New Mexico And The Climate Change Crisis

Us old farts destroyed the climate and the environment, forcing young people to suffer and toil harder than we did to survive, and yet some of our public servants deny young people the tools to survive and/or successfully meet the terrible harm we have caused and are causing them. The Idaho Republicans doing this to kids were paid less than $8,000 each on average by the petroleum industry to keep Idaho kids ignorant about what we have done and are doing to their future. I would not behave that way and do that to kids for hundreds of billions of dollars: there is no sum of money so vast that will induce me to harm even one person, let alone hundreds of millions.

Human-cause climate change is an existential threat to humans and most other forms of life [1] [2]. It is also a threat to civilization. The United States Pentagon and NATO have concluded [3] [4] that human-caused climate change is a "threat multiplier" when it comes to national security, and the world's geophysicists agree including the USA Geophysical Union [5]. Every USA president since Lyndon Johnson [6] [7] has stated the threat is real, including Mr. tRump [8] who called action on climate change "urgent." This conclusion has also been reached by every national and international geophysics institution, academy, and science organization [9]. The time span humanity has left to mitigate against and adapt to human-caused climate change to avoid significant civil and social disruption has been estimated to be less than thirty years [10]. Many USA governmental agencies are currently working to mitigate against and adapt to human-caused climate change including, but not limited to, the Department of Agriculture, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the International Trade Administration (ITA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Energy, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of the Interior, the Department of State (DOS), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of Transportation (DoT), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

It is important for New Mexico to join the efforts in adapting to human-caused climate change. This is mandatory [12] [13] [14]; this is not optional [15].

To protect human life and health of New Mexico residents, and other species, achieving the following goals are required.

  • Make the state's roadways and streets more robust to withstand the increase in extreme weather events.
  • Enforce "defensive space" for fire suppression in and around public and private properties where there are human-occupied buildings and structures.
  • Increase water for agriculture to the southern part of New Mexico.
  • Identify with USGS and the Army Corps of Engineers possible new reservoir locations.
  • Complete construction of at least two new reservoirs by year 2035.
  • Build a widely distributed power grid with photovoltaic panels on roof tops and private land.
  • Meet all new electricity demands with solar by year 2026.
  • Meet all electricity demand in New Mexico by year 2040 with solar, wind, geothermal, and hydroelectric energy sources.
  • Plant many tens of thousands of piñon pine trees above 7,100 feet above mean sea level.
  • Expand and protect the commons.
Some of the above goals will save the state money; most will be major expenses. Please see my page about how to pay for all of this. All of these are short-term goals (less than 40 years): if the quality of life in New Mexico is to increase, the following additional goals must be met:
  • Protect a significant proportion of the state’s terrestrial, marine, freshwater, and aerial habitats;
  • Halt the conversion of forests, grasslands, and other native habitats;
  • Restore native plant communities at large scales, particularly forest landscapes;
  • Restore native species, especially apex predators, to the environment;
  • End poaching;
  • Reduce food waste through education and better infrastructure;
  • Promote a dietary shift towards mostly plant-based foods;
  • Reducing fertility rates by ensuring that women and men have access to education and family-planning services, especially where such resources are still lacking;
  • Increase outdoor nature education for adults and children, as well as the overall engagement of society in the appreciation of nature;
  • Phase out subsidies to energy production through fossil fuels;
  • Revising the economy to reduce wealth inequality and ensure that prices, taxation, and incentive systems take into account the real costs which consumption patterns impose on our environment;
  • Estimate a scientifically defensible human population size in New Mexico for long term sustainability.
It is understood by me that most residents of New Mexico will find some of these goals odorous; however, each one of these goals is necessary to achieve in the long term.

[1] New Climate Risk Classification Created to Account for Potential Existential Threats 2018-Jan-15
[2] Effects of global warming 2018-Jan-15
[3] Congressional Report on National Implications of Climate Change 2018-Jan-15
[4] NATO joins the Pentagon in deeming climate change a threat multiplier 2018-Jan-15
[5] American Geophysical Union Releases Revised Position Statement on Climate Change 2018-Jan-15
[6] Special Message to the Congress on Conservation and Restoration of Natural Beauty 2018-Jan-15
[7] 50 Years After First Warning To A U.S. President On Climate Change, Communication Challenges Remain 2018-Jan-15
[8] Donald Trump once backed urgent climate action. 2018-Jan-15
[9] List of More than 650 Science Organizations Stating Agreement with Consensus 2018-Jan-15
[10] The Window Is Closing to Avoid Dangerous Global Warming 2018-Jan-15
[11] U.S. Climate Extremes Index 2018-Jan-15
[12] Climate Change in New Mexico 2018-Jan-15
[13] Global Warming Impacts for New Mexico 2018-Jan-15
[14] PDF | Global Warming Impacts for New Mexico 2018-Jan-15
[15] Science Under Attack in New Mexico Public Schools 2018-Jan-15

New Mexico Climate Change, median temperature
New Mexico Annual Median Temperature

New Mexico Climate Change, average temperature
New Mexico Temperature, With Trend

New Mexico Climate Change, average precipitation
New Mexico Rain, With Trend

New Mexico Climate Change, extreme weather
USA Southwest Maximum Temperature Extremes