Great Start for New Mexico Governor

by William Yeatman on January 9, 2011

After being sworn a week ago, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez’s (R) first order of business was to overturn outgoing Governor Bill Richardson’s (D) attempt to impose a cap-and-trade program. As the Cooler Heads Digest reported, then-Governor Richardson pushed an energy rationing scheme through the Environmental Improvement Board, without approval from the State Legislature, on the same day that voters elected Martinez, who had campaigned against cap-and-trade. On Saturday, Governor Martinez fired the entire EIB, and moved to block the cap-and-trade regulation. Last Friday, she chose former astronaut and climate change skeptic Harrison Schmitt to run the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. What a great start!

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