New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is set to attend the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP28, in Dubai on December 2 and 3.
New Mexico Environment Secretary James Kenney and Deputy Chief Operating Officer Caroline Buerkle are Accompanying Governor Grisham on this international trip. The panels they will engage in, titled “Subnational Leaders Supercharging Climate Action Across America Panel” and “All Hands on Deck: How the U.S. Climate Alliance is Securing America’s Net-Zero Future with State-Led, High-Impact Action,” involve discussions on ambitious climate innovation and the role of the U.S. Climate Alliance in achieving a net-zero future.
The choice of Dubai as the conference location is noteworthy, given the country’s reputation as a significant oil exporter and her traveling via airplane, which creates a significant amount of pollution, according to “climate” scientists. This is particularly relevant as COP28 emphasizes a “global stocktake” to assess progress toward the 2015 Paris Agreement goals. The paradox of hosting a climate conference in a nation heavily reliant on oil exports adds complexity to the discussions.
Governor Grisham’s consistent international engagements, including leading trade missions to Taiwan and Australia in recent months, raise questions about the effectiveness of such trips in addressing climate concerns. While the Governor actively participates in “climate”-related initiatives, critics argue that tangible actions at the state level should take precedence over international appearances.
The panels, which will include representatives from various U.S. states and cities, offer a platform to showcase state-led efforts. However, skeptics question the impact of these discussions on addressing immediate climate challenges within New Mexico, particularly considering the energy sector’s importance in the state’s economy.
As Governor Grisham joins global leaders in Dubai, the spotlight remains on the practical implications of her climate policies back home. Whether these international endeavors translate into effective climate actions within New Mexico is a subject of ongoing debate, highlighting the tension between global aspirations and local priorities in addressing climate change.