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Chili Yazzie shares about the drastic changes that he’s seen over his lifetime around his home in Shiprock, New Mexico caused by climate change. He shares how critical it is for us to maintain a balance with our environment and reduce pollution from oil and gas operations that contribute to these impacts.
Denton McCullough returned home to Carlsbad, New Mexico hoping to retire there. He’s shocked by how much the boom and bust cycle of the oil and gas industry has changed his city. He sees the importance of the industry and wants the industry to operate more responsibly, such as capturing methane and volatile organic compounds rather than releasing them into the air.
Nick King sees the air he breathes, the water he drinks, and the land beneath his feet as a gift from God. He sees the risks to these gifts all around his hometown of Carlsbad. He wants the oil and gas industry to be better regulated and our economy to rely less on one source of income.
Reverend Gene Harbaugh finds beauty in the desert around his Carlsbad home. From atop his trusty steed nicknamed Ladybird, Gene witnesses how much his city has changed. Carlsbad has significant potential for clean, renewable energy like wind and solar to bring more sustainability to the economy.
Miguel Escoto, a 22-year-old organizer with Earthworks and Sunrise Movement in the Permian Basin, sees strong methane regulation and other oil and gas pollution as an important step for New Mexico. He also urges us to follow climate science that shows a need to transition to renewable energy to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Penny Aucoin and husband Dee George think about leaving the land Dee planted trees on when he was nine due to their experience with oil and gas pollution from nearby operations. They want the oil and gas industry to operate in ways that protect people like them, including reducing methane emissions.
Jim Goodbar has lived in Carlsbad since 1977 and worked at the Bureau of Land Management for many years. Jim compares the oil and gas pollution around Carlsbad to the smog in Los Angeles and talks about ways the industry can step up to reduce methane waste and pollution.