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Letter: Not in my backyard? Where will state get its electricity?


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Now that SB 489 is official, it needs to be physically implemented. In order to meet the clean energy requirements of the bill. A lot of industrial wind and solar farms with natural gas backup power generators and transmission lines have to be built at great expense all over our enchanted landscape.

These industrial wind and solar farms require a lot of building materials like cement, steel, resins, plastics, silicons and several finite rare earth minerals (from China). Also, land as far as you can see has to be acquired through leasing or purchase.

There has been an increasingly aggressive opposition by local communities and conservationists trying to preserve wildlife and scenic views on the lands these industrial-scale energy farms require.

In 2017, Iowa enacted a law that prohibits the use of eminent domain for high-voltage transmission lines. The move doomed a 500-mile, $2 billion high-voltage, direct-current transmission line that was going to carry wind-generated electricity from Iowa to eastern states.

This resistance is also happening in New Mexico with the SunZia project which will build two 1,500 megawatt high voltage lines running 520 miles from central New Mexico to carry wind generated electricity to western states.

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After 10 years, this project is still in the courts because it requires a lot of private land easements.

On the same note, oil and gas pipelines of all kinds also face staunch opposition from climate change activists. A key difference is that renewables require far more land above ground, 700 times more, to produce the same unit of energy.

Small nuclear reactors and micro-reactors have the smallest footprint on the environment with the greatest amount of clean energy output. They can be built underground near existing grid transfer substations and plugged into the local, regional or national grids. However, there is this misguided resistance to all things nuclear.

So, where is New Mexico actually going to get it’s electricity when all energy delivery systems are not desired in our backyards? No coal power, no nuclear power, no hydro power, no thermal power, no transmission lines, no biofuel, restricted gas and oil pipelines and restricted drilling with fracking.

SB 489 has all the answers.

Martin Kral

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