Las Cruces state Senator Bill Soules paints himself as a radical supporter of the environment. In 2021 Soules introduced a proposal to eliminate ALL nuclear energy, coal- or gas-fired energy production within New Mexico. He also tried to force the State to purchase 75% electric vehicles.
But Soules seems to set aside his environmental stance as long as the issue involves New Mexico’s Spaceport. Set aside the use of fossil fuels for Richard Branson to GET to space which involves the use of large quantities of CO2 emitting rocket fuel.
The folks attending Branson’s launch (and those likely to travel to isolated Upham, New Mexico for future launches) won’t travel by car, they’ll fly on private jets. According to a report from the UK, Private jets: can the super-rich supercharge zero emission aviation? a four-hour private flight emits as much as the average person does in a year.
See Sen. Soules’ post-launch Twitter post (with “glowing” commentary on the number of private jets) below:
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No surprise – reality has little to do with the pandering these leftists do for the science-impaired. Nuclear energy is, by far, the cleanest way to get cheap power but thanks to the efforts of the “tree huggers” (who themselves are taking money from the gas companies, who sell plenty of gas to the “renewable” industry and know nuclear plants don’t need them) to demonize nuclear power the idiot class imagines that wind and solar (both of which are hugely detrimental to the environment, and the latter killing tons of large birds to boot!) is ‘the answer’.
They are not.