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Proposal to Create Jobs in New Mexico’s Growing Renewable Energy Sector Clears its First Hurdle in NM Legislature

For Immediate Release Santa Fe, N.M. — Today, the Renewable Energy Requirements for Utilities bill (SB 312, Stewart/Small) passed the Senate Conservation Committee on a 6-3 vote. The legislation would increase the renewable portfolio standard (RPS), a state policy that requires utilities to purchase a minimum amount of their electricity from renewable sources like solar [read more…]


CVNM statement in response to Public-Private Partnerships Act Failing in NM Legislature

For Immediate Release Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, a do pass motion on the Public-Private Partnerships Act (HB 275, Larrañaga/Cisneros) failed on a 7-4 vote in the House Labor and Economic Development Committee. In response, CVNM Legislative Director Ben Shelton released the following statement: “Like in 2015, New Mexicans stood up against attempts to privatize [read more…]


CVNM and CVNM Education Fund react to NM Legislature’s Consideration of Re-defining Nuclear Energy as Renewable Energy

For Immediate Release Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee debated Nuclear Energy as Renewable Energy (HB 406, Brown). The bill was tabled on a tied vote. CVNM Legislative Director Ben Shelton and CVNM Education Fund Western New Mexico Program Director Talia Boyd released the following statements: “Nuclear energy [read more…]


CVNM Announces Delegation Scores from LCV’s 2016 National Environmental Scorecard

CVNM Announces Delegation Scores from LCV’s 2016 National Environmental Scorecard **Full Scorecard available in English and Spanish here** Santa Fe, N.M. – Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) today unveiled scores for the STATE delegation released this morning as part of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) 2016 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard includes 17 Senate [read more…]


Conservation Voters New Mexico 2017 Legislative Priorities

For Immediate Release                 Conservation Voters New Mexico Legislative Priorities: Support growing renewables sector, keep PRC accountable, end ruthless killing contests, keep public resources in public hands SANTA FE, N.M – Today, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) released its legislative priorities, outlined in the first edition of CVNM’s legislative agenda, which includes priorities such as supporting [read more…]


CVNM Statement in Response to Sen. Papen Tabling SB 182

​For Immediate Release Santa Fe, N.M. – In response to NM Senate President Pro Tempore ​Mary Kay Papen requesting that her bill SB 182 be tabled in the Senate Education Committee Wednesday morning, CVNM Legislative Director Ben Shelton released the following statement: “We thank Sen. Papen for recognizing that we need to embrace creative ways [read more…]


CVNM honors Rep. Gail Chasey for Her Tireless Advocacy for New Mexico’s Most Impacted Communities

Santa Fe, N.M. — Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) will present State Representative Gail Chasey with the 2017 Luminaria Award for championing New Mexico’s communities most impacted by contamination and environmental injustice at CVNM’s 11th annual legislative reception on Feb. 8. CVNM’s Annual Legislative Reception is a dynamic gathering of policymakers, business leaders and community [read more…]


Proposal to Create Jobs in New Mexico Sets Clean Renewable Energy Goals

For Immediate Release Legislation filed to power New Mexico largely with solar, wind by 2040, as President Trump vows to halt U.S. climate action Santa Fe, N.M. — State Senator Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque) and State Representative Nathan Small (D- Doña Ana County) filed SB 312 today that would commit New Mexico to obtain 80 percent [read more…]


CVNM reacts to Trump Executive Actions on Immigration, pledges support for all New Mexicans

For Immediate Release CVNM reacts to Trump Executive Actions on Immigration, pledges support for all New Mexicans Santa Fe, N.M. – In response to President Trump’s executive order on immigration and border security, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) and CVNM Education Fund Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statement: “The communities that the CVNM [read more…]


CVNM Statement in Response to Land Commissioner Dunn’s Federal Mineral Rights Seizure Proposal

For Immediate Release Santa Fe, N.M. – In response to Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn’s proposal to seize federal mineral rights (SB 182) that has been introduced at the NM State Legislature, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) Political and Legislative Director Ben Shelton released the following statement: “Unfortunately, Commissioner Dunn’s proposal will take more away from [read more…]