The oil and gas industry, boosted by Trump's insane pursuit of "American energy dominance" and a flood of campaign contributions, has a stranglehold on New Mexico politics. Challenging its dominance is risky, despite overwhelming evidence that this dirty industry spells disaster for our health and climate. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Benny Shendo, Jr, along with three co-sponsors, showed true courage by bringing forward Senate Bill 459, which would pause new fracking permits in order to establish critical protections. It's as common-sense as your Grandpa saying, "when you're in a hole, the first thing you do is stop digging." The pushback against this bill, and several others aimed at reigning in a reckless industry, has been revealing. And its come from some surprising quarters.