CRITICAL WIPP Meeting April 4th6:30-8:30pm Santa Fe Convention Center 201 W Marcy St Santa Fe, NM 87501
The DOE and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) are breaking the agreement made with the people of New Mexico concerning operation of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) east of Carlsbad, NM. The agreement was a covenant that the facility would begin to close down in 2024, and there would only be a specific amount to transuranic (TRU) waste deposited there. New Mexico agreed to accept WIPP so that legacy waste could be disposed of. Now NNSA & DOE want to deposit NEWLY generated waste from pit production in NM and SC.
Two top NNSA executives have agreed to attend a meeting facilitated by Santa Fe County Commissioner Anna Hansen. It will be Tuesday, April 4th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. This is the public’s first and last opportunity to address NNSA and DOE leadership specifically on the WIPP prior to NMED’s issuance of a 10-year operational permit which will be issued by NMED in 2023. It may last past 8:30pm.
The precise format of the meeting hasn’t been announced, BUT it is critical there be a VERY LARGE TURNOUT to show these officials the people of New Mexico do NOT want the facility expanded in terms of volume or time it is open.
My name is Lora Lucero and I’m a member of the Progressive Democrats of America – Central New Mexico chapter. Yesterday we met to discuss PRC’s rehearing of this proposed merger. I’m speaking on behalf of PDA.
Regardless of what anyone thinks about the merits of this proposed merger, this second bite at the apple stinks. It’s no secret that Governor Lujan supports this merger and recently appointed new PRC members. The previous elected PRC members made a decision following an extensive public process in which all parties and the public participated. Anyone not satisfied with that decision-making process has a judicial process available to air any grievances. To short-circuit the judicial process and return to the PRC, where the only change that has occurred is a change in the membership of the PRC ….. STINKS and violates any basic notion of fairness, the rule of law and due process. The decision of the previous PRC members must be respected.
Whether or not any of you have expressed an opinion about this merger, the timing of this rehearing and reconsideration has the appearance of favoritism and taints the credibility of the PRC moving forward. We urge you to reject this proposal to place the proposed merger back in your laps.
The oil and gas industry knows its days are numbered.
The undeniable scientific consensus is that rapid fossil fuel phase-out and roll-out of renewable energies alongside energy efficiency measures are urgently required to avoid irreversible damage. Whatever oil and gas reserves remain underground must stay underground to preserve a livable planet for our children’s future.
Between 2016 and 2021, Wells Fargo provided $272 billion in lending and underwriting to the fossil fuel industry, third among global banks. Its fossil financing increased $20 billion from 2020 to 2021, the most of any global bank. Wells Fargo was also the world’s biggest banker of fracking in 2021.
In 2022, shareholders of Wells Fargo Bank tried to change that by introducing resolutions that proposed, by the end of this year, the bank adopt “proactive measures to ensure that the company’s lending and underwriting do not contribute to new fossil fuel supplies.” Although the bank has been making grand announcements about setting targets to reduce its lending to fossil fuel companies, in line with the Net Zero Banking Alliance, it’s mere greenwashing. Wells Fargo Bank fought the shareholder resolutions tooth and nail.
On March 21, PDA-CNM and 350NM organized an action in front of Wells Fargo in downtown Albuquerque, in concert with nearly 100 other actions nationwide organized by The Third Act, Bill McKibben’s new climate group targeted towards activists 60 years and older. Despite the rain, 20 people showed up and grabbed the attention of passersby with signs focused on the message Stop Dirty Banks! Our message for Wells Fargo Bank — Stop funding our planet’s destruction. If you won’t shift your business towards life-affirming investments, like the solar and wind renewable energy sector, we will cut up your credit cards and move our money to responsible financial institutions. Ward McCartney from 350NM used his gigantic scissors to symbolically cut up a huge credit card. The Raging Grannies sang songs especially tailored for the occasion, such as Which Side Are You On (life on earth or profits?) and The Climate, It Is A-Changing. Check out ThirdAct.org to get involved in future climate actions.