To keep people engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed a webinar series focused on social, environmental, and economic issues in New Mexico. For all Zoominars, you must pre-register to secure your virtual “seat” in the Zoom.
Find links to previously recorded Zoominars at the bottom of the page.
You may also want to check out Retake Conversations, video recordings of our Retake radio show on KSFR.
Tues., June 9, 6:30- 8:00 pm: The Truth About PNM, the PRC, and the ETA, a conversation with PNM Shareholders for a Responsible Future. Shareholder activism has become increasingly popular as a way of influencing corporations from the inside. Here in New Mexico, PNM Shareholders for a Responsible Future has submitted a series of resolutions over the last five years at the PNM annual meeting. They’ve tried to push the company toward a number of progressive goals, including increased attention to the reality of climate change and the urgency of an immediate response; a fair, reasonable, and just balance between ratepayers and shareholders; a governing structure that responds to the larger
responsibilities of the corporation in its unique relationship to New Mexico; and an executive pay formula that rewards not short-term share price but prudent, long-term leadership.
In this Zoominar, members of PNM Shareholders for a Responsible Future will give a short description of the science of shareholder activism and talk about the recent PNM virtual Annual Meeting. They’ll describe the shareholder resolution presented at the meeting, talk about the questions posed to CEO Pat Collawn, and discuss her responses. As expected, her answers were insufficient and misleading, but unintentionally revealing as to how the company sees its future and who they think will pay for it. We will examine PRC decisions, how the Energy Transition has handcuffed the PRC, and how PRC testimony given by PNM execs contradicts much of CEO Collawn’s responses to shareholder questions. In short, we will get to the truth. Click here to pre-register. You must Pre-Register to secure a “seat” in the Zoom Room.
Tuesday, June 23, 6:30 – 8pm. Conversation About the Enormous Benefits of Forming a NM State Public Bank with Public Banking Advocate Leadership & Experts. On our panel will be Elaine Sullivan, Board President of New Mexico’s Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity and other experts from NM and the nation. The composition of experts to participate in this panel discussion is still be finalized, but you will want to put this in your calendar as, especially with the state experiencing a critical budget crisis, every strategy for maximizing our financial resources is critical and public banking has immense potential for supporting the state financial capacity and advancing economic justice.
Past Zoominars on Video
Tuesday, May 26, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Conversation with NM Voices for Children About the NM State Budget Crisis with Amber Wallin, Deputy Director; Bill Jordan, Government Relations Officer; and Paige Knight, Research and Policy Analyst. Joining this panel will be Rep. Javier Martinez, chair of the House Tax & Revenue Committee. Reverend William Barber declared that a budget is a moral document and New Mexico faces a budget crisis that will force difficult choices. We want those decisions to be made with a strong economic justice lens focused squarely on each choice. But to advocate effectively for a budget requires your understanding the choices. This discussion does an excellent job of framing the special budget session on June 18. Best line of the night, Bill Jordan: “We don’t have a budget crisis; we have a revenue crisis.” Find out what bill meant because it will help you understand how we got into this mess.
Tuesday, May 19, 6:30-8:00 pm, Conversation About Gas & Oil Influence in NM Legislature featuring Heather Ferguson, Executive Director, Common Cause NM; Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator and author; and Kathleen Sabo, Executive Director,NM Ethics Watch. We will be discussing their exhaustive study “The New Mexico Oil and Gas Industry and Its Allies: Oceans of oil, oceans of influence.” If you wonder how the Produced Water Act came from nowhere and then without any discussion was passed into law in the last days of the session and in the wee hours of the morning, Zoom in. We will discuss Produced Water, the failure to pass any meaningful regulatory legislation and how the gas and oil lobby blocks our ability to initiate steps toward a just transition. We don’t get what we want and what the planet needs because the deck is stacked in the NM state legislature, stacked by the gas and oil industry who spend millions on campaign donations, lobbyists and entertaining. They control not just what can be passed in the legislature, but even if a bill will ever be heard in a legislative committee. The link above will take you to the Common Cause NM web page where you can download the full report.
May 5, 2020. Zoominar with Dahr Jamail and Greg Rogers. Based on emails and results of a poll of attendees, this Zoominar was a powerful, far ranging discussion that attendees appreciated greatly. We spoke with internationally known author Dahr Jamail, the author of The End of Ice, which was named one of the Ten Best Science Books of 2019 by Smithsonian and is a finalist for the 2020 Pen/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Joining Dahr was attorney, author, and CPA Greg Rogers who wrote the seminal book, Financial Reporting of Environmental Liabilities and Risks. We discussed Dahr’s March 30, 2020 article from Truthout, “Could COVID-19 Spell the End of the Fracking Industry As We Know It?” If you want to read our post about Dahr’s article, click here. It will frame the discussion below. His article analyzes the recent precipitous drop in oil prices and the impact of that collapse on the New Mexico state economy. But far beyond a discussion of the price of oil, we delved into the messages being sent by Covid, the degree to which our response to Covid should inform our approach to climate policy, our advocacy and our daily lives. Rogers got specific about legislative and legal steps the state needs to do to protect itself from G&O bankruptcies. We also delved into the real possibility of Donald Trump not accepting the November election results, with a Senate, Supreme Court, federal court system and Fox Media ready to echo is calls of “hoax.” A fascinating discussion.
Tues., April, 21, 6:30 – 8 pm, Community Meeting with Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard and Land Commission General Counsel Ari Biernoff. We will zero in on how the Land Commission can currently regulate the gas and oil industry and discuss what legislative remedies might be possible to increase that capacity, increase royalties and penalties, and slow the pace of lease approvals. We will also discuss what is politically feasible given the state budget crisis and plunging oil prices and what is necessary given those same conditions.
Tues., April 14, 6:30 – 8pm, Candidate Forum with both Democratic District 3 candidates for Public Regulation Commission (PRC). The PRC plays a crucial role in trying to regulate our use of energy in NM and currently is caught in a battle with the Governor and the legislature over the scope of their authority, whether commissioners should be elected or appointed, and now, even where they will be physically located. Current Dist. 3 commissioner Valerie Espinoza is leaving the due to term limits. Two excellent candidates are running for her seat: Former Espanola Mayor and Santa Fe City Council member, Joe Maestas; and Brian Harris, who for thirteen years has either worked at the PRC or been a ratepayer expert advocate at their hearings. Unfortunately, we began the video recording about 30 seconds into the video, so you will miss a bit of our introduction outlining coming zoominars, but that info is above on this page.