Press Releases


Voters Overwhelmingly Choose Pro-Conservation Candidates in New Mexico’s Primary Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Santa Fe, N.M. – Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), via its political action committees CVNM Action Fund and CVNM Verde Voters Fund, continues to build a strong political voice for New Mexico’s environment by electing pro-conservation candidates who will work to protect our air, land, water and the health of our communities. [read more…]


Conservative groups funded by energy corporations pour money into final days of New Mexico’s primary election

​Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, campaigns and political action committees reported their contributions and expenditures to the Secretary of State. Of note: A SuperPAC called NM Strong filings state that they are entirely funded by Chevron and Mack Energy. The filing also identifies plans to spend large amounts of money in the final days before [read more…]


CVNM Statement in Response to Gov. Martinez pocket vetoing Senate Bill 79 to Restore the Solar Tax Credit

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Governor Susana Martinez pocket vetoed Senate Bill 79 which would have restored New Mexico’s Solar Tax Credit. In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico Legislative Director Ben Shelton issued the following statement: “Despite winning bipartisan support in the legislature for the second time, Gov. Martinez chose to pocket veto Senate Bill [read more…]


Environmental Advocacy Key in Making Progress on Renewable Energy Issues at 2018 New Mexico Legislature

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Santa Fe, N.M. – Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), a statewide nonpartisan nonprofit organization that works to connect New Mexicans to their political power for a healthy Land of Enchantment, advocated for or against 60 pieces of legislation at the State Capitol during NM’s 2018 Legislative Session. “The 2018 legislative session presented [read more…]


CVNM Statement in Response to BLM’s Revised Methane Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the Trump administration proposed a new Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, which guts the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) 2016 rule. The rule aims to limit wasteful venting and flaring of methane from oil and gas operations on public lands. This impacts New Mexicans directly due to [read more…]


Community leaders ask legislature to support transitioning diesel school buses to zero emissions electric

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Community leaders ask legislature to support transitioning diesel school buses to zero emissions electric NM’s $18 Million Volkswagen Settlement earmarked to reduce diesel pollution Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the New Mexico Legislature House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Committee heard House Joint Memorial 6 – VW Settlement Funds for Electric School [read more…]


Coalition of Environmental Organizations Stand in Opposition to the Energy Redevelopment Bond Act in the New Mexico Legislature

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, a coalition of 23 organizations urged each senator and representative in the New Mexico Legislature to vote against SB 47/HB 80 – the Energy Redevelopment Bond Act. The coalition expressed unified opposition to the measures in a letter distributed to all legislators this morning. The legislature is [read more…]


CVNM Honors Senator Jeff Steinborn for Protecting our Public Lands, Wildlife and Healthy Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Santa Fe, N.M. — Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) will present State Senator Jeff Steinborn with the 2018 Luminaria Award for promoting and protecting the natural and cultural resources of New Mexico at CVNM’s 12th annual legislative reception on Jan. 24. CVNM’s Annual Legislative Reception is a dynamic gathering of policymakers, business [read more…]


CVNM response to Gov. Martinez’ Final State of the State Speech

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Gov. Martinez delivered her final State of the State speech to the legislature. During her speech, Gov. Martinez applauded New Mexico’s oil and gas industry repeatedly and mentioned our burgeoning tourism industry. In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statements. “The oil and [read more…]


CVNM applauds Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Commitment to a State Level Methane Pollution Capture Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, candidate for governor Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a commitment to implementing a state-level methane pollution capture rule in New Mexico. In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) Executive Director Demis Foster, Board Member Kent Salazar and member Don Schreiber released the following statements: “We commend Rep. [read more…]