Bad for Climate Hysterics, Good for New Mexico

Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich claim that it “fails to bring clean energy jobs to our rural communities, ignores the impacts that extreme weather will have on our economy and our national security, and does not decrease our reliance on foreign oil.”

Ed Markey believes that it’s “an attack on science, on climate, on the clean energy revolution.”

And the Sierra Club wails that it will “only deepen our dependence on fuels that pollute our air, water and climate while making our kids sicker.”

The White House’s “Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” which the chief executive says will spark “a new era in American energy and production and job creation,” has the eco-extremism lobby pitching a collective fit. But the measures the document includes — including suspension of major portions of the “Clean Power Plan,” the lifting of Barack Obama’s ban on coal-leasing activities on federal land, and nixing of the review of the “social cost” of carbon — are spectacularly good news for New Mexico.

Source: annual reports, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department

Coal-mining employment in the Land of Enchantment dropped by 24.2 percent between 2012 and 2015, and it’s a near-certainty that the numbers were down last year, too. The president’s policy reversal may not bring coal back to what it was before the era of fracking-driven cheap natural gas, but it will stanch the bleeding.

Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions

As for oil and gas in New Mexico, jobs in the sector tumbled by 17.9 percent between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the third quarter of 2016. A price uptick has employment looking up, but regulatory relief from Washington will surely help.

With stunning air-quality improvement in recent decades, and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions for the first six months of 2016 the lowest since 1991, the Obama administration’s regulatory assault on coal, oil, and natural gas was wholly unnecessary. Ignore the “green” crowd’s cartoonish hysteria. The White House’s pro-energy agenda is good news for a state that hasn’t had much to smile about for quite some time.

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3 Replies to “Bad for Climate Hysterics, Good for New Mexico”

  1. It may be true that 97% of scientist believe that humans have an influence on climate (although the source of that statistic seems elusive), but that’s a long way from believing human CO2 emissions are destroying Earth. There are many human influences on climate, including black carbon pollution settling on arctic ice, conversion of forests to farmland and destruction of that farmland by overuse. If you want to believe in climate change you should understand belief belongs to religion and has no place in science.

    If, however, you want to see what the experts say you can read the *scientists’* report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. That’s the Technical Summary, and is a far cry from the dogma put out by alarmists. The actual scientists’ report, with the uncertainties at the end, is here:

    There is a difference between coal pollution which includes emissions of particulates and reversal of the exothermic reaction that makes CO2.

    1. Agree with you on all of this. RGF has not taken a position on whether climate change is happening or not. We are economists, not scientists. There are plenty of free market approaches to the CO2 issue. I find this to be particularly indicative of the radical socialistic views of many supposed environmentalists.

  2. Has there been warming at places around the globe?
    Yes, and many if not most scientists agree
    Is the warming a result of man’s activity? Little agreement
    Is it man-made carbon dioxide doing whatever? Less agreement
    Is “climate change” an appropriate synonym for “global warming”?
    Only among the very seriously disingenuous, so, no
    So many of the global cooling crowd of the 1970s are on the train with warming that we should charge for poorly-informed opinion change
    What is weather?
    Mother Nature’s efforts to equalize global temperature
    Which will come first, an axis tilt, Yellowstone blows, another meteor hits, or pick your poison? The two survivors will disagree on the cause

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