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Taos Dems host environment talk Sunday with new state leaders

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 2/7/19

New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie García Richard will be part of the panel discussion.

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Taos Dems host environment talk Sunday with new state leaders

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The Taos Democratic Party will host a talk about environmental issues and renewable energy by some of New Mexico's newly appointed state leaders from 1:30 - 3 p.m., Sunday (Feb. 10).

The talk will be at the Taos Democratic Party headquarters, 729-A Paseo del Pueblo Sur, at the corner of Cruz Alta.

New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie García Richard will be part of the panel discussion as well as James Kenny, cabinet secretary designate of the New Mexico Environment Department, and Louise Martínez, director of the state's Energy Conservation and Management Division. They'll be talking about their vision for New Mexico as a renewable energy powerhouse in the nation and how the state might address climate change.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued an executive order for New Mexico to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. New Mexico is one of 20 states to join the climate alliance, which is committed to honoring the international Paris Agreement. That agreement, originally signed by 195 countries including the United States under the Obama administration, commits countries to reducing greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide by at least 26 percent below 2005 levels in the next six years. Greenhouse gas emissions are widely believed by climate scientists and studies to be the primary cause of climate change and global warming, now blamed for catastrophic storms and fires occurring around the globe.

President Donald Trump decided in 2017 to remove the United States from the Paris Agreement, but many states have moved forward with their commitment to the accord.

Sunday's discussion will be an opportunity for public input regarding climate change solutions in Taos County for the state officials, who will be joined by Kit Carson Electric Cooperative CEO Luis Reyes. KCEC has been installing community solar arrays for the last couple of years with the ultimate goal of providing all of its 23,000 customers power from solar energy by 2022. That is equal to 34 percent of total energy needs of current customers.

Other groups in town are promoting electric cars, powered by solar charging stations, as part of an effort to position Taos County as a place powering its citizens from the sun.

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