I thought I was reading The Onion. Today we examine the kind of drivel that passes for journalism at Fox News–a diatribe on AOC, the Green New Deal and New Mexico who apparently passed the Green New Deal last session without public input, forcing us to utilize far more expensive renewables and forego far cheaper gas and oil. I’d love to see their math. But this is what America reads.The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC). I don’t know if you remember the NMOGA commercials with Krista M. from Farmington telling us about fracking and how our water is safe, as her daughter runs her hands through crystal clear Farmington water? Krista is also a fracking engineer. And she is a member of the WQCC. She is probably not the only member that we should be concerned about. With the Oil Conservation Division (headed by a former exec with Marathon Oil), the WQCC is the other half of the regulating bodies mentioned in HB 546 with jurisdiction over “produced” water. One of our members, Mike Neas, has been tracking the WQCC and was the only person to offer public comment at the last WQCC meeting where spoke of his concern about the use of produced water in agriculture. To view the 30 second NMOGA TV ad, scroll to the bottom of the post.
The regulatory system should address a broad range of stakeholder concerns by incentivizing continuous technology development, establishing rules that are predictable and easy to enforce, and increasing water recycling in water scarce regions. This article considers multiple regulatory tools to create such a program and presents a proposal that leverages the relative strengths of these tools.”
With the right investments, farmers and governments could adapt technology from oil and gas to create cleaner water for farming. Cleaner water also produces more, better quality crops. The hybrid program would bring significant benefit to farmers, which could garner support from the agricultural community and make the program politically feasible.”
We are not ready to pile on Rep Torres Small for a paper written four years ago calling for a pilot program to test recycling produced water. Reducing water use is a good thing, but we need to be vigilant, as the inclusion of agriculture as one possible use for produced water raised alarms, and apparently for good reason. To read about how Encore Green Environmental Group is in the permitting process for using produced water on 3000 acres of NM farmland, click here.
Fox News: Imagine Being Fed This Nonsense 24-7. No Wonder Trump Followers Can Buy This Administration
I should have foreseen what was coming when the first sentence described the Green New Deal as “forced veganism” and “banning airplanes.” Daniel Turner, the Fox correspondent, goes on to describe how left leaning legislators in NM, who are funded by radical green organizations, has now passed our state’s Green New Deal. In case you missed this bill even being introduced, the article is referring to SB 489. You’ll be surprised to hear that this bill was passed without community input and that it will: “will force the elimination of low-cost energy sources and mandate high-cost renewables. Send the bill to customers. Say it’s ‘for the earth’ and voila, green energy companies get rich.” There is so much wrong with this sentence it belies belief, except in the unchallenged echo chamber of Fox News, viewers hear “high-cost renewables” and they believe it. They here “low-cost energy” (fossil-fuel based energy) and they believe it. But while that may have been true 10 years ago, today renewables are far cheaper than gas and oil. And I am pretty sure the author knows this.
The article goes on to describe how the Governor, Secretary of the Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources, Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst had sought input on SB 489 from radical green groups like Interwest where Propst had once worked. Again, this is cringe-worthy if it weren’t written as God’s truth. The real truth is that those at the table throughout the 18 months that the bill was in development were NMOGA and PNM who helped craft the bill. Turner failed to mention their involvement.
The Fox article is rife with histrionic claims about how politicians are being funded with huge donations from radical green groups while the truth is just the opposite. It is NMOGA and the fossil fuel industry that is making the massive contributions and running the show. Recall that it was PNM who provided $440,000 in funding in its failed effort to re-elect Sandy Jones to the Public Regulation Commission. Somehow this was not reported in the Fox article. Indeed, as I read the article I found myself only wishing much of it were true as it painted a picture of green movement in complete control, driving policy and legislation. Of course, it also characterizes the green movement as hell-bent on destroying economies, depriving Americans of good-paying jobs, and foisting exorbitantly expense renewable energy on an unsuspecting public when a fair market would choose the far cheaper fossil fuel based energy. The article identifies the motivation of the green movement as being to make green energy investors rich failing to mention the reason the inconvenient truth of climate change as the real motivator. While not stating it, the article seems to have no problem with the billions and billions of profit made by the gas and oil barons over the last century.
It is important that we periodically review the messaging coming from Fox, to better understand our opposition. When we start our canvassing efforts, especially in CD-2, we will want to understand and be able to counter arguments that go unquestioned in the world of Fox. To read the full article, click here.
For more rose colored views of life with fracking, take 30 seconds to view the 30-second New Mexico Oil and Gas Association TV promo featuring a member of the Water Quality Control Commission member and her daughter frolicking in the crystal clear Farmington stream.
Paul & Roxanne