutely need to preserve and protect this land, we are obligated to find a responsible balance between necessary conservation efforts and the welfare of human beings struggling to make a living in a state that is largely rural.

While most Dona Ana County residents support an Organ Mountains National Monument, most did not agree with our two senators on skirting the legislative process with an executive order. In a recent poll they favored legislation that focused on protecting the Organ Mountains proper by 73 to 18 percent, and rejected the idea of restrictions being placed on an additional 700 square miles of land throughout the county, as proposed in Udall's bill. This bill was considered the model for Obama's executive order.

The federal government needs less control of less land, not more. This is federal government overreach at its worst.

Source: 2014 New Mexico Senate campaign website, AllenWeh.com Sep 1, 2014

Gary King: Promote New Mexico tourism: 'Stay another day'

King said, "When my dad was governor, he had a project with tourism department called 'Stay another day.' They really worked hard to figure out what would cause tourists to stay another day in New Mexico. They had information when (tourists) went to Carlsbad Caverns about cooling off in the mountains at Ruidoso or Cloudcroft and encouraged people to extend their trips and make sure they spent a little more of their vacation money in New Mexico."
Source: Ruidoso News on 2014 New Mexico governor race Jul 31, 2014

Joe Cervantes: Open space preservation & comprehensive water management

Q: Do you support state funding for open space preservation?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?

A: Yes.

Q: Please explain your top two or three priorities if elected.

    A:
  1. Adoption of comprehensive water management, conservation and adjudication policies.
  2. Reform of public education including revisions to school calendar, and learning methods.
  3. Reevaluation and elimination of non-productive tax credits and incentives to select businesses.
Source: New Mexico 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Susana Martinez: $3.3M in fines from those who break environmental rules

I recently visited General Mills as well, which just finished a $100 million expansion, creating 60 new and permanent jobs, all while achieving the highest levels of environmental standards. I said last year that I believe we can support the growth of businesses and protect the environment. We are going to help those who play by the rules and punish those who do not.

When Intel needed an air quality permit, we held them to high standards. And when they met those standards, we got them their permit in less than four months--quicker than ever before. But when corporations broke our environmental laws, when they tried to sidestep our safeguards, we went after them, collecting over $3.3 million in fines from utility, energy, and oil and gas companies. With sensible, predictable regulations we can grow our economy and protect our environment. We can and we must do both.

Source: 2012 New Mexico State of the State Address Jan 17, 2012

Bill Richardson: Expand and create new state parks

As we expand our economy, we must always remember that the great natural beauty of New Mexico, the pristine gift of our land and sky is who we are-loving and protecting our land, air, and water pervades every aspect of what it means to be a New Mexican. We are expanding and creating new state parks, because there is no greater responsibility given to government than the preservation of our environment-our way of life. I will never shirk from that responsibility.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature Jan 20, 2004

Bill Richardson: Develop a comprehensive water management plan

Water remains the key to our future - and committing the resources to use it more wisely, stretch it farther and conserve it better is a critical priority. We have $2.7 billion of community water and wastewater needs to be met between now and 2007. We must commit the resources & put a funding plan in place to address those needs. I want every water system to develop a comprehensive water management plan, and when possible, work with other communities to develop regional systems that combine resources.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature Jan 20, 2004

Gary King: More recycling; more water & wildlife conservation

Source: New Mexico Governor 1996 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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