There seems to be little of substance coming out of the Susana Martinez transition so far. I bumped into Heather Wilson, transition chief, at the dentist office on Thursday and we exchanged niceties. I told her to wish the new Governor good luck.
I have a feeling the ones who are going to need good luck are the hardworking environmental and conservation groups in this state. Whether they deal in water issues, wildlife issues, landscape protection or climate change, I can pretty much assure you that after eight years of cooperation from the governor's office things are now going to get sticky. With oil that is. And all fossil fuel energy sources.
We should watch for some key appointments to see just how bad things are going to be. Who will head the Energy and Natural Resources department? How about the Environment department? Who might be general counsel for the governor? If any of them come from the lobbyists/lawyer ranks for the energy cartels then you can be pretty much assured that New Mexico's quality of life will go into the crapper in favor of climate change based profit. So watch these appointments carefully.
And my advice to the green groups is to lawyer up. It is the only hope. It is a strategy that actually worked well against the bush administration in many ways.