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Environmentalists, Oil Producers Eye NM Land Commissioner Race

Roz Brown | Public News Service ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The surge of oil and gas drilling in New Mexico in the past 18 months also has led to a surge of influence spending in the race for the next Commissioner of Public Lands. Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard, Republican Pat Lyons and Libertarian Michael Lucero all [read more…]


Five Midterm Votes That Could Have an Outsize Impact on Climate Change

“The New Mexico land commissioner is the most powerful land manager in the country,” said Demis Foster, executive director of Conservation Voters New Mexico. “They oversee more lands like this than anywhere else and we have the largest methane cloud possibly on Earth.”


Lyons endorsement makes little sense

“By the standards that the newspaper has articulated in every other endorsement, Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard is a much better fit.”


NM Voters Face Tough Choice Over Diversification of State’s Economy

Roz Brown | Public News Service ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A rebound in New Mexico’s volatile oil and gas industry under the Trump administration is a major driver in next month’s governor’s race. Democratic candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham has promised to deliver a “renewable-energy economy” and 50 percent renewable production in the state by 2030. Republican [read more…]


Environmental PAC targets Lyons in land race

Dan McKay | Albuquerque Journal SANTA FE — New Mexicans can expect to hear an awful lot more on TV about the race to serve as New Mexico’s next land commissioner. It’s already expected to be one of the closest contests on the ballot this year, with Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard and Republican Pat Lyons [read more…]


Top PAC donors in New Mexico focus on oil, environment

By Andrew Oxford | Santa Fe New Mexican Stephanie Garcia Richard had a warning of sorts. At a forum for land commissioner candidates during the Democratic Party’s primary election earlier this year, she told the audience the race for that easily overlooked office would get expensive. The oil and gas industry would spend big, said [read more…]


Keep score on important issues like environment

Published in the Albuquerque Journal Conservation is on the rise in the New Mexico legislature. Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) recently released the 2017-18 Conservation Scorecard and it demonstrates that our state’s legislators are paying attention to their constituents’ concerns about having access to a clean and healthy environment. CVNM connects people to their political [read more…]


Conservation group takes aim at GOP candidate for governor

By – Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A political fund for environmental conservation causes in New Mexico plans to devote $500,000 to highlighting financial ties between Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce’s and the oil and natural gas industries, starting with local television ads this week. Conservation Voters New Mexico Executive Director Demis Foster [read more…]


Conservation scores wins in New Mexico

By Steve Terrell | Santa Fe New Mexican The administration of outgoing Gov. Susana Martinez — elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 with the aid of significant financial contributions from the oil and gas industry — has been intensely criticized by environmentalists, practically since Day One. But while the last eight years have not [read more…]


Voters Overwhelmingly Choose Pro-Conservation Candidates In New Mexico’s 2018 Primary Election

Published by the Los Alamos Daily Post CVNM News: SANTA FE ― 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 [read more…]