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Bill seeks changes to state renewable energy standard

By Sarah Halasz Graham | The Santa Fe New Mexican Ask representatives from New Mexico’s three public utility companies if they’re poised to comply with a state mandate to sell 20 percent renewable energy by 2020, and the answer is likely to be a resounding yes. A deeper dive paints a more complex picture. According [read more…]


Governor Lujan Grisham will return everyday New Mexican voices to the center of our state government

By Demis Foster for Conservation Voters New Mexico With Michelle Lujan Grisham at the helm, New Mexicans can be assured that their voice will be heard, creating a metamorphosis of how our state operates and who our government serves. We at CVNM have been working hard to ensure the incoming administration reflects New Mexicans’ shared [read more…]


Ambitious renewable goals on deck as new political era dawns in New Mexico

By Marjorie Childress | New Mexico In Depth New Mexico was in the first wave of states to require gradually increasing amounts of renewable energy such as wind, solar and geothermal to power its electrical grid. Signed into law in 2004, the state’s Renewable Energy Act required private utilities to ensure that 20 percent of [read more…]


Report: One-Quarter of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Drilling

By Roz Brown | Public News Service ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Drilling on public lands contributes nearly a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., and the latest federal report says Wyoming and New Mexico contribute the most. Released on the same day as the National Climate Assessment, the U.S. Geological Survey report says [read more…]


Methane Emission Cuts Part of N.M. Democrats’ Winning Strategy

By Brenna Goth | Bloomberg Law New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) wants to make her state a leader in cutting methane emissions. Producers in the busiest U.S. oil field may face new regulations under New Mexico’s Democratic Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham, who vowed to make the state a leader in reducing methane emissions. [read more…]


Elections could radically alter PRC

By Kevin Robinson-Avila | Albuquerque Journal Environmentalists and consumer advocates are closely watching the Public Regulation Commission’s electoral race in southwest District 5, where progressive Democrat Stephen Fischmann and Republican Ben L. Hall are facing off. Conservation Voters New Mexico has thrown its weight behind Fischmann, a former state senator who promises aggressive support for [read more…]


An Environmentalist’s Guide To The Midterm Elections

Emma Loewe | mbg Sustainability Editor On Tuesday, November 6, Americans will head out to the polls to decide on 435 House seats, 35 Senate seats, and plenty of local measures. (This is a good time to make sure: You’re voting, right?) It’s already shaping up to be a historic race across many categories—including the [read more…]


CVNM Invests Over $2 million to Elect Pro-Conservation Candidates

TO: Interested Parties FROM: Demis Foster, Executive Director, Conservation Voters New Mexico DATE: Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 RE: UPDATE – FINAL COUNTDOWN TO 2018 NM GENERAL ELECTION CONTACT: Liliana Castillo | 505-819-7508 | Liliana@CVNM.org In the 2018 election cycle thus far, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) invested over $2 million to elect Michelle Lujan Grisham [read more…]


Why Big Money Is Being Pumped Into A Small New Mexico Race

Nathan Rott | NPR A little-known political race in New Mexico is drawing big money and attention from national environmental groups, and oil, gas and mining interests, in the lead-up to next week’s midterm elections. The race for the state’s next land commissioner, a position that oversees an area larger than 9 U.S. states, is [read more…]


Texas Super-PAC Attacking New Mexico Land Commissioner Candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard

Carol A. Clark | Los Alamos Daily Post For the past two months, New Mexicans watching television have been inundated with Super PAC funded political ads attacking or supporting various candidates. One Texas-based PAC calling themselves “New Mexico Strong” has focused exclusively on the usually quiet race for New Mexico Land Commissioner, spending millions of [read more…]