Left-wing environmentalists like recent Albuquerque Journal columnist Edward Mazria love government regulations. In this case, the author is calling for more restrictive energy efficiency regulations on buildings.
As usual, he argues that 1) rather than costing money (or at least acknowledging that regulations have trade-offs), the preferred regulations have nothing but economic benefits; 2) Unstated, but implicit is the assumption that customers and consumers are too ignorant and uninformed to demand greater energy efficiency on their own 3) The regulations will save the world from the dire threat of global warming.
Simply put, Mazria fails to answer or even address any of these issues and instead simply asserts the need to use government force to demand that the rest of us simply fall in line with his personal preferences. Rather than falling victim to his scare tactics, New Mexicans should return to the old building code regulations and, if they prefer greater energy efficiency, the market will fulfill that wish.