Progress is being made on the Four Corners area

On March 11, the Santa Fe New Mexican published an important opinion piece regarding one of the biggest debates in New Mexico’s recent legislative session. The piece, authored by CVNM Board President Noah Long and Mike Eisenfeld with San Juan Citizen’s Alliance, seeks to tell the full story of the debate and efforts surrounding SB [read more…]

Gov. Martinez’s actions on environmental bills

Gov. Martinez had until Wednesday, March 7 to act on bills that reached her desk, including the state budget. Here are the outcomes of the bills and appropriations we supported and opposed during the legislative session: Budget actions: Martinez line-item vetoed $220,000 from the budget for the Renewable Energy Transmission Authority operating costs in 2019. [read more…]

Garrett VeneKlasen for Commissioner of Public Lands

Conservation Voters New Mexico Action Fund is proud to endorse Garrett VeneKlasen to be the next Commissioner of Public Lands. The Commissioner of Public Lands, commonly referred to as State Land Commissioner, is charged with generating and optimizing revenue from state trust lands to support public education and other beneficiary institutions, while simultaneously striving to [read more…]

CVNM Reaffirms Support for New Mexico’s DACA Recipients and Opposition to The Border Wall

In response to the ongoing debate regarding the federal budget, immigration and the border wall, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) and CVNM Education Fund (CVNM Education Fund) released the following statement from CVNMEF’s Juntos: Our Air, Our Water Program Coordinator Estefany González-Mendoza: “CVNM stands in support of New Mexico’s undocumented immigrant communities and families, and [read more…]

NM’s 2018 legislative session: what we did with our members’ support

The 2018 legislative session has ended. We’re so thankful our members were on the roller coaster ride with us the whole time, taking action to protect our air, land, water and healthy communities. We really can’t thank you enough! Now that the hectic session is over, here is a report back on what we accomplished [read more…]

CVNM’s take on HB 325 at NM Legislature

When SB 47, PNM’s securitization bill, finally collapsed under its own weight in the Senate Conservation committee on Feb. 3, it took with it a provision that would have required PNM to locate replacement generating facilities with about the same generating capacity as the San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) inside of the school district that [read more…]

Trump’s coming after solar – urge your senator to fight back

Trump recently announced a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels which make up most of what is installed in the United States. Leaders in New Mexico’s solar industry have said this will slow installations and kill good-paying jobs in our state. This vindictive tariff will also put solar energy out of the reach for [read more…]

With your help, we stopped PNM’s coal plant bill in its tracks

After three and a half hours of testimony, public comments and debate, including testimony on your behalf by CVNM Legislative Director Ben Shelton, the Senate Conservation Committee voted to table the Energy Redevelopment Bond Act (SB 47) on Saturday. Nearly 300 CVNM members and supporters like you spoke up in one day, stopping the bill [read more…]

We’re at the table: PNM’s San Juan coal plant bill

By now, you may have heard about a bill moving through the New Mexico legislature that addresses the closure of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) and is garnering a lot of much-deserved attention. Senate Bill 47, called the Energy Redevelopment Bond Act, was proposed by PNM, New Mexico’s largest electric utility. The bill [read more…]

Protecting our air, land and water in the 2018 Legislative Session

Here in New Mexico, our health, economy and communities are intricately linked to the quality of our land, air and water. We must work together to protect the Land of Enchantment. That is why each legislative session, Conservation Voters New Mexico’s legislative team identifies bills that, if passed, could have significant impacts on our air, [read more…]