TAKE ACTION THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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By far the most effective action you can take is to communicate directly with your representatives in the NM House and Senate early and often about the bills you care about. You can also feel free to reach out to all members of a committee to which any bill is assigned using the links below. Legislators are usually inundated by calls and emails, so it is unlikely they will have time to review long emails or messages. However, they do count the number of calls and email subject lines stating support for or against. Here are some tools and suggested language to help you make that quick email or phone call that will make a difference -

IMPORTANT TALKING POINTS FOR PHONE OR EMAIL

  1. Take a moment or two to prepare your thoughts before you call or write.

  2. Identify yourself as a voter from their district and tell them what your priorities are.

  3. Share some reasons why it is important to you that they vote YES on SM 10 and HM 20:​

SM 10 and HM 20 - Memorial to Study Public Power Talking Points

  • Within the next decade trillions of dollars will be invested in energy infrastructure across the country. Demand for Renewable Energy is increasing exponentially in western states - expected to reach 150GW by 2050. (NM currently produces 3GW). 

  • Public power ownership will result in immediate cost savings for customers from substantially decreased executive compensation, exemption from income taxes, access to lower cost financing through municipal bonds and elimination of guaranteed Return on Equity payments for utility investments.

  • Public power ownership will accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy. While Investor Owned Utilities (IOU’s) like PNM and EPE have a fiduciary duty to maximize shareholder profits, publicly owned utilities are accountable to community priorities. Every community in the United States that has achieved 100% renewable energy is served by community owned utilities.

  • A preliminary study of the potential for Public Power in NM found that if New Mexico adopted Public Power and a developer’s mentality toward building transmission infrastructure, it could generate a minimum of 550 permanent jobs and more than $1 Billion in annual revenue in perpetuity for the benefit of the people of New Mexico.

  • IOU’s have a fiduciary obligation to make as much profit for their shareholders as possible, incentivizing maximum energy prices and disincentivizing efficiency. Those profits are extracted from New Mexico families to Wall Street. A comprehensive study of alternatives to the Investor Owned Utility model is necessary to assess the most beneficial path forward. Knowledge is power.

Assigned to Senate Rules and Senate Tax, Business and Transportation, and in the House to House Labor, Veterans and Military Affairs and House Judiciary.

 

4. Share some reasons why it is important to you that they vote NO on HB 4:

HB 4 - Hydrogen Hub Development Act talking points:

  • This bill was designed & written to encourage the development of new industrial customers for oil and gas producers in New Mexico and will increase climate changing emissions.

  • Hydrogen is not a "clean" fuel. It burns clean but requires enormous amounts of fossil fuels in its production. 

  • While so called "green" hydrogen has a place in reducing emissions, the bill as proposed provides incentives for hydrogen produced using enormous quantities of fracked gas, including both "blue" hydrogen, in which carbon emissions from production processes are sequestered using as yet unproven technology, and "grey" hydrogen, which can result in as much as 4 KG of carbon dioxide emitted per each KG of hydrogen produced.

  • Oil and gas companies produce almost all of the United States’ hydrogen supply from gas. More than 99.8 % of hydrogen production is not green. 

  • Blue hydrogen emissions are 20% greater than directly burning natural gas or coal for heat, and 60% greater than burning diesel oil for heat.

  • The bill intentionally avoids counting upstream methane emissions for natural gas sourced from a utility by limiting 'life cycle analysis' to  emissions produced  "at the site of production" for gas from a utility.

  • The bill provides incentives for hydrogen electricity facilities that  emit up to 375 lbs of CO2 per MWh of energy produced.

  • Green hydrogen production requires an enormous amount of fresh water and is not feasible for production in New Mexico.

  • We need to Distinguish Oil & Gas Industry Spin from Real Climate Solutions: Hydrogen is a life line for oil and gas developers and a climate catastrophe for the rest of us.

Assigned to House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources and House Taxation and Revenue.

5. Share some reasons why it is important to you that HB 6 must be amended:

HB 6 - Clean Future Act talking points:

  • While the goals set in the Clean Future Act are in alignment with IPCC emissions guidelines - the devil is in the timeline. We cannot afford to begin the process of rulemaking in 2025 and expect to achieve any meaningful reductions by 2030. We need statutory emissions reduction mandates THIS YEAR - in order to begin the critical work necessary to achieve 50% reductions by 2030. The bill should be amended to include specific rules starting now.

  • Downstream emissions from oil and gas produced and exported from the Permian could account for as much as 10% of the remaining GLOBAL emissions budget, yet these emissions remain unmentioned and unmitigated in this bill. The bill should be amended to set targets for Scope 3 downstream emission reductions as well.

  • The Clean Future Act has no enforcement provisions and creates no plan beyond setting emissions goals. The bill should be amended with specific rules and enforcement provisions now, including funding for responsible agencies.

 

Assigned to House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources and House Government, Elections and Indian Affairs.

   6.  If you able to talk to them on the phone or in person, tell them a personal story that informs your priorities. Stories always have more impact than facts.

If you don't know how to contact your representatives, here is the link to look it up, and thanks to Retake our Democracy for compiling a list of all committees and their contact information here.

USE THE SAME TALKING POINTS IN A LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Writing a quick Letter to the Editor helps to inform others in your community what is happening at the legislature and why they should care. It amplifies your voice and can encourage others in the community to talk to your representatives as well. Here are links to submit your letters:

Alamogordo Daily News

Albuquerque Journal

Carlsbad Current-Argus

Eastern New Mexico News

Farmington Daily Times

Gallup Independent

Hobbs News-Sun

Las Cruces Sun-News

Santa Fe New Mexican

Silver City Daily Press & Independent

Silver City Sun-News

SHOW UP FOR HEARINGS

Public comment at committee hearings can be a powerful way to share your personal story or information about why a bill impacts a large or vulnerable section of New Mexico residents. However, the opportunity to have your comment heard depends significantly on the Committee Chair. Some Committee Chairs limit public comment on bills to a certain number for and against, regardless of how much of the public shows up. Some committee chairs limit public comment based on time instead.

 

On the House side it is easy to access the link to committee zoom meetings through the published agenda, but on the Senate side you must email the committee secretary the day before a hearing by 3:00PM to be listed. Then you wait for a zoom link to join, and even then you may not be heard if public comment is limited. Compared to normal years, this can make it a challenge to participate in the legislative process. On the plus side you don't have to drive to Santa Fe to try to participate.

 

Look up the House Committee Agendas here and the Senate Committee Agendas here.

We don't want to discourage you, however. Even when only a limited number of public speakers is allowed, the chair will often note the number of people signed up to speak for or against, giving committee members an idea of how (and how passionately!) the public feels about the bill being presented. If there is a bill you care deeply about, we encourage you to sign up and be heard, or at least show your support by being present and making the effort. It can't hurt and it is always interesting to see how decisions are made.

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