Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Who needs Excellence?

It is just amazing to me that the media and a majority of the business community do not see any advantage to showing leadership and vision in the Land of Enchantment.  All we hear about is that trying to achieve excellence in the fields of energy conservation and protection of the planet will do nothing but cost jobs.

Currently, the home builders are trying to get Albuquerque's forward looking energy efficient building codes eradicated.  Why?  Because it will add to the cost of housing.  The costs of housing have already dropped pretty dramatically due to the financial meltdown caused by, well housing and mortgages.

And then there is the Governor and her minions in the oil, gas and coal industry trying to take apart New Mexico's national leadership in climate change management.  After all, why would we want to keep our air clean, water clean and landscapes in pristine condition.  Oh, thats right, it might cause a drop in the fossil fuel industry profit levels.

It just wouldn't do to have us looked at as a progressive, smart, ready for the future state.  We will be happy just following the lemmings over the cliff.  That is the kind of leadership we have in New Mexico right now on the state and local levels.  Even some of our smart democratic congressional delegation still believes in tax subsidies for the oil and gas industry.  Makes one want to register and an independent.  But that would just cost the ability to vote in a primary.

P.S.   It has been two weeks since the New Mexico State University Foundation said they would get back to me on who is funding the Pete Domenici Institute on the school's campus.  The foundation is beginning to look like a money launderer if they fail to provide us with that information.  If it didn't involve state tax dollars in supporting the institute in it's studies then I would not care.  But it does.

1 comment:

Desert Dirt said...

I've been following your questioning of the Domenici Institute with interest. This kind of stuff goes on all the time with very little accountability or responsive action from those tasked with oversight. It always amazes me that the Rio Grande Foundation continues to hold their tax-exempt status considering they're almost entirely a political lobbying group. This goes directly against the purpose of a 501c3 exempted organization.