Press Releases


Conservation Voters New Mexico Statement on the Rollback of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a proposed rule to revoke the Clean Power Plan. In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statement: “It is critical that we take action to address climate change and the Clean Power Plan is a [read more…]


CVNM Statement on National Monuments Report Obtained by The Washington Post

Santa Fe, N.M. – The Washington Post recently obtained and released a copy of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s report to the White House concerning the fate of ten national monuments across the country. In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statement: “It is a relief to see that Sec. [read more…]


Conservation Voters New Mexico Statement on Potential Changes to New Mexico’s National Monuments

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke sent a report to the White House “which included his findings and recommendations on national monuments that were under review.” The report summary included no details of what those recommendations were. The full report must be made public immediately. In addition, Sec. Zinke hinted [read more…]


Rep. Steve Pearce’s anti-conservation record is out of step with New Mexicans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Representative Steve Pearce (NM-02) announced his candidacy for governor of New Mexico. Rep. Pearce earned a 0% on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2016 Scorecard and in all his years in Congress has earned an overall 4% Lifetime Score. Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) Executive Director Demis [read more…]


CVNM Statement on Governor Martinez action on Rulemaking Requirements

For Immediate Release Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Gov. Martinez signed Rulemaking Requirements (HB 58, Gentry/L. Trujillo/T. Salazar/Ivey-Soto), a bill Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) supported during the 2017 legislative session and mobilized members to urge Governor Martinez to sign before ​today’s noon deadline. The legislature unanimously passed Rulemaking Requirements, which provides a uniform process [read more…]


CVNM Statement on Governor Martinez action on State Facility Renewable Energy Use

For Immediate Release ​ Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Gov. Martinez vetoed State Facility Renewable Energy Use (SB 227, Steinborn), a bill Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) supported during the 2017 legislative session and mobilized members to urge Governor Martinez to sign the bill before the April 7 deadline. State Facility Renewable Energy Use required [read more…]


New Mexico’s 2017 Legislative Session Presented Progress and Challenges for Environmental Policy

For Immediate Release Santa Fe, N.M. – Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), a statewide nonpartisan nonprofit that works to connect New Mexicans to their political power for a healthy Land of Enchantment, advocated for or against 82 pieces of legislation at the State Capital during NM’s 2017 Legislative Session. CVNM and our allies successfully defeated [read more…]


New Mexicans Respond to Community Solar Gardens Bill Failing on the House Floor

For Immediate Release Albuquerque, N.M. – Today, the New Mexico House of Representatives failed to pass the Community Solar Gardens Act (HB 338, Roybal Caballero) on a 34-31 vote, which is the farthest the issue has progressed in the legislature. The bill would have enabled utility customers who are renters, who do not have suitable [read more…]


CVNM Statement on SB 312 vote in Senate Corporations Committee

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the Senate Corporations Committee failed to pass the Expand Renewable Energy Standard bill (SB 312, Stewart/Small). Chairman Senator Clemente Sanchez and Senator Papen joined anti-conservation legislators on the committee to vote down the bill. In response, CVNM Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statement: “We’re disappointed that a majority [read more…]


Proposal to Create Jobs in New Mexico’s Growing Renewable Energy Sector Dies One Stop Away from a Full Senate Vote

For Immediate Release Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the Renewable Energy Requirements for Utilities bill (SB 312, Stewart/Small) failed in the Senate Corporations Committee when a do-pass motion failed on a 5-3 vote. The legislation would increase the renewable portfolio standard (RPS), a state policy that requires utilities to purchase a minimum amount of their [read more…]