Bill Richardson was inaugurated for his second term and layed out some pretty impressive goals for New Mexico. This is the first in a 5-part series parsing his speech and the goals/themes he's layed out for future progress.
Our world is changing --a warming climate is a threat to our water, our livelihood, and our quality of life.
And while the federal government has done little on global warming, New Mexico has stepped forward to take the lead.
We became the first state to join the Chicago Climate Exchange and mandated some of the toughest goals in the nation to reduce our carbon emissions.
But, this threat also opens new opportunities.
New Mexico already leads the country as a clean energy state - and it's time to go further.
Now, we must move our economy from limited oil resources, to the unlimited resources of wind, biomass, geothermal and solar.
We can go from being an exporter of fossil fuels, to being an exporter of renewable energy.
We can and must build a whole new economy based on clean renewable energy.
1- Stepping into the void where the Federal government has failed sets him directly apart from the Senatorial Crew that are running for prez. Bill's done something and he's about to do more.
2 - By tying it into a regional strategy to become a mass-exporter of renewable energy is a clear and wonderful path for the state of New Mexico. Likely in the future, citizens of New Mexico will be gracious for such forward thinking leadership.