You have to give her credit; Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is such a strong supporter of the green agenda she even recycles old promises. Sadly, for New Mexico’s families the reality never matches the rhetoric.
Case in point: Look at two different quotes about green jobs in New Mexico:
1. “New Mexico is now in a position to lead in renewable energy across the nation.”
2. “New Mexico is hungry for clean energy and the good jobs that come with this new industry.”
The first quote is from our current governor and ally of the eco-left, Michelle Lujan Grisham. She recently promised our state is poised to climb out from the bottom of the nation’s unemployment rankings thanks to renewable jobs.
The second quote is from former Gov. Bill Richardson when he promised New Mexico was “hungry” for clean energy jobs. In fact, just a few weeks before this statement he proudly announced Tesla was going to build an electric car plant in Albuquerque!
The only problem? The two quotes are 14 years apart. Richardson promised a Tesla factory in Albuquerque, but as you may have heard, there isn’t a Tesla factory in Albuquerque. It should surprise no one we’re still waiting for the massive influx of green jobs both Richardson and Lujan Grisham have promised.
In 2007, Richardson told New Mexicans we were on the cusp of an explosion of green jobs. Just a few years later in 2010, Richardson left office with New Mexico’s second-worst unemployment rate in nearly 30 years. The “honor” of worst employment rate since at least 1992 has now been surpassed by Lujan Grisham. This illustrates the problem with “just around the corner” promises of the green agenda.
In the 14 years between the two statements, New Mexico’s fossil fuel industry delivered over 100,000 jobs and billions to state coffers. Over the same period, renewables have remained on subsidy life support.
Renewables aren’t only failing to deliver jobs, but they also can’t deliver revenue for our state. In 2018, our state’s oil and gas industry accounted for nearly 93% of state land revenue. During the same year, renewables accounted for a whopping 0.01%. No, that’s not a typo.
The renewable industry reaps millions in sweetheart tax breaks and at the same time environmental groups circulate petitions trying to make sure renewables don’t have to pay taxes like the rest of us – tax dollars that could help our police officers, our teachers and our infrastructure are squandered away because green companies don’t want to pay their fair share.
The final renewable insult is that they can’t provide the power when New Mexico’s families need it most. Last August, as temperatures reached triple digits in parts of New Mexico, Lujan Grisham stood in front a field of solar panels proudly telling the country this was the future for our state. At nearly the exact same time, the state’s largest electric utility was telling customers not to use major appliances and to use less air conditioning. Why? Because of clouds. It would be hilarious if so much wasn’t at stake. Yet, we’re still expected to believe “in the promise.”
Renewables can’t deliver enough jobs, enough money, or enough power. You can recycle it all you want, but the green promise is still broken.