Friday, March 13, 2009

Time to Lead New Mexico!

This letter to the editor appeared in The Albuquerque Journal (3.10) and Santa Fe New Mexican (3.13).


The sheer magnitude of the current economic vertigo, which is but a symptom of a much deeper structural energy and resource crisis, makes it mandatory for President Obama to validate, announce, organize, and deliver a big, fast, and equitable renewable energy “Manhattan Project in Reverse”.

We cannot keep treating every idea, suggested direction, pet patent, or special interest as equivalent.

Only solar-thermal and geothermal energy satisfy the requisite moral horizon as primary, clean, safe, and permanent sources.

New Mexico has these resources in abundance, along with three “diamonds in the desert”: LANL, Sandia, and Santa Fe Institute.

SJM 33, introduced by Senator Carlos Cisneros & Co-sponsored by Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, unapologetically presents New Mexico’s case and requests a minimal Federal down payment of $21 billion, and assign the headquarters of an urgently needed National Renewable Energy Administration to a city in New Mexico.

It is our time to lead, New Mexico!

- Matthew Ellis

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