What's going on, Albuquerque?
So far Susana's environmental efforts have been focused on getting rid of any and all environmental protections that inconvenience the fossil fuel industry. Gotta wonder about her river protection initiative. I hope it doesn't consist of enclosing the Rio Grande in a concrete tube and funneling it to drilling sites. Can anyone find out anything about the "New Mexico River Stewards" except what's in the article?
It's the New Mexico River Stewards Initiative.
From the mascot story:
"New Mexico is a unique state. Culturally, it has strong overtones of Mexican and Native American heritage. It's weather blows both hot and cold (literally) and its mountainous terrain is at once both soothingly scenic and imposing."
Really? It IS weather blows?!? Literally. *Sigh*
Oops. Guess I should have added an "exaggeration to make a point" emoticon (if there is such a thing) to my comment. Let me be a bit more detailed. Here's a quote from www.sustainablebusiness.com:
"One of the first moves for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez was to fire every member of the state's Environmental Improvement Board for allegedly promoting "anti-business" policies. Then she appointed Harrison Schmitt, an outspoken climate change skeptic, to run New Mexico's Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department. Martinez halted new greenhouse gas emission regulations that passed in the closing days of former Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson's administration. The regulations were later reinstated by the state Supreme Court."
In addition, Martinez ran on "getting rid of the pit rule" and she opposed the state's Renewable Energy Portfolio.
Granted, I have a nasty, suspicious mind, but when Susana suddenly gets all green in the face, I have to suspect her motive. Is she trying to greenwash her appalling environmental record before the next election? Is she putting an environmental spin on an initiative designed to do the opposite from what it's name implies, similar to George W. Bush's "Clean Skies" effort designed to gut the Clean Air Act?
Mr. hinkydink's link to the announcement from Martinez' office is very helpful, but I'd still like to see analysis from experts not employed by the Martinez administration
Given that that the reporting on The Guvernatrix' efforts to 'protect' the Rio Grande comes from media in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, I suspect there's a GOP attempt to raise her national profile at play.
The Journal covered this story with its (no apostrophe) own reporter. The link was to an AP account that could have come from any of hundreds (thousands) of small town papers. If the link was to a Minnesota paper could we assume the story was part of a progressive agenda?
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