In case you missed it, the Albuquerque Chamber and several other legislators and business groups have stepped up and are suing to stop the Environmental Improvement Board from placing draconian and ill-advised caps on carbon emissions in New Mexico. More on those caps (and how to fight back) here. This is good news.
Also, the public comment period has now been scheduled for Santa Fe on March 1. The public comments session will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 1, at Rio Grande Room of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, Toney Anaya Building, 2550 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505. Comments may be limited to 3 minutes per speaker. Simply put, opponents cannot rely on the courts to stop this crazy train from heading down the tracks.
While I commend the Albuquerque Chamber for taking a stance on the issue, their statement that “if any caps are legislated, they should come at a federal level and be applied to all US businesses equally,” certainly isn’t as firm as it should be. After all, New Mexico businesses are not just competing with businesses in the other 49 states, but also with other nations. More importantly, a carbon cap is either good policy or its not, just come out and say it!
Another question on this is “where is ACI?” They are supposed to represent all New Mexico businesses, why isn’t the statewide chamber on this lawsuit?