Standing before a solar array in Northern New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham had only a few minutes to address the nation in her speech at the Democratic National Convention.

By focusing on clean energy and the urgency of fighting climate change, Lujan Grisham positioned New Mexico before the world as a state that is facing its future. Yes, oil and gas have been and remain essential industries, but rather than cling to a fossil fuel past, New Mexico understands a different approach to satisfying energy needs is necessary in years to come.

Adapt or perish, and the sooner humanity recognizes this reality, the better.

In June, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported the first half of 2020 saw near-record warmth around the globe. Nine of the 10 warmest Junes have occurred since 2010. In New Mexico, much of the state remains under drought conditions, with residents looking to the skies in hopes of rain, only to be disappointed.

Accepting this reality and building a smarter, more sustainable future is a signature achievement of Lujan Grisham’s first term. She touted the Energy Transition Act in her speech — with its goal of New Mexico becoming 100 percent carbon neutral in the production of electricity by 2045 — and spoke of the promise of clean energy jobs.

A Joe Biden administration, she said, would recognize the reality of climate change and prepare the United States for its future. That includes returning the United States to the Paris climate accord and committing the nation to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

By highlighting environmental successes in New Mexico, Lujan Grisham put climate policy front and center on the third night of the Democratic National Convention. And while attacks on President Donald Trump and his record are standard operating procedure in a political campaign, it is essential for Democrats to offer positive reasons for voters to choose their ticket as opposed to voting against the Republican slate.

Making the case on climate — which Lujan Grisham did — demonstrated a clear difference between the two major party candidates. She did so standing in front of a solar array at the El Rito campus of Northern New Mexico College.

Along with state Rep. Derrick Lente’s participation in the roll call vote Tuesday, New Mexico has had several high-visibility moments in the spotlight. Lente gave his nominating words at Sandia Pueblo, dressed in the traditional clothing of his pueblo and speaking his language in the introduction. On Thursday night, U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo member, also was tapped to speak.

Lujan Grisham’s speech, however, was a key moment. Considered for the vice presidential slot and potentially a candidate to serve in a Biden Cabinet, Lujan Grisham is building a record of accomplishment for any future national positions.

Her aggressiveness at expanding COVID-19 testing in New Mexico, decisiveness in shutting the state down early in the pandemic and her adoption of a mask mandate shows she is unafraid to act using science and common sense.

Despite her value as a national point person on fighting COVID-19, Lujan Grisham belongs in New Mexico to complete her term. That’s where the real work — the stuff the governor says she’s most interested in accomplishing — really is.

The state’s flattened finances, in particular, cry out for a governor who can manage spending while refusing to lose sight of much-needed reforms and big-picture initiatives. Lt. Gov. Howie Morales is an able second in command, but Lujan Grisham remains the leader New Mexico needs right now.

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joe martinez

New Mexico going green will have a huge effect on climate. We are a big contributor of CO2. After some virtue-signaling we can get back to normal and Santa Fe can get back in the race for wacko capitol of the West. We'd have to find some batteries for those huge machines that repair our roads. For those huge cranes. For those 18-wheelers. Climate is changing, it has always changed, and will continue to change but it'll feel good to see those ugly solar panels and ugly "windmills" all over the land.

Mike Johnson

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Robert Bartlett

Correct of course, but Kahl and Jim want to check your academic qualifications.

Khal Spencer

Its easy to be dogmatic until you dig into this stuff. Then you realize how complicated it really gets. That's why when someone blurts out "its all a hoax" or "the world as we know it will end in the next ten years unless we get to zero emissions" I tend to think the person is reading sites full of, well, to put it charitably, a lot of baloney.

Mike and I argue about this from time to time, but I think we agree that humans pumping enough carbon into the atmosphere to double pre-industrial concentrations makes humanity a player in the Great Climate Control Panel. The question is, how much influence do we have over the totality of climate variability and how well do we know that number? Last I checked, we don't know ECS or TCS to even a factor of two if that, but that should actually worry us as we go along our merry way buying enormous amounts of cheap sh*t from countries that power their factories on fossil fuels.

But what do I know? I'm just part of that cabal of leftist intellectuals trying my best to tear down America.

Burma Shave.

Khal Spencer

Oh, as far as the abbreviations. ECS = equilibrium (longer term as the system stabilizes after a given doubling ) climate sensitivity. TCS = transient (short term) climate sensitivity. Usually defined in terms of degrees of temperature rise per a doubling of atmospheric CO2.

Mike Johnson

Agreed Khal, the basics are not in dispute scientifically, that CO2 is a photoactive Tyndall (not "greenhouse" in that they do NOT trap heat) gas that absorbs IR at various frequencies and re-emits that heat, just as CH4, NOx, SOx, and the most ubiquitous one, water vapor, do. The devil is in the details of how serious the warming will be, how quickly, and what other atmospheric and planetary countervailing factors will offset the warming. We all know the largest and most numerous climate change events in earth's history were NOT related to Tyndall gases, and were driven by planetary forces (Milankovitch Cycles). But if I put my economist hat on and look at the realities of actually doing something about seriously reducing and stopping CO2, as Biden has proposed to get to net zero by 2050, the research shows that to accomplish that, 1 mtoe (million tons of oil equivalent) would need to be replaced each day, that's 1 medium size nuclear plant, or 1500 2.5 MW wind or solar installations, every day........impossible.

Khal Spencer

Yep, exactly. When the SW went into megadrought repeatedly in times past it was other forces in play such as solar intensity vs. lack of volcanic aerosols, probably oceean-atmosphere coupling, etc. But now, as I said, we have our paws on the thermostat as well.

I think Judy Curry's comment is on point. We need to figure out how to adapt to climate change as well as mitigate our worst sins. Problem is, we are rather sensitive to changes given that national boundaries are rather inflexible and we tend to love to live on the seashore. In the long term, anyone who studies perched and drowned sea level stands knows that second tendency is not a good option. Wars have and will be fought over the first. Especially as there are more and more of us (which is a big problem) and No Vacancy signs are posted all over the world.

Its a vexing issue. I understand the anxiety but not sure how we actually fix the problem as long as we are breeding like flies and demanding a first world lifestyle.

Robert Bartlett

If you want to talk dogmatic, how about the "green new deal." This is the democrat party policy now. It promises to "tear down America" as you put it. And it is given oxygen, so to speak, by academia, the media and Marxist leaning politicians.

Khal Spencer

I think the politicians are assuming too much and in my more cynical moments, have referred to that as the Green New Steal. I do think we should be researching alternative, renewable energy in a more aggressive manner as well as using nuclear and finally figuring out if fusion will work. We keep finding more carbon in the ground but at some point I think that carbon burning is fine for stars, but not for humans. After all, it doesn't work too long for stars, either.

Randall Finley

According to the Goddard Institute (NASA), average world temperatures have increased by 1.4 degrees in the last 140 years. This is completely consistent with a warming trend that began after the end of the last mini Ice Age. Man Made Global Warming is a nothingburger. The theory was created to further a leftist agenda.

Mike Johnson

[thumbup] The truth.......

Mike Johnson

Ha! What a joke that speech was, she has nothing to brag about in running this last place state even further into the dumper in most all categories. And of course PNM just issued an alert for everyone to cut back on their power usage and A/C, as the smoky atmosphere will cause their solar arrays to be very inefficient and we could, like California, experience rolling blackouts and brownouts. This is what happens when you ignorantly replace reliable base load fossil fuels with unreliable, but Hollywood trendy and PC, solar and wind. Solar and wind cannot keep up with peak power demands when they are above about 30% of power supply. But the funniest thing about this "person's" speech on TV was the fact the NBC network feed graphics identified her as the Guv of Georgia, they obviously have no clue who she is, and now no one does......and of course qualified her record in the caption as the 1st Latina "Democratic" Guv of the state, big deal. What a joke this "woman" is.

https://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/pnm-asking-customers-to-reduce-energy-usage-this-week/?fbclid=IwAR23LkGqYPs06TDXPcDroZJb6eVlGYMhkfgLKNbJshrgEWeJYkN7RW7srD4

Prince Michael Jauregui

Mike, personally I have zero time nor respect for the agenda-serving word-drool known as the T.V. Broadcast media. Still, I guarantee you that the "Governor of Georgia" diss, was a totally intentional slap to the face of New Mexicans. As a former Radio broadcaster, knowing it was broadcast before a national audience? GUARANTEED.

Then again, maybe the D_ _ _l went down to Georgia.

Mike Johnson

[thumbup] Well said.

Jim Klukkert

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Prince Michael Jauregui

Spotlight? No, a headlight - from the on-coming train.

ALL ABOARD!

Lee DiFiore

Then we can be like CA with rolling blackouts every summer when clean energy falls short of meeting demand.

Alasdair Lindsay

Anyone not paying attention to climate change has their head buried in the sand. There is no future in a state with no water and the land burning. The governor is doing her part and her duty to the citizens of NM. What the world does will determine the fate of NM. The world is waiting for America to grow up and face the reality that we are all in this together. There is no place outside of this planet to escape and the clock is ticking.

Jim Klukkert

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Khal Spencer

If New Mexico is going to be part of a green economy rather than a backwater, we need to first of all get our educational system out of the toilet.

Jim Klukkert

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Joseph Tafoya

I find it ironic that on the same day Grisham was calling for more “Green Energy” PNM was sending out a request for customers to lower their energy use. (KRQE) - PNM is asking customers to reduce energy usage as temperatures stay high throughout the week. They say pockets of clouds could reduce solar energy generation and are asking customers to turn up their AC to 78 degrees or higher and to use certain appliances such as dishwashers and dryers only after 9 p.m.

Jim Klukkert

Joseph Tafoya- It is not so much ironic as it is common sense that PNM sent out a request for customers to lower their energy use.

During record setting heat levels, which will become only more common as Climate Collapse gains speed, Public Energy Companies will and should ask for consumers to reduce their consumption. Tolerating higher indoor temperatures and using certain appliances at night are the smart thing to do DURING CLIMATE EMERGENCIES!

Slow down on the highways when the snow starts, reduce your energy usage during extreme weather events. We are now in a Mega-Drought, and our collective failure to curb fossil fuel use in an effort to delay Global Climate Collapse inevitably leads to a collective need to reduce energy use.

If you would rather not see rolling black outs, reduce your energy use voluntarily.

If you want to reduce the pain of Global Climate Collapse, support Green Renewables.

Thanks.

Joseph Tafoya

This wouldn't be happening if we had more fossil fuel generating plants, would it? Climate Control the big hoax! It's just one more way to control lives.

Jim Klukkert

Mr. Tafoya, you are free to believe, like Trump, that Climate Change is a hoax, but the overwhelming majority of scientists agree that human activity driven Climate Dhange3 is a real threat to continued life on this planet. The overwhelming majority of the world's countries who signed the Paris Accords also hold similar views.

I am sorry that you are so fooled by the Alt-Right & the fossil fuel lobby.

Fortunately, change is soon to come, though we can only hope it is not too late.

Jim Klukkert

Joseph T- you are so wrong when you write this wouldn’t happen if we had more pollution spewing power plants. Global Climate Collapse would be accelerating even faster!

Additionally, the Dine and others would be suffering even more so from asthma and or lung illnesses, all of which aggravate Covid-19.

We need to end dirty fossil fuel use!

No one gave the fossil fuel industry the right to use our planet as their toilet!

Mike Johnson

Thank you Mr. Tafoya, as a person who has a Ph.D. in paleoclimatology, I can verify most all your intuitions with my scientific education and experience.[thumbup]

Robert Bartlett

The governor of the poorest state brags that she is going to make it even worse by prioritizing the lowest priority by far of the American people - namely the MMGW hoax.

Khal Spencer

And your Ph.D. is in what, Robert?

Robert Bartlett

The leftist loons in the faculty lounge are the authors of the MMGW hoax. Show me the actual data to prove me wrong.

Jim Klukkert

oh please Robert, I must have been in the loo when my leftist loon friends hatched the MMGW hoax. Can you tell me what I missed as I stepped out of the faculty lounge.

What the heck is the MMGW hoax?

Ed Foley

Very good degree-shaming, Khal.

Khal Spencer

No problem, Ed.

What I would suggest for climate skeptics is not to listen to me, but check out Dr. Judith Curry's blog. She is a retired climatologist with a geophysics Ph.D. from Chicago and she is an American Geophysical Union Fellow. Her criticism of the state of climate science is not that humans don't influence climate. Her criticism is that the modelling uncertainties are much more serious than many would like to admit and I tend to agree that is a serious problem with all these forward thinking models.

The problem with climate is that we can argue about uncertainties but the outcome is one we have to live with. So rather than get outside my field of expertise, here is the link.

https://judithcurry.com/

Mike Johnson

Indeed Khal, as a long time friend and associate of Dr. Curry, as she and Dr. Christie, Dr. Spencer, and Dr. Pielke, among others, tried their best to show AGU and our climate groups the objective science, we came to understand this topic is not science anymore, it is politics pure and simple. But the science is clear, and she and others like her speak the truth about it, not politics.

Jim Klukkert

I dunno Ed, looks like a number of your comments being deleted by moderator for violating SFNM guidelines.

The iron pot calling the stainless steel kettle ....?

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