When growing up I was taught a lesson that I believe many young New Mexicans learn. When faced with a new problem, it is often best to look to the past for guidance. Nationally, we are faced with a growing list of problems. These problems span across environment, economy and employment. Locally we are facing the same problems. In New Mexico, one out of four high school students suffer from asthma; our job crisis has gained national attention; our economic development is marred by ever-increasing prices on energy; and, perhaps most importantly, our current energy sources are continuing to emit carbon, contributing to the heat wave and raging wildfires that now threaten life and land all across New México.