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Local lawmakers are champions for environment

By Steve Fischmann | published by the Las Cruces Sun-News It seems like every day there is a new attack on our bedrock environmental laws or the public lands in our backyard. The federal government is currently run by anti-conservation forces that have repeatedly demonstrated that they serve industry instead of hard-working families. Governor Susana [read more…]

Conservation Voters New Mexico Releases 2017 Legislative Scorecard

By Tom Trowbridge | KSFR Santa Fe Public Radio Last week, Conservation Voters New Mexico—CVNM—released the statewide Conservation Scorecard for the 2017 legislative session. Tom Trowbridge spoke with Ben Shelton, Political and Legislative Director for CVNM on Monday morning’s Wake-Up Call about the annual lawmaker rankings. Listen to the interview here.

Not a moderate

Published in the Santa Fe New Mexican I read with entertainment Republican Congressman Steve Pearce’s My View (“A campaign for all New Mexicans,” Aug. 12). Pearce tried to convince us all he is a reasonable person willing to work with people from all backgrounds. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Pearce is a member [read more…]

Impacted by methane

Published in the Santa Fe New Mexican Ryan Flynn (“The full story on methane,” My View, July 30), raised several points about New Mexico’s economy that are more than familiar to people who spend time in the Capitol during our legislative sessions. They’re the same tired talking points industry lobbyists (and their revolving door counterparts [read more…]

Zinke doesn’t recommend shrinking two New Mexico monuments

By Heath Haussamen | U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending no reduction in the size of two New Mexico national monuments, but he is seeking some changes in how they are managed. The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post obtained and reported on Sunday evening about Zinke’s previously secret recommendations to President Donald Trump after reviewing dozens of monuments designated by recent [read more…]

Monument memo unsettles advocates

By Andrew Oxford | Santa Fe New Mexican A leaked Interior Department memo on the future of several major national monuments around the country surprised observers with what it did not say. The memo does not call for cutting the size of two national monuments in New Mexico that the administration of President Donald Trump [read more…]

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…]