New Mexico Shocked by “Biden Assault On Oil And Gas”

Guest “I feel shocked” by Pepper Brooks David Middleton

Jan 24, 2021
New Mexico Officials Taken Aback By Biden Assault On Oil And Gas
David Blackmon
Senior Contributor

Officials in the state of New Mexico professed to be taken aback last week by President Joe Biden’s day-one decision to impose a 60-day moratorium on all oil and gas-related leasing and permitting actions on federal lands. It is a decision that will have major ramifications on the state budgets of New Mexico and other Western states, especially if it is extended beyond its initial term and backed up by Biden’s promised ban on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands.

A little more than 2 years ago, in September, 2018, I wrote about the half-billion dollar windfall the State of New Mexico had just received during the course of a single sale of oil and gas leases on federal lands in the state. Those federal leases lie in the segment of the Permian Basin that spills over from Texas into the southeastern portion of New Mexico, part of the Delaware Basin play area that has become the hottest oil play in North America since 2016.

Like other oil and gas-producing western states, vast swaths of lands in New Mexico are owned by the federal government…


Some New Mexico officials are now trying to defend themselves by saying they didn’t anticipate the new President would issue such a ban, but such protests ring rather hollow given that they most assuredly did understand that Biden plans to move ahead with his fracking ban, which would for all intents and purposes have the same effect.


[T]he reality is that [New Mexico’s Democratic Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham] and her administration can strive to “diversify” the state’s energy portfolio all they want, but the state will still lose hundreds of millions of dollars every year should the Biden administration succeed in shutting down her state’s oil and gas business.

To be clear: Neither the state nor the federal government collects any royalties on solar installations or wind farms. There is no severance tax to be collected from those alternative forms of energy with which to fund the state’s schools or hospitals, or to sustain the free in-state college tuition program Lujan herself established in 2019 thanks to New Mexico’s new Permian/Delaware Basin windfall.


These are just some of the actual potential costs of the Biden assault on the New Mexico oil industry. They are the things that happen in the real world, as opposed to the fantasies pushed by many politicians.


Elections have consequences. For New Mexico, the consequences of the 2020 election are only now starting to be understood.


“Elections have consequences”…

New Mexico’s hockey stick is very real.

New Mexico’s oil and gas production comes from the Permian and San Juan Basins (mostly Federal leases).

New Mexico Oil Conservation Division

Unlike neighboring Texas, most of New Mexico’s oil & gas production and resources are on Federal leases.

U.S. BLM lands map of New Mexico. U.S. BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Apparently unbeknownst to most New Mexico votes, oil & gas are vital parts of their economy.

How does the state benefit from oil and gas production?

Oil and gas development is a key part of New Mexico’s economy. In fiscal year (FY) 2013, the oil and gas industry provided 31.5% of New Mexico’s General Fund, which in turn funds schools, hospitals, and other government services. This is a conservative estimate, as it doesn’t include induced or secondary revenue generation. Early data suggests oil and gas’s contribution to the General Fund in FY 2014 may be as high as 38%. Oil and gas is directly responsible for 86% of the Severance Tax Permanent Fund and 96.6% of the Land Grant Permanent Fund. In FY 2014 the New Mexico State Land Office reported a record $726 million in revenue from oil and gas royalties alone for the state’s public schools, universities, and hospitals.

In addition, the oil and gas industry is an important employer in New Mexico. It is estimated that in 2012 9% of all employment in New Mexico, or 68,800 jobs, were directly or indirectly related to the oil and gas industry. In oil-producing counties such as Eddy County, the July 2014 unemployment rate was 4.0%, compared to the state average of 6.9%. Lea and Eddy Counties also had the second and third highest wages by county in 2013, with an average annual salary of $50,200, compared to the state average of $40,600.

While oil and gas production revenue is primarily generated in the southeastern and northwestern regions of the state, the revenue from oil and gas production benefits all reaches of New Mexico through General Fund disbursements, capital funding projects, gross receipts taxes, and ad valorem taxes that go to counties.

New Mexico Oil Conservation Division
New Mexico Oil Conservation Division

How will the state of New Mexico deal with the Biden assault on their economy? In typical Democrat fashion:

Governor Lujan Grisham Would Seek Fracking Ban Waiver If Warren or Sanders Elected

IPANM, Reuters & (Nov. 1, 2019) – While IPANM would have serious concerns if a newly-elected President would seek a nationwide fracking ban, we are encouraged that New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham recognizes the importance of fracking to sustain the state economy. The linked article below contains the following quotes from Gov. Lujan Grisham.

“Without the energy effort in this state, no one gets to make education the top priority,” said New Mexico Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in Santa Fe on October 8. If Trump loses next year’s election, she said in a later interview, she would request the Democratic president provide her state a waiver exempting it from any drilling ban “to allow us to continue to produce in New Mexico.”

Meanwhile, reports that due to threats of a federal fracking ban with a new president, oil companies are responding by accelerating fracking in SouthEast New Mexico.

Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico

Did she really think Biden would be any better than Fauxcahontas or Comrade Bernie?

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Phil Rae
January 27, 2021 2:19 am

What kind of parallel universe do these people inhabit. With a full-throated endorsement of the left’s war on hydrocarbons and support for the dumb Paris accord and the bogus “climate emergency” did anybody really expect Sleepy Joe and his team of Eco-nuts to do anything else!

As predicted…….no surprises! What goes around, comes around……

Reply to  Phil Rae
January 27, 2021 3:44 am

The only predictions projections that are accurate in climate scientology

Reply to  Phil Rae
January 27, 2021 6:58 am

Welcome to another dimension, Phil Rae… a dimension not only of sight, but of sound and sheer idiocy. This is the dimension beyond the Twilight Zone. Welcome to Their World. 🙂

Reply to  Phil Rae
January 27, 2021 7:13 am

Exactly — don’t know how they could be “shocked” by this. It was all stated long & often beforehand by Bidiot and his Demorat handlers.

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Reply to  beng135
January 27, 2021 1:52 pm

Plus, stated earlier by what might have been deepstate Al Gore-believing infiltrators inside of the largest electricity provider there, the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM). As I reported in my old 2014 RedState article about the mostly fruitless effort to ask companies like PNM why they were bailing out of the U.S. Chamber of commerce as the result of that association’s questioning of CAGW, I asked PNM what their official position was on the late Dr S Fred Singer’s NIPCC reports, to which the spokeswoman rather unabashedly replied,

We are familiar with Dr. S. Fred Singer, Dr. Frederick Seitz and also the Non-Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change … Climate scientists from NASA, Stanford University and Princeton who were contacted by ABC News dismissed the NIPCC report as “fabricated nonsense.”

Bill Powell
Reply to  beng135
January 28, 2021 1:14 pm

I have come to the conclusion that leftists either don’t listen to or care what their leaders say, I am convinced that their only requirement of their leaders is that they support the left. They don’t listen to reason, logic or reality. As someone once said, the left is like concrete, all mixed-up and permanently set.

Reply to  Phil Rae
January 27, 2021 7:14 am

I believe that Biden received millions of fraudulent votes. I also believe that if Biden is elected, the Republicans will never win again – the electoral “fix” will be in forever.

To me, this is the end of freedom – Biden is the Manchurian Candidate, owned by the Chinese Communist Party.

Gary Pearse
January 27, 2021 3:25 pm

Alan, you realize it’s the end of freedom everywhere if the US goes down this way. Biden will make Puerto Rico and DC democrat states with their electoral votes (what made a saner US take P Rico into the fold anyway!!).

Actually, I’m a bit more optimistic. Of course that assumes a lot. After 4 years of the Biden carnage, the DC swamp GOP will be toast. New blood will come forward to reap the Trump windfall of 75million voters (and growing) who were cheated. A wake up call for voters who vote for RINOS and even Democrat business people who are suffering under California, Washington State, New York, etc. néomarxiste governments will abandon the party. Newsom may soon be toast and the governors of the “Summer of Love” states will be gone.

Putting forward and electing a heavily medicated dementia patient for President itself will cause thinking Democrats to look in the mirror.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
January 27, 2021 7:51 pm

I hope you are correct Gary. I am very concerned because the Dems told every lie and played every dirty trick to defeat Trump – and they got away with it. Biden did not even campaign, and the crowds at his rallies could not fill a minivan.
The Dems were confident they would win with the “big fix”, and they did! Given their strong political position for the next two years, they will further improve their ability to steal the vote.
Regarding the future, if America falls, then freedom is over, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are already far down that “poverty and dictatorship” road to Venezuela. My last hope was for Trump to win and pull the rest back from the abyss.
Here is how far Canada has fallen.
By Andrew Lawton -January 25, 2021
There are two highly influential Canadians on the WEF’s Board of Trustees. Mark Carney was a former Governor of the Bank of Canada and Chrystia Freeland is both Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in the Trudeau II government.

Prime Minister Trudeau never campaigned on the “Great Reset”- Marxist dictators don’t show their hand before they seize control.

Reply to  Phil Rae
January 27, 2021 8:30 am

Blinded by TDS

William Haas
January 27, 2021 2:32 am

All of the Democrat Party candidates wanted to sacrifice the economy in the name of “fighting climate change”. So what did you expect? None of them had a plan for improving the economy for working class Americans as traditional Democrat Party candidates have had in the past. Did not anyone actually listen to them at the debates?

Reply to  William Haas
January 27, 2021 3:34 am

They’re Leftists, they have no plan to improve the economy because they want to slow the economy. They hate Capitalism, they want to control it’s lifeblood which is affordable energy. Prosperity is their enemy. If people are prosperous, they become independant.

Prosperity is the enemy of the Left.

Reply to  Klem
January 27, 2021 3:45 am

except their own

patrick healy
Reply to  Klem
January 27, 2021 6:34 am

A wee history lesson
“First we will take Eastern Europe, then the masses of Asia. We will
encircle the last bastion of capitalism, the United States of America. We will not need to fight. It will fall like a ripe fruit into our hands”
Vladimir Lenin 1923
I like the ripe fruit bit. It reminds me of a ripe banana, which is what you get in the Banana Republic of Joebama.

My heart bleeds for America as you were our last hope for Christianity.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  patrick healy
January 27, 2021 9:17 am

Khrushchev: “We will take America without firing a shot. We do not have to invade the U.S. We will destroy you from within”

It’s happening today. First a welfare state insuring dependency. Then Fascism – control of business and capital by the state. Followed by Socialism – govt ownership (think health care, health insurance, and energy) of business and capital.

Bit by bit we are being destroyed from within. Khrushchev was prophet.

Reply to  Tim Gorman
January 27, 2021 2:32 pm

And Stalin was keen on who counted the votes – not who voted for who……and Goebbels simply wanted all “media” to be under his propaganda ministry…..Joey Biden will count the votes and the “media” will say Joey is a good boy…..just tryin’ to “hep” you…..what a wonderful world it will be under Joey.

Tombstone Gabby
Reply to  Anti_griff
January 27, 2021 7:09 pm

Joey? Wasn’t that the name of the youngster in the cockpit in the movie “Airplane”?

George Tetley
Reply to  William Haas
January 27, 2021 3:46 am

In schools in America HISTORY is Verboten, it is obvious that it was not a Democrat that named GREENLAND

Reply to  George Tetley
January 27, 2021 8:23 am

No it was an early Republican: Erik was lying to sell real estate

Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 8:52 am

Stupid comment, griff. Erik the Red led the first expedition to Greenland in 985 AD. As many as 3,000 Viking settlers lived on Greenland for over 400 years, that’s dozens of generations. They survived until the Little Ice Age made Greenland too cold to survive on. You can still see the remnants of the Viking’s stone churches today. Settlers wouldn’t have been able to build the society that they did if the climate at that time was as cold as it was during the LIA. Why do you brainwashed nuts think you can rewrite history?

Reply to  Meab
January 27, 2021 4:33 pm

They’ve been re-writing history quite successfully for decades. Why shouldn’t they expect that they could continue to get away with it?

Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 8:53 am

So none of it was ever green? They survived for more than 400 years on ice? Riiiight.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
January 27, 2021 9:21 am

Griff has claimed in the past that you couldn’t grow grass on Greenland at that time so they couldn’t have had cattle, horses, or sheep – i.e. no meat supplies. Yet we know that they *did*.

Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 10:54 am

Science says griff is a LIAR !!!

Greenland had less ice are during the MWP than now.

And in fact for most of the last8000+ years

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Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 4:32 pm

The problem is, at the time of the vikings, it wasn’t a lie.

Beyond that, you really seem stuck on this belief that anything that you disagree with must be a lie.

Reply to  William Haas
January 27, 2021 7:33 am

Elizabeth “Faux-cohontas” Warren actually made statements in the debate about wanting to do policies that would build jobs. They overlapped with Trump policies. During the debates, I was saying “she stole that from Trump. Why don’t we just keep Trump?”
One was: Government when possible should “buy American.”

at the same time, she was into green energy jobs, higher taxes on those who create jobs so they shift jobs overseas, and other anti-jobs ideas.

Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
January 27, 2021 8:54 am

Government shouldn’t be creating jobs. They should create conditions that are conducive to job creation by businesses.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
January 27, 2021 9:23 am

Government *can’t* create jobs, other than more bureaucratic jobs. We already live under the rule of an unelected, unaccountable Bureaucratic Hegemony.

Tombstone Gabby
Reply to  Tim Gorman
January 27, 2021 7:12 pm

Speaking of jobs:

“When the president speaks of “new green energy economies” creating “countless well-paying jobs,” perhaps they really are countless, meaning incapable of being counted.”

From: Tilting at Green Windmills, By George Will, Washington Post, June 25, 2009

Note the year.

January 27, 2021 2:54 am

I Can’t Believe It.
Their socialist experiment’s begun in U.S.A.,
“Well, I warned you” and “I told you so”, that’s what Trump will say.
The media and big tech, combined to orchestrate this plot,
For Hunter Biden’s laptop, is a scandal with the lot.
You’ve not heard of it? Well, that’s reporting by omission.
M.S.M. and big tech, engaged in outright sedition.
Did everything they could, to stop the scandal being heard,
And sadly, at the present time, theirs is the final word.
What about Donald Trumps first amendment right to free speech,
The M.S.M. and big tech, should practice what they preach.
The “Dem’s” have Guiliani, their intention is to sue,
This could be a big mistake, so let’s see what they do.
The weight of affidavits and the evidence is broad,
Needing only courtrooms glare, to fully expose this fraud.
Time between election and inauguration, is short,
No chance to air the evidence, this travesty to thwart.
Nancy pursues citizen Trump, her power is abused,
Democracy spirals down; “The R and D words”, are used.
It’s time for me to make a somewhat urgent appeal,
Stop this runaway freight train, a tribe of monkeys at the wheel.
Cold Comfort.

sky king
January 27, 2021 3:00 am

Get it good and hard NM. You deserve it.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  sky king
January 27, 2021 5:49 am

That’s kinda how everything works.
Meanwhile, Venezuelan and Russian oil interests would like to thank New Mexico voters.

old engineer
Reply to  sky king
January 27, 2021 3:10 pm

No, New Mexico does not deserve it. Sixty years ago, when I was a student at the Univ. of New Mexico, the state was dirt poor. One of the counties in northern New Mexico had the lowest per capita income in the U.S. New Mexico is still the second poorest state in the country. In the 60’s an unofficial state song had a verse that went:

“We can’t raise corn, we can’t raise hay, but we’re too damn poor to move away.” And there was a lot of truth to that.

Well, I suppose you could say that people deserve what they vote for. But when you look at the county-by county voting pattern for New Mexico, you see that it was just like the rest of the country: the urban areas (Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe) all went for Biden, the rural areas mostly for Trump. The oil patch in southeastern New Mexico certainly voted for Trump.

So yes, I guess the woke academics at the Univ. of New Mexico and New Mexico State Univ. got what they deserved, but not the rest of the people of the state.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  old engineer
January 27, 2021 4:09 pm

The urban elites of today are cutting their own throats. Those of us out in rural America don’t need them but they sure need us. At some point the rubber is going to hit the road. You already hear the urban elites whining about food deserts in the cities. Just wait till the farmers can’t produce the food because of fuel costs and the truckers can’t haul into the cities because of the fuel costs! Think France and the strikes there about energy costs over the past few years! Think yellow shirts.

January 27, 2021 3:16 am

What the hell did they expect?! He did what he said he was going to do. And New Mexico voted for it.

January 27, 2021 3:18 am

Leftists are stupid and you can’t fix stupid.

Leftists don’t have any idea of the unintended consequences their stupid policies cause, and when millions of jobs are lost, these sanctimonious jerks tell these hardworking Americans to, “learn how to code.”…

Hopefully, Americans will eventually learn how to vote, as Biden won New Mexico by a 10% margin…

”You get the government you deserve, and you get it hard…”

Reply to  SAMURAI
January 27, 2021 4:25 am

I think I read somewhere 97% of psychologists believe living in enchantment causes loss of logical thinking.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Ghowe
January 27, 2021 5:40 am

I don’t think it’s living in enchantment that causes the loss off logical thinking; it’s believing all the drivel spewed by politicians and other professional liars, like media talking heads!
Of course, a diet low in pork, beef, buffalo, elk and antelope would be a major contributing factor; but most of my neighbors here in the Land of Enchantment are hunters or ranchers or both, that’s why they didn’t vote for the Illegitimate Xiden! They have common sense and are used to dealing with reality; even enchanted reality!
New Mexico has been run by DemoKKKrats for generations,so you can hardly blame the poor, mis-educated people for not knowing schist from shinola! If you took out Albuquerque, Sante Fe and Las Cruces we would be a solidly red state!
Look out, Texas! High tech soy boys are fleeing Commifornia in droves for the freedom and economic opportunities around your state. You might want to institute a ten year ban on voting for new residents or you’re likely to end up with a bad case of the DemoKKKratic Voter Fraud Blues!

Abolition Man
Reply to  SAMURAI
January 27, 2021 5:10 am

Not all leftists are stupid; some are just highly ignorant and a growing portion are insane!

Whether Americans eventually learn how to vote is definitely up in the air now; as the DemoKKKrats, with a little help from the Big Tech Nazis and the ChiComs, are trying to do away with the outdated concept of in-person voting! It seems the HR-1 has a provision to allow voters to print out their own mail-in ballots at home! What could possibly go wrong with that!

I’m beginning to understand Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride! In that he set out to avenge his brothers; Republican lawmen who been crippled or killed by their criminal, Democrat opponents: the Cowboys. It seems that you can’t get the crime out of the candidate as we have just had our MOST CORRUPT president ever installed; Beijing Joe Xiden!

Reply to  SAMURAI
January 27, 2021 7:06 am

I don’t think a lot of them are “stupid”. I think a lot of them have personalities that are “romantic”. And, are vulnerable to becoming “ideologically possessed”.

Reply to  SAMURAI
January 27, 2021 7:19 am

Hopefully, Americans will eventually learn how to vote

Won’t matter. The entire US election system has been usurped & rigged.

Reply to  beng135
January 27, 2021 9:14 am

Unfortunately you are correct. The leftists now have control of the Democrat Party, the Main Stream News Media, big tech, Hollywood, television, movies, the universities, the $billionaires, all other components of the deep state, and the anti-American GOP. i.e. Mitch McConnell, Romney, Collins, That unspellable Alaskan, the Supreme Court, and the lesser courts. By the end of the Biden Administration they will (thanks to Obama) also have control of the military. Add to that a permanently rigged election apparatus, and the USA is about to step off the cliff into Communism.

And New Mexico is worried about their oil money?

Reply to  SAMURAI
January 27, 2021 8:56 am

these sanctimonious jerks tell these hardworking Americans to, “learn how to code.”…”

Right, because the world doesn’t have enough Candy Crush clones.

Mike Dubrasich
Reply to  SAMURAI
January 27, 2021 3:52 pm

It’s easy to call Lujan Grisham and her ilk stupid, and perhaps they are. You’d have to be pretty stupid to destroy your state’s economy for the non-guaranteed promise of one-millionth of a degree in global cooling.

They also lose out on all that graft. If any motive matches their stupidity, it’s greed, but now they’ve beheaded their own corruption golden goose. That’s gotta hurt.

But sadly those motives play second fiddle to the Leftists Prime Directive, which is to inflict as much suffering as they can. The Dims are a party of sadists. They love to hate, and they hate no one more than their fellow citizens. If a Leftist can gin up an irrational reason for causing pain, impoverishment, enslavement, deprivation, and/or suffering of any kind to the widest swath of the population, they will, in spades, with no regrets. Like the maddened hordes of plunderers and ravagers throughout history, they seek to write on shattered walls cruel epitaphs with their victims’ blood.

Reply to  Mike Dubrasich
January 27, 2021 9:28 pm

Um, ok. But what about……………☺️
That’s a heck of a rant there, MD. “Hordes of plunders…” eh? Maybe a little over the top, but if I had the ability to think up that rant and get it written so concisely, that would be a full day for me!
Wilson was probably the first “elite progressive”/leftist leader in the U.S. and I don’t think his intentions were those in your last paragraph. More likely “good intentions can lead to perdition”, or something like that.

January 27, 2021 3:48 am

Stealing elections has consequences.

There, fixed it for ya…

January 27, 2021 4:02 am

Why can’t New Mexico do a Venezuela: nationalize all the wells with minimum compensation.

Reply to  Brian BAKER
January 27, 2021 4:06 am

The very same crowd in D.C that put in Venezuela pseudo-pres. Guaido, just overturned a US election.
Even the EU (hardly a bastion of truth) dis-recognized Guaido this week.

How does it feel getting a taste of regime-change?

Juan Slayton
Reply to  bonbon
January 27, 2021 6:54 am

“Even the EU…dis-recognized Guaido this week.”

Better check your facts, bonbon.

Reply to  David Middleton
January 27, 2021 7:31 am

Not time yet.

Reply to  David Middleton
January 27, 2021 8:40 am

I think technically this should be considered federalizing national property.

January 27, 2021 4:45 am

Voting for Biden is getting Biden.
Why wonder ?? 😀

Reply to  Krishna Gans
January 27, 2021 5:13 am

He literally has a crack team on it.

Reply to  Krishna Gans
January 27, 2021 9:43 am

Voting for Biden is actually getting Prince Charles.
See below for the full title.
The US is practically back in the Commonwealth.
Odd that the EU lost the UK, or did it?

January 27, 2021 5:22 am

“Without the energy effort in this state, no one gets to make education the top priority,” said New Mexico Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in Santa Fe on October 8. If Trump loses next year’s election, she said in a later interview, she would request the Democratic president provide her state a waiver exempting it from any drilling ban “to allow us to continue to produce in New Mexico.”

Perhaps you could convince your mates to impeach him for leading you astray dearie?

Reply to  observa
January 27, 2021 9:01 am

SOMEONE needs to ask the Governor Grisham for a copy of all correspondence related to her waiver request.

There can’t be room up her ass for all of the new media in New Mexico. There has got to be one or two independent type reporters running around somewherrrre….

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  observa
January 27, 2021 9:18 am

It speaks to the mentality of Democrats that the NM governor thought that she could ask for, and receive, special treatment from from Biden. Of course, if she received special dispensation, then other states would ask for it. Where would that leave Biden and his great plan? Stupid is as stupid does!

January 27, 2021 5:34 am

Yet more evidence that Americans were censored, deceived and manipulated by the big tech parasites.

January 27, 2021 5:57 am

When Biden said he would put restrictions on the oil and gas industry, and Trump asked “Are you listening, Texas?”, apparently no one was listening. I am shocked, shocked.

Richard Page
Reply to  starzmom
January 27, 2021 6:34 am

Ah but of course New Mexico didn’t think it applied to them, or just didn’t think at all.

Reply to  Richard Page
January 27, 2021 9:02 am

Dim gov indicated to her State that they could get a waiver for her State.

She lied/misled as well.

January 27, 2021 5:57 am

I ain’t cryin for New Mexico, they are getting exactly what they voted for.

The poor Indians also voted for Biden and will soon be poorer. The Feds oversee oil and gas operations on their reservation lands. Maybe they can open some more casinos to offset the revenue loss.

Reply to  RelPerm
January 27, 2021 7:14 am

A lot of people are going to be deciding between the casino, … and food.

January 27, 2021 6:10 am

When a Conservative Government with a solid majority in Parliament in the UK announces plans to ban the use of coal for home heating you know how little hope we have of turning this around. We also know there will be “excess deaths” among the poor and elderly as the climate returns to it’s 92% natural state in the northern hemisphere. COLD.

Reply to  sendergreen
January 27, 2021 7:33 am

In Europe, anyone who isn’t a full blown communist is considered conservative.

Reply to  MarkW
January 27, 2021 8:25 am

The Democrats are to the right of most European parties…

Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 9:35 am

Not for Griff, as it doesn’t care….

The dimocrats here are right of most European parties in word only.

If It weren’t for the anchor/base of the rest of the country (and a two party system) they (the dims) would be trotting over to commie fantasy land, with pitchforks in hand, demanding that all property and stuff be utilized “fairly” (meaning more benefit to them and their leach cohorts).

A benefit of the two party system is that there is an inertia that generally keeps the swing from being so great that those in governing charge won’t fly off so far that they try to ban something as important as winter heating.

In their hypocritical personal views & their varying moral standards, the left here is just as disgusting as the left there.

Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 4:39 pm

That may have been true for classic Democrats, however those who run the Democrat party these days would put many of the leftists in Europe to shame.

BTW, there are no right wing parties in Europe, just differing shades of communism.

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Gary Pearse
Reply to  sendergreen
January 27, 2021 6:02 pm

In the UK, the trick was to make all the parties the same – néomarxistes. Their names are just a trademark. Its like voting for Bodingtons or Newcastle Brown. Cameron tufted and glazed the country with windmills and solar panels to a greater extent and closed down major industries more than all the other brands.

I have family who support the “left” and I argue with them that the party they think they are voting for is no longer. Their party used to consider their constituency the working class and poor, but now they’ve outsourced their constituency to a Eurocentric global elite party in Davos.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
January 28, 2021 7:14 am

Democrat politicians, leaders, and influencers have undoubtedly moved farther left, but the average Dem voter refuses to accept that they party is any different.

I know of one who, when told about some of Biden’s more insane measures, said with confidence “That won’t happen. Someone with a little sense will step in and stop it”, refusing to understand that this IS the party today.

January 27, 2021 6:14 am

Biden’s climate plans are energizing national security problems. Emulating California’s energy mistakes will weaken America as the country will be increasing its demands from foreign countries for crude oil supplies and for the materials needed to support the electrification of America. Published Jan 26, 2020 at CFACT

Summary: Biden’s climate plan may be energizing national security problems with his efforts toward discouraging U.S. energy independence and place the country’s reliance, like California has done, on foreign countries for America’s energy needs. And, as he moves to electrify virtually everything, America’s needs for the exotic minerals and metals that China controls, to support wind, solar, and EV battery construction, will have America beholden to China and other developing countries for our “clean” energy supplies.

January 27, 2021 6:20 am

I was not aware of these subsidies to wind and solar.

“To be clear: Neither the state nor the federal government collects any royalties on solar installations or wind farms. There is no severance tax to be collected from those alternative forms of energy.”

Reply to  mkelly
January 27, 2021 7:36 am

Today Biden issued an executive order instructing all government agencies to find and eliminate all “subsidies” given to the oil and gas industry.
Of course most progressives consider anything less than complete confiscation to be a subsidy. After all, in their world view, everything belongs to “society”.

January 27, 2021 6:22 am

The secretary of agriculture mandated doubling of New Mexico pinto bean production to offset natural gas loss with bio gas increase.


Peta of Newark
January 27, 2021 6:29 am

Not looking good.
I went to ‘chelle’s State of the State and really rather wish I hadn’t

Quote: (her preamble about Covid)
“”When you have lost a sister, or a husband – you might get angry, you might feel helpless, you might ask any power that may be listening to change it, undo it, deal a new set of cards.

a) Folks who fixate on grief like that need help, because they are seriously & badly depressed.
Yes certainly grieve, it is a very important part of the the Dying Business after all , but then, Move On, after the funeral, the Reverend’s kind words, the finger buffet, the wake/party or whatever and however you acknowledge death.

After that, live your life, the dead person would expect/demand, nothing less.
Stressing yourself about Dead People helps no-one – especially yourself.
(Learn about Albert & Victoria for an object lesson in grief)

b) What about when you lose your job, howzabout ‘A New Set of Politicians’

“”The governor said New Mexico has “never been stronger, tougher and more resilient than right now“”
Following DM’s lead in putting this story here, THAT would be because of The Oil Industry. yes/no

“”The governor also called on the legislature to commit $22 million dollars to opportunity scholarships to allow New Mexico students to attend 2-year colleges, tuition-free.””
And that $22 mill came from………….

“”governor also wants voters to approve tapping into an investment fund””
What fund. Why was it set up. What it INITIALLY intended for.
A private fund or Government fund? Do Governments actually have ‘funds’

“”must enact any and every strategy to improve educational outcomes for new Mexicans,””
Gotta love the typo – Freudian or what?

“”She is calling for $200 million in business-relief grants, and creating incentives to help homegrown businesses, and bring more large employers, like Netflix, to New Mexico.””
a) Isn’t the Oil Business ‘home-grown’?
b) Is that possibly ‘Tax Breaks’ you’re talking about? Aren’t they the Spawn of the Devil normally? Then, how can you afford to be sooo generous?
c) Netflix is entirely electronic and deals in nothing but Pure Unadulterated Fantasy.
It could disappear even faster that Mr Trump’s twitter account did. here’s hoping.
Netflix is A Drug and as such promotes, after sufficient exposure/consumption, Magical Thinking.
Take care with that one hun.
Magical Thinking can/does create truly hideous monsters. Repeat, take care.

“”new jobs all across our state – in tourism and hospitality, in construction and agriculture, in energy and aerospace and outdoor recreation,” the governor said.””

Ain’t tourism bad, just creating CO2 and wasting energy for No Actual Product – apart from it being another drug people use to (try to) escape omnipotent, interfering, moralising busybodys.

Are you seriously suggesting that “omnipotent, interfering, moralising busybodys” can be hospitable.
On which planet might that be?

You can not be serious. The place is a desert. Get real. Look out of the window.
This could hardly get worse ##
Aerospace and tourism. Yet more resource consumption for Zero Actual Real Tangible Useful Product, apart from as alluded to earlier, Dopamine as an (attempted) escape from the bizzies

This next and final is The Killer, so yes, it DID get worse. Also at this point, recall what I always say about Human Animals and Mendacity
here it is…
(##) Quote:
“”opportunities for new industries, specifically recreational marijuana””

She really is advocating yet another adventure into The Land Of Pure Drug Induced Fantasy, where moralising bizzies don’t exist.

Thus, she tacitly admits that She Is One

The problem is thus:
After repeated adventures into Fantasy Land, magical thinking takes hold, meaning, there is no longer a differentialton beteween Fantasy & Reality
For the magical thinker, fantasy is reality.

It is then that the fun really starts.
As someone said, “Beware of and never underestimate stupid (Read= stupified) people especially when they occur in large numbers”
The governor here is actively promoting/inciting stupidity

And completely No Surprise.
She trained as, is, A Lawyer
If they don’t profit very handsomely from ‘stupidity’ who does’

It is quite perfectly horrible what’s unfolding here

Last edited 1 year ago by Peta of Newark
January 27, 2021 6:31 am

What’s the problem. The citizens of N.M. won’t run out of oil – they can still get it from Venezuela, or Iran, or am I missing the point here?

Ron Long
January 27, 2021 6:34 am

New Mexico? Been there and done that, David M., and saw the early transition to stupid myself. In 1985 I drilled the discovery holes in two gold deposits, Lukas Canyon and Carache Canyon, both on the Ortiz Mine Grant (a grant signed by President Grant, no less). The owners of the Ortiz Mine Grant sold a lot of the surface right to ranching interests, but reserved the mineral rights and the right to access to these rights in any way necessary. We had to get our state drill permits in Santa Fe, and the opposition was staggering. Rights? “New Mexico has the right to shoot itself in the foot as many times as we want”! OK, I’m paraphrasing a bit, but your report shows the insanity continues. I hope the sheeple who voted for Biden suffer, but it will have some negative impact on all of us. Anyone want to take a run on the Ortiz Mine Grant? 2 million ounces of gold? NO?

Reply to  Ron Long
January 27, 2021 10:44 pm

Where is located again? (GPS coordinates available?) Also how deep would some of those ounces be? Thks.

January 27, 2021 6:55 am

Let me see: federal lands are leased for oil production (among other products) and some of the money must surely go to the federal government, right? So when the current leases expire, does this mean they can’t be renewed? I didn’t see anything about that, just askin’. That means that any moneys sent prior to this “cease and desist” thing for NEW leases won’t go to the federal government (if that entity got any at all), so-o-o-o…….

And Joe Biden wants to give out lots of cash to people out of work or on low income so that they’ll spend it on “stuff”, and….. that money comes from such things as taxes and leasing permits, as shown here:

So, therefore, no money coming in for new leases means a serious loss of revenue to the federal government, if I read the NM state leasing income figures correctly. Never mind other states, but I’d be interested in the federal revenues lost to this brilliant idea.

Does anyone besides me see the serious disconnect from reality here? (No, not the governor. Those Othres in WDC.)

So we’ll be buying oil & gas from Russia and China just like we do with that whole rare earths thing for electronics, right? Yeah, that makes a HUGE lot of sense. ENORMOUS!!!!

Well, look at it this way: we’ll have those oil fields and coal fields and other resources for future generations to come…. or something like that. Civilization was fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

Reply to  Sara
January 27, 2021 8:24 am

Who needs revenue, when we can just print money?

January 27, 2021 7:00 am

“Green Lady” owns the art and framing store in Small Town New Mexico. She has no inkling that the lady customer browsing her collection for a couple of $K in art pieces for a remodeling project, is just about to get bad news. “Shopper Lady” is just about to find out her remo project is cancelled in a cell call. Because her husband … a high end welder, and crew chief has just found that he, and his whole crew are being laid off permanently … “Because Biden”, “Because Fake CO2 Climate Change”.

Green Lady was hoping this one big sale would keep her store open for one more month after a bad year of Covid shutdowns. Elections have consequences Green Lady, and you voted … perhaps twice.

Jonathan Lesser
January 27, 2021 7:04 am

I’m a NM resident (and energy economist). Our two senators favor the ban, saying its important to protect sacred lands. One state rep (a “Progressive”) has introduced legislation to ban fracking entirely. These people believe in the energy unicorn. Half of the oil produced and 60% of the natural gas is from these now verboten federal lands. In the Permian Basin, drillers can just move east a bit into Texas. How NM will come up with replacement money remains to be seen. We are a very poor (and poorly run) state, which has been taken over by the progressives in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Rod Evans
January 27, 2021 7:06 am

My take on this just basic politics. If you vote in Marxists, then expect Marxism to be delivered.
The initial discomfort now being expressed in small town America, is nothing compared to what is coming down the track to big city woke folk.
You get what you vote for eventually.

Reply to  Rod Evans
January 27, 2021 8:26 am

But they aren’t Marxists.

Really you can only have a proper debate on policy, not imaginary labels

Tim Gorman
Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 9:48 am

OMG, griff!

Do you think we can’t read Marx and Engels? Marxism covers the entire gamut from Fascism to Socialism to Communism. The Communist Manifesto lays it out in excruciating detail! At its base, Marxism is collectivism – from each according to ability and to each according to need. Stalin didn’t want to wait for the natural progression Marx laid out and shortcut the process using violent revolution. So did Castro and Mao. The left in the US is taking an even different tack – creating an expanding welfare state to create widespread dependence on government in order to smooth the path for the state to take over business and capital – Socialism.

Look at what Chavez did in Venezuala with the press – first Chavez exerted Fascist control over the press in order to fool the people into believing Marxism was benefiting them and then finally wound up just nationalizing the press when it became obvious to all that Marxism was failing! The US is already travelling down that path. With few exceptions the MSM is controlled by the Democrats – imposing censorship on the people and and lying to the people by omission. Look at CNN saying a violent antifa riot was actually a peaceful protest with buildings burning in the background! Baghdad Bob and Pravda come to mind!

Marxism is progressing step by step in the US. You can tell by the widespread misery which grows and grows each year. For that is what Marxism ultimately is – shared misery.

Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 11:08 am

A raving looney marxist saying others are not marxists..


What griff means is that they are NOT MARXIST ENOUGH……

YET !!

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Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 11:21 am

griff thinks Karl Marx was a centrist

You have to go far,far looney left before griff recognises you as even slightly left of centre..

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Abolition Man
Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 2:23 pm

Please read some Marcuse, Heidegger or the other cultural Marxists before displaying even greater ignorance! After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the fall of the USSR the joke used to be:
Q: Where do Marxist philosophers and economists get jobs now?
A: Western colleges and universities!
Looks like the joke was on us as they were already firmly entrenched in the teacher’s colleges and have now progressed all the way down to our kindergarten and preschool levels with transgender storybook hours and shared bathrooms for boys and girls enforced by the federal gubmint!

Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 4:43 pm

They reject the label, but follow the policies without fail.

January 27, 2021 7:06 am

The Great Reset/Green New Deal will guarantee equity.

Everybody will be equally miserable, cold, hungry and in the dark.

Reply to  fretslider
January 27, 2021 9:21 am

Though not Speaker for the Davos Great Reset, His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, CC, SOM, CD, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland—who stated:

“We have a golden opportunity to seize something good from this crisis — its unprecedented shockwaves may well make people more receptive to big visions of change… “It is an opportunity we have never had before and may never have again.”

Hardly a “Marxist”, what?

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Reply to  fretslider
January 27, 2021 10:55 am

“You will own nothing, and you’ll be happy” – from an article I read last year

January 27, 2021 7:22 am

It never ceases to amaze me how often people are surprised when liberals do what they have been promising to do.

January 27, 2021 7:25 am

I have no doubt that the usual suspects will use the coming drop in oil and gas production as proof that peak oil is just around the corner.

January 27, 2021 7:36 am

The fightback begins
“The Tech-Giant-Dem Shock and Awe campaign caught mainstream America off guard and unprepared for the new regime of censorship and Psy-ops. Parler is still fighting for survival, and barely exists. But the fight-back is taking form. Two Democrats have now said they will not allow the Filibuster rules to change. Today, only 5 Republicans supported the Democrat impeachment and a Federal Judge has issued a restraining order against the Biden administrations demands that violent criminals bound for deportation be released into the community instead.”

Reply to  Krishna Gans
January 27, 2021 7:41 am

violent criminals bound for deportation be released into the community instead.

That happens all the time in the UK. It’s not even news.

E Carter
January 27, 2021 7:48 am

If you vote for scum, you get scum
So eat a bunch, New Mexicans

David Middleton
January 27, 2021 8:02 am

The fox is now in the henhouse.

Reply to  David Middleton
January 27, 2021 9:23 am

And the color regime-change chickens have come home to roost. Strange, the fox seems vegetarian….

January 27, 2021 8:24 am

US Democrats are not ‘leftists’. They are a conservative minded right of centre Centrist party.

Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 9:24 am

Synarchist is the word, from the French, as OSS found out after WWII.

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 9:44 am

They are very far left on the IQ scale, though. Barely right of the origin.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 9:56 am

From each according to ability and to each according to need. – Marxism

What do you call the government confiscating my hard earned money in order to give it to others? It’s not charity. Charity begins at home. Charity is personal and creates a bond between giver and recipient, a bond that can be used to teach someone how to fish instead of just getting a fish given to them every day. Government stealing my money in order to give it to others creates no bond at all – other than between government and recipient, and that bond is a bond of dependency, not charity. Government can’t teach a dependent how to fish, they can only give out a fish every day.

It is the LEFT in this country that advocates for such policies, not a Centrist party. A true Centrist party would provide a means for private charity to grow, and not try to curtail it with every thing they implement as the Left in this country does.

Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 10:03 am

As in Germany, the CDU (Home of Merkel) is from origin not leftist, but act as leftist. So do the Democrats in the USA.
Not parties history is relevant but their action.

Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 11:14 am

Compared to griff’s slimy marxist little mind… anyone is to the far right.

Democrats are marxist / socialist REGRESSIVES

Abolition Man
Reply to  fred250
January 27, 2021 2:31 pm

Griffey-poo apparently believes what politicians tell it and never looks at what they do! Perhaps you know someone that has a spare bridge they could sell it; I’d sell mine but I’m afraid I might need it soon for keeping out the riff raff!

Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 11:25 am

and Karl Marx was a republican……. right griff !!

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 11:32 am

Griff, calling your statement “half-witted” would be giving it twice the credit it deserves.

Reply to  griff
January 27, 2021 4:47 pm

In griff’s mind, the political spectrum goes something like this
Communist – right – far right

January 27, 2021 8:47 am

Apparently unbeknownst to most New Mexico votes [sic], oil & gas are vital parts of their economy.”

Maybe they know it, but are just suicidal, because Orange Man Bad.

George Tobin
January 27, 2021 8:51 am

In fairness to New Mexico voters, it was reasonable to assume that Biden would not govern according to what he said he would do during the campaign. Biden has never stuck with any position from abortion to race relations to war in his entire career. People just reasonably assumed that he was lying and would not do anything as stupid as what he promised he would do.

Reply to  George Tobin
January 27, 2021 9:26 am

Biden is the “hologram” as was already noted in the 1980’s. Assuming this hologram would not do as told is dumb.

Reply to  George Tobin
January 27, 2021 9:51 am

However, what they should have realized is that Biden is making none of these decisions. Zero. He signs what they put in front of him, that’s it. I would be very surprised if he lasts 6 months before his dementia becomes so obvious even his bootlicking media can’t hide it.

Reply to  Mike
January 27, 2021 11:17 am
Reply to  Mike
January 27, 2021 1:50 pm

2 years and 1 day. In their fever dream minds that would allow kameltoe to run for two terms and be president for 10 years.

Reply to  Mike
January 27, 2021 4:51 pm

All they would have to do is stop having press conferences. Most in the media wouldn’t complain. Biden could die, and the rest of the country wouldn’t know for weeks.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  George Tobin
January 27, 2021 9:57 am

I simply cannot wait until Biden moves the US embassy back to Tel Aviv!

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Tim Gorman
January 27, 2021 11:34 am

I discussed this with my wife last night. Unbelievably, those of the Jewish persuasion vote overwhelmingly for Democrats, the party that hates them.

Reply to  George Tobin
January 27, 2021 4:50 pm

That may have been true of the old Biden from 20 years ago.
It was quite obvious during the campaign that the new Biden was little more than an empty minded puppet who had to be protected from any exposure to the press.

Coach Springer
January 27, 2021 9:28 am

Now starting to be understood? Declare the entire state mentally incompetent – and take them off their weed. On the plus side, some day they will vote blue and have their votes cast red because of the popular vote and their decision to throw their votes away.

January 27, 2021 9:42 am

It’s now time for a credit downgrade for NM in just the opening salvo of reality assault.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
January 27, 2021 4:53 pm

No doubt the Democrats in congress will be putting together bills to bail out blue states.

January 27, 2021 9:53 am

Lujan will attempt to mooch off federal funds for years to patch the budget and also spend money on tourism advertising to attract tourists……. with their fossil fuel vehicles.

January 27, 2021 9:58 am

Avoid NM. Their chronically bad roads in NM will now be turning to dirt ruts.

January 27, 2021 10:11 am

Do the tribes sell memberships? There may be a lot of demand soon.

January 27, 2021 10:17 am

Double the price of Hatch chilies, pottery, and trinkets to see how that works out.

Mr. Lee
January 27, 2021 10:35 am

When those, who proudly voted Biden, feel the sting of the consequences, they may console themselves with the knowledge that “the more it hurts, the more it shows you really care.”

January 27, 2021 10:42 am

Anyone who didn’t anticipate this is either willfully blind or delusional.

Reply to  TonyG
January 27, 2021 4:54 pm

You can’t completely dismiss the possibility of them being willfully blind AND delusional.

January 27, 2021 11:30 am

NY and Boston know best what to do with NM. The locals are just in the way some times.

Serge Wright
January 27, 2021 1:37 pm

“To be clear: Neither the state nor the federal government collects any royalties on solar installations or wind farms….”

And that’s only half the issue. When you include the subsidies and carbon taxes that such out the remaining wealth of the community, then you end up with a road to extreme poverty and no way back.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Serge Wright
January 27, 2021 3:03 pm

Not to mention a populace spending most of its time in the dark. Better hope for warm winters!

Jeremiah Puckett
January 28, 2021 6:48 am

Hahaha. They didn’t “anticipate” this. If that’s true, they should resign over incompetence. I anticipated this and I’m just a normal person. I’m not “official” at anything except using my brain.

Russ R.
January 29, 2021 10:14 pm

Stop killing jobs. You don’t destroy the livelihood of families and then say you will create some “shovel-ready” job at some point in the future. That is not the function of the federal government. Read the Declaration of Independence:

 “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
 that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

You are destructive to our unalienable Rights when you destroy someones Right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. The Government is instituted to SECURE these Rights not trample them.

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