When Might A Supercomputer Be Stupid

If you have followed The Rio Grande Foundation and their blog, Errors of Enchantment, you will know our much vaunted supercomputer, tagged with the ridiculous and thought to be cute moniker Encanto, was a stupid move by the Richardson administration and many in our New Mexico House and Senate. Not only would you know the foregoing, but you would know the Rail Runner and very likely, the out of this world Spaceport are also more eels for the barrel of eels slithering around this state.

For those of you having the bad fortune of not being able to keep up with Bill and the bills he left us, you can follow the link below to find much of what you may have missed and in turn, I promise not to throw anymore bad news your way until next year.  Seriously.

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When Is A Supercomputer Stupid

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Our Susana Drop Kicked Progressives Through The Goal Post Of Truth

With apologies to Bobby Bare and his:

“Drop Kick Me Jesus Through The Goalposts Of Life.”

Thank you Governor Martinez.  You are the real deal for all New Mexicans:

And such a sparkling clean improvement over Bill Richardson.

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Cap & Trade In NM — Kaput

The quoted information below comes from Jim Crawford and Donna Crawford.

Mr. and Ms. Crawford have been faithful in making sure the public is well-informed on the Cap & Trade issues here in New Mexico.  Their attendance at many meetings to listen to the deliberations and submit serious (and some humorous) comments speaks to their conservatism and their dedication to appropriate rules and regulations.

The Sandia Tea Party applauds their efforts and encourages them to continue their work as advocates for the public.

Notes EIB Meeting – February 06, 2012

By Jim Crawford

The regular EIB meeting was held February 6, 2012 in Apodaca Hall in the old PERA building. The board members except for Greg Fulfer were all present at the start of the meeting. Jim Cassiano had to sit out when the deliberation on repeal of cap and trade came up since he has recused himself from that case. The meeting started at 0905 and ended at 1400 for us when the board went into executive session.

OOB Observations, Opinions, and Barbs:

NM Cap and Trade was repealed by unanimous decision!

The five board members that deliberated the cap and trade repeal deserve a big shout out. The discussion was very well researched, based on and referenced to testimony, and very logically presented. It was fascinating to watch. It was a night and day difference from 2010 when the decisions were made with virtually no discussion and no tie back to the record. The board had done their homework and it showed!

One of the most interesting things was that the environmental lawyers made a big deal of including the entire record from the 2010 hearings into the record for this proceeding. The hearing officer finally relented and included the 2010 record. As a consequence much of the board’s rationale for their decision on this case was tied back to omissions and admissions from the 2010 record. Inclusion of the old record hurt more than helped the environmentalist case in my opinion.

The procedural costs over the last two years must be astronomical. All the costs ultimately fall back on the customers. We have incurred all this expense for no measurable environmental benefit.

The charges of political bias are already flying since the board was appointed by Governor Martinez. The critics tend to forget the 2010 decision was strictly a political decision in support of Governor Richardson’s quest for a green legacy with nothing to back it up.

Item 6 Request for Hearing – Williams Four Corners: This was supposed to be a request by Williams for a permit hearing. It was a bit odd in that the company representative did not show up. The item was postponed until next month.

Item 7 Storage Tank Rules Statement of Reasons: This was review and approval of the statement of reasons to adopt the Petroleum Storage Tank Rules. This is the case that has been discussed for several previous meetings with NMED being sent back to do better on presenting the information. The decision to adopt the rules was made January 3 at a meeting we missed. There was minimal discussion and a few minor correction s and the SOR was approved.

Item 8 Open Meetings Resolution: This is the annual reaffirmation of the Open Meetings Resolution. Litigation related to actions having potential injury or damage to people or personal property was added as a legitimate reason for calling an emergency meeting. E-mail notices for emergency meetings was added. The resolution was then approved.

Item 9 Repeal of Cap and Trade: This of course was the big item of the day. The board broke the deliberations into 2 parts. They dealt with Part 350 first which is the cap and trade part of the rule and then dealt with Parts 300 and 301 after the decision was made on Part 350. The whole process was done step by step and quite logically.

First the Chairperson went through a brief history of the case, a discussion of the board’s authority to repeal previous decisions, discussed that repeal does not require any higher standard of proof than the original decision, pointed out the need to explain and justify changes of position, and finally had each member certify that they had read the entire record and were familiar with it.

The member discussions were then centered on four main decision criteria under the Air Quality Control Act.

The first category was impacts on health, welfare and environment. Some of the highlight points were:

Even with Part 350 NM does not register on any scale of global warming. No substantial evidence was presented. 2010 hearing even indicated as much.

No convincing evidence of health problems from CO2

Part 350 does not abate pollution and produces no environmental benefit

There is doubt and uncertainty about man cause global warming

No convincing evidence of man caused global warming

NM climate variations cannot be attributed to global warming

No measurable effects on climate change or global warming

No environmental improvement

Emissions may increase if Part 350 stays in effect

No impact on health and environment from repeal

The next category dealt with public interest and social issues. Some of the highlights from that discussion were:

Without repeal, NM will be at an economic disadvantage and there will be a negative impact on NM business

Significant costs to NM residents if not repealed, electric rate payers, refiners, etc.

Benefits of Part 350 do not outweigh the costs

Job losses are a greater moral issue than man caused global warming. When you are out of a job and electric rates are going up global warming is meaningless

There will be no net effect on global warming from Part 350

Other entities are moving away from cap and trade policies

NM does not need to emulate California

Economic costs outweigh environmental benefit

In 2010 about 88% of the comments were in opposition to Part 350 and in 2011 about 72% of personal letters and 98% of all comments were in favor of repeal of Part 350. New Mexicans are obviously not in favor of Part 350.

Major changes have happened in the Western Climate Initiative. NM has dropped out and CA and Canadian provinces are the only remaining members. Other groups such as RGGI and European initiatives are falling apart.

Part 350 will cause serious impacts on state GDP and jobs

Part 350 has caused and will cause more economic and environmental leakage

Customers pay all the increased costs of Part 350

The third category was technical and economic reasonableness. Some of the highlights were;

There is a lack of viable technology to implement Part 350. Most viable options are already being implemented

No technology exists for capturing CO2 and only option is to reduce fuel use and electric consumption

Use of natural gas is penalized by Part 350

Part 350 is not economically reasonable and impacts are significant

Cap and trade is losing favor around the world

Implementation of Part 350 is not technically practical

NMED cannot practically implement the rules

Last the board discussed what had changed between 2010 and 2011. Some of the highlights were:

Position of NMED has changed and NM has dropped out of WCI. No viable regional program exists except for CA.

NM is overshadowed by CA

Numerous changes at the federal level regulating emissions

Programs are being reduced and discontinued nationally and globally

No reason for NM to continue on its own

Many new federal regulations are in place and NMED even agreed in 2010 that Part 350 not needed if a federal program is in place.

Repeal would be consistent with Part 350 sunset clause

The recent economic analysis was done for Part 350 alone and did not include a number of complementary policies not subject to Part 350 as was done in 2010. The new analysis shows significant impacts on state GDP and jobs.

NM is standing in front of a regulatory firing squad and Part 350 is piling on

The board then voted 5 to 0 to repeal Part 350.

We then took a lunch break and came back about 1330 to continue with discussion about repeal of Parts 300 and 301. The two parts were discussed together. Many of the same points were made about these two parts as were made for Part 350 above. The main additional points were:

The 3 parts are clearly tied together and it makes no sense to keep them after Part 350 was repealed

Duplication of EPA rules

Increased burden on NMED with lack of capability to handle new work.

NM will not be gaining any additional information on emissions

Additional burdens on businesses

Many new small businesses would be affected that do not come under Part 350

The benefits do not justify the costs

The board voted 5 to 0 to repeal Part 300.

The board voted 5 to 0 to repeal Part 301.

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Ms. Governor Keeps A Promise

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2011)

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During Governor Susana Martinez’s campaign, one of her promises was to rescind or abolish, former Governor Bill Richardson’s silly sanctuary state edict.  Richardson’s executive order had decreed, king-like,  that law enforcement officers would not inquire into the immigration status of any person  arrested by a State law enforcement officer.  Now Ms. Martinez has removed Richardson’s executive order and replaced it with one of her own.

While some will say that the executive order issued by Governor Martinez does not go far enough, it does relieve the stigma of New Mexico’s sanctuary state status.  Her order is likely to enrage illegal alien proponents, but it will please citizens who followed the law when they entered the United States.  Now there is the matter of illegal alien driver’s license and her promise to see the law allowing such be repealed .  Let’s see if she can make our wish come true on that promise.

If you follow the link shown below you will see Governor Martinez’s Executive Order #2011-009.


New Mexico’s Brand Of Cap And Trade

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Expect a vote up to approve New Mexico’s very own (and probably useless) Cap and Trade regulation from an appointive board that has power to rule and make rules, just as if they were legislators.  While they will make the rules, Bill Richardson and enough of our legislators to pass the enabling legislation, actually deserve the credit blame for having the short sightedness to pass the laws approving the board’s ability to pass rules impacting all citizens without the real accountability the citizens have for legislators at the ballot box.

What makes this cap-and-trade rule potentially silly in a real way is that we may  play the game by ourselves … if California voters pass a proposition (Proposition 23) to prohibit their state from enacting or otherwise approving their  cap-and-trade rules until their economy has recovered.  If all of this isn’t enough for you, watch in December for New Energy Economy to push hard for our solo cap-and-trade regulations.  How does it happen that organizations such as New Energy Economy push their agenda, you might ask.  The answer would be under the #3 washtub of complacency … hidden where few would know to look.  It is really difficult to drill down to the New Energy Economy organizations’ information, except that it seems to have a presence in many cities and states throughout our nation.  Maybe it is more of a philosophy and lobbying outfit than anything else.  So love it or hate it … it is up to you.

In any case, you still have time to get to the meeting to see and be seen, to hear and possibly be heard.  Copied below is the agenda and pleading documents:

NMED Home Page
Quick Links…Advanced SearchOffice of the SecretaryRegulations & LawSite Map

Environmental Improvement Board

Responsibilities Meetings Notices Legislation Regulations Members

Meetings of the Environmental Improvement Board

November 2, 2010  

Convenes at 1:00 p.m. State Capitol Room 322,

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Draft Agenda Agenda items for discussion and possible action
1 Roll Call
2 Approval of Agenda
3 Approval of October 4, 2010 meeting minutes
4 Public Comment
5 Request for hearing in re: Petition to amend 20.3.3, 20.3.4, 20.3.10 and 20.3.12
NMAC, Radiation Protection Regulations, EIB 10-12 (R). Jennifer Hower,
NMED/OGC; Daniela Bowman, NMED/RCB. Time estimate: 15 minutes
6 Board deliberations and possible decision in re: EIB 10-04 (R), In the Matter of
Proposed New Regulations, 20.2.350 NMAC, Greenhouse Gas Cap and Trade
Provisions, NMED Petitioner. Felicia Orth, Hearing Officer.
7 Other Business
8 Next meeting: 10:00 a.m. December 6, 2010, State Capitol Room 317, Santa Fe, NM87501.
*Hearings in EIB 10-08 (R), amendment of 20.2.70 NMAC and EIB 10-09 (R)
New Reporting Rules 20.2.300 NMAC, 10:00 a.m., November 8, 9 and 10, 2010, State Capitol Room 321.
9 Adjournment

EIB 10-04 (R) Proposed Greenhouse Gas Cap and Trade ~ Pleading Log and Documents

EIB 10-04 Pleading Log EIB 10-04 Pleading Documents 42 through 52
EIB 10-04 Pleading Documents 1 through 17 EIB 10-04 Pleading Documents 53 through 57
EIB 10-04 Pleading Document 18 NMED NOI EIB 10-04 Pleading Documents 58 through 64
EIB 10-04 Pleading Documents 19 through 34 EIB 10-04 Pleading Documents 65 through 74
EIB 10-04 Pleading Documents 35 and 36 EIB 10-04 Pleading Documents 75 through 80
EIB 10-04 Pleading Document 37 EIB 10-04 Pleading Documents 81 through 83
EIB 10-04 Pleading Document 38 EIB 10-04 Pleading Documents 84 through 93
EIB 10-04 Pleading Document 39
EIB 10-04 Pleading Document 40
EIB 10-04 Pleading Document 41

EIB 10-04 (R) Proposed Greenhouse Gas Cap and Trade Provisions, September 20-30, 2010, Transcript of Public Hearings

Cap and Trade Hearing Transcript, Volume 1
Cap and Trade Hearing Transcript, Volume 2
Cap and Trade Hearing Transcript, Volume 3
Cap and Trade Hearing Transcript, Volume 4
Cap and Trade Hearing Transcript, Volume 5
Cap and Trade Hearing Transcript, Volume 6
Cap and Trade Hearing Transcript, Volume 7
Cap and Trade Hearing Transcript, Volume 8
Cap and Trade Hearing Transcript, Volume 9

EIB 10-04 (R) Proposed Greenhouse Gas Cap and Trade – Public Comment Correspondence

EIB 08-19 (R) New Energy Economy Petition

Pleading Log EIB 08-19 (R)
Agenda Item 6. EIB 08-19 (R) New Energy Economy documents 1-71
Agenda Item 6. EIB 08-19 (R) New Energy Economy documents 72 – 104
Agenda Item 6 EIB 08-19 (R) New Energy Economy pleading number 105 to 142
Agenda Item 6 EIB 08-19 (R) New Energy Economy pleading number 143 to 161
Agenda Item 6 EIB 08-19 (R) New Energy Economy pleading number 162 to 173
Agenda Item 6 EIB 08-19(R) New Energy Economy documents 174 – 178

EIB 08-19 (R) New Energy Economy Petition – Public Comment Correspondence

    The Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) is responsible for environmental management and consumer protection in this state in order to ensure an environment that in the greatest possible measure will confer optimum health, safety, comfort and economic and social well-being on its inhabitants; will protect this generation as well as those yet unborn from health threats posed by the environment; and will maximize the economic and cultural benefits of a healthy people [§ 74-1-2 NMSA 1978].  More… 

    The basic authority for environmental and consumer protection management in New Mexico is provided through the State Environmental Improvement Act (§§ 74-1-1 et seq., NMSA 1978). This law establishes the Environmental Improvement Board (EIB, board) and specifies its duties and powers.  More…

All questions regarding the board should be directed to:
Joyce Medina
Board Administrator

NMED Boards and Commissions
1190 St. Francis Drive, N2153
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502
Tel (505) 827-2425
Fax (505) 827-2836
Joyce.Medina @ state.nm.us

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Our Influx Of Illegal Aliens — And New Mexico Guv Squeals On Arizona Guv

By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Reports say that Illegal aliens are headed to New Mexico, but the reports only have the facts somewhat correct since the reporter in this clip bases his report on folks that are anything but disinterested.  In fact, it is likely that two of the three people interviewed on camera are in favor of seeing the illegals protected from deportation.  The barber seems to be the only one that tells it like it actually might be.

In any case, whether the illegal immigrants begin to appear in New Mexico from Arizona remains to be seen.  Here’s a video from a local television report.

Illegals headed this way?

Of course, our governor (Bill Richardson) has to weigh in.  Politics are him … sadly and badly!

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3000 Plus Jobs, But Where Will They End Up

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Governor Bill Richardson claims 3000 full-time jobs created in the last quarter ending on March 31, 2010:

SANTA FE – Governor Bill Richardson today announced that more than 3,000 full-time jobs in New Mexico have been funded with federal stimulus dollars in the first quarter of 2010.
“The Recovery Act is putting thousands of New Mexicans to work throughout rural and urban areas of the state,” said Governor Bill Richardson. “Times are tough and stimulus funds have created good, local jobs in our schools, home building industry, law enforcement, road and clean water projects at time when we need them the most.”

The Governor’s press realease goes on to say that of the total 3009 jobs, 2271 were in the public sector.  I’m not sure we should applaud and say, “jobs are jobs,” when it will be hard to fund these public jobs after the goose has become a gone goslin.   The private sector jobs are only 24.5% of the total, or 738 jobs.

Anyway, like it or not, the jobs are predominately those which will eventually have to be picked up by the taxpayers of the State of New Mexico, that, or they’ll have to be lost through lack of funding.  Here’s a link which will take you to the detailed information on the jobs:

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Here’s another link which will show all the reports from the New Mexico Office of Recovery and Investment.

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A Passel Of Passed Bills — Most Signed, But Some Vetoed

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From Governor Richardson‘s office come the news that he has dealt with all of the bills which were passed to him from the first legislative session of 2010.  Here’s a link to the press release posted on the Governor’s website.

To find details regarding the various bills just skip on over to the New Mexico Legislature‘s website and use the Bill Locater.

As stated in the press release, Richarson has until March 24th to sign or veto the bill from the just completed special session.

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Special Session To Begin March 1st For New Mexico Legislature

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Governor Bill Richardson has announced that he will call the special session to begin this coming Monday, March 1st, 2010.  He indicates that this is to give the legislators more time to come up with more compromise, indicating that they have already compromised to some unknown or unspecified extent.

Here’s hoping that the legislature will see the wisdom in progress, but they will not play the progressive’s games and will not tax:

  1. tortillas, biscuits, or white bread
  2. anything alive or anything dead
  3. clothes to wear or hair to bare
  4. beer to drink or computers that think
  5. Lard to mix or boots for kicks

In short dear lawmakers leave us alone; cut the session short and get yourselves home.

You can read the governor’s very short news release dealing with his calling of the special session by clicking here.

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Jemez Pueblo In Hot Water?

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009).

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Comes word from Governor Richardson’s office that Jemez Pueblo will be receiving a grant for just under five million dollars. The grant is to be used to explore and drill for geothermal energy development and it comes from “stimulus” funds.

In part, the governor said:

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has again delivered significant investments to promote clean energy and energy independence in New Mexico, Governor Richardson said. These awards help bolster our state’s position as a leader on renewable energy.

Los Alamos National Laboratory will partner with the pueblo. Click for the complete news release

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