Today, a year and a day after the ignition of the climate-fueled Hermit’s Peak wildfire—the largest wildfire in New Mexico history— Gov. Lujan Grisham line-item vetoed all five climate incentives in this year’s New Mexico tax bill. She vetoed these reasonable climate incentives under the guise of “fiscal responsibility.” This ignores the costs of climate change, which has cost New Mexico $5.3 billion over the past 42 years, not including the Hermit’s Peak wildfire, which has so far cost $3.95 billion.
She promised New Mexicans she would act on climate, but has instead opposed multiple comprehensive climate bills and has now vetoed the only major climate action the legislature passed in 2023. Climate legislation is unlikely in 2024’s short budgetary legislative session—the halfway point for Lujan Grisham’s final term. Gov. Lujan Grisham’s promise of net zero emissions has disintegrated into net zero climate action while climate-caused fires and floods have turned large swaths of New Mexico into disaster areas.