Energy Bill column conflates two issues

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Dear Editor,

Sunday’s column on the New Mexico energy bill by Victoria Gonzales conflates two issues which are not in major conflict with each other. Yes, New Mexico is a major producer of carbon-based energy products. However, it is not a major consumer of those products. Therefore, if our state moves more of its energy consumption to renewable sources of energy, the primary effect is to free more of our products for export and to produce more income here. 

This may not be what those concerned with climate change had in mind for the energy bill, but it certainly does not have the negative effect on citizens here that Gonzales claims. 

Terry Goldman

Los Alamos

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