Six weeks ago ice-covered Antarctica reported a record-breaking temperature of 65 degrees.
Last summer, also a record-breaker, the Greenland ice sheet was melting at the equivalent of 2,000 elephants every second.
So when I read that we taxpayers were spending $2 million to extend a natural gas pipeline from Chama to Tierra Amarilla, I thought, ‘This does not make any sense.’ It’s a $2 million tax subsidy to the fossil fuel industry, when in fact, we have to stop using fossil fuels.
For that $2 million, Tierra Amarilla could construct a 1 megawatt solar array and install electrically-fed heat pumps, thus reducing their climate catastrophe fossil fuel footprint and help ensure a future.
As a state, we must decide to switch our electrical production from fossil fuels, coal and gas, to renewable, wind and solar. Spending $2 million to extend a natural gas pipeline, a stranded asset, is not prudent.
Ward McCartney III