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Advocates: Convert Diesel Buses to Electric with VW Settlement

By Sarah Trujillo | KUNM Health advocates want money from an $18 million settlement from Volkswagen to be invested in new electric school buses in order to improve the state’s air quality. State officials are holding public meetings this month to gather feedback on how to spend the money the state is getting after the carmaker’s violations [read more…]

Venting of methane hurts state

Published in the Albuquerque Journal New Mexicans acknowledge that oil and gas revenues are important to our state, so it was puzzling to read Ryan Cangiolosi’s opinion that was published on June 4 titled “Oil, gas revenues important to N.M.” The industry’s outsized role in our state is exactly why we need state and federal [read more…]

Thanks, Sen. Udall

Published in the Santa Fe New Mexican on On Trump’s 100th day in office, we joined hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets to demand climate action as part of the People’s Climate March. The events in cities across the nation and around the world showed the overwhelming public support for addressing [read more…]

Gov. shoots down renewable energy measures, other bills

By Steve Terrell | Santa Fe New Mexican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez used her veto power Thursday to kill legislation that could have led to more than 700 state buildings getting power from solar, wind or geothermal energy. She also spiked a bill intended to guarantee Santa Fe city government a say in the [read more…]

CVNM: Martinez Veto Of Renewable Energy Bill “Reckless”

KRWG Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Gov. Martinez vetoed State Facility Renewable Energy Use (SB 227, Steinborn), a bill Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) supported during the 2017 legislative session and mobilized members to urge Governor Martinez to sign the bill before the April 7 deadline. State Facility Renewable Energy Use required that the government solicit [read more…]

Gov. Martinez vetoes bill to spur clean energy

Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The Latest on New Mexico bills singed or vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez (all times local): 7:50 p.m. New Mexico is reining in high-interest loans from the storefront lending industry under a bill signed by Gov. Susana Martinez. Signed on Thursday, the legislation effectively eliminates payday loans by [read more…]

New Mexico’s 2017 Legislative Session Presented Progress and Challenges for Environmental Policy

Published on KRWG Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), a statewide nonpartisan nonprofit that works to connect New Mexicans to their political power for a healthy Land of Enchantment, advocated for or against 82 pieces of legislation at the State Capital during NM’s 2017 Legislative Session. CVNM and our allies successfully [read more…]

Former Energy Company Executive Named New Mexico Energy Department Leader

Published on KRWG Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the Senate confirmed Gov. Martinez’ nominee for secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) on a 32-4 vote. Ken McQueen is a former executive of WPX Energy, an Oklahoma-based fossil fuel company. During his time with the company, WPX was a [read more…]

Regulator Links Southwest Methane Cloud to Natural Seeps

By Morgan Lee | Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top oil and natural gas regulator said a giant cloud of the greenhouse gas methane hanging over the Southwestern United States comes in large part from natural seeps from underground formations and coal mining operations, disputing recent scientific findings. At a confirmation [read more…]

Over objections, New Mexico energy chief confirmed

By Andrew Oxford | The Santa Fe New Mexican After his confirmation hearing turned to discussion of climate change and the Four Corners methane hot spot, environmental groups on Wednesday lambasted New Mexico’s top oil and gas regulator as echoing politically conservative talking points while one legislator described the conversation as “very troubling.” But despite [read more…]