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The most critical piece of state legislation this year and the biggest progress for climate ever in New Mexico gets a crucial vote Saturday. Can you be there to support it?  The Energy Transition Act creates an equitable transition from fossil fuels to a clean-energy economy. It also lowers rates, provides significant reinvestment in the Four Corners community, ensures San Juan coal plant is retired, and creates a safety net for coal workers. Labor and community groups like AFSCME, Building Trades and Somos Un Pueblo Unido join the Sierra Club and almost every other environmental organization in enthusiastic support of the Energy Transition ... Read More

Big news: Energy transition for New Mexico

Big news: Energy transition for New Mexico

We have some exciting news to share about groundbreaking legislation filed today, Feb. 7, that will make New Mexico a renewable-energy leader, retire coal-fired San Juan Generating Station and provide millions in reinvestment for the Four Corners region and economic relief for San Juan workers. The Energy Transition Act, SB 489, was introduced at the New Mexico Legislature by Sens. Mimi Stewart, Jacob Candelaria and Jerry Ortiz y Pino. The centerpiece of the Energy Transition Act is the transition from coal and gas power to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045 for New Mexico, one of the highest standards in the country. At the heart of this transition is ... Read More

Lands, Water & Wildlife Day at the Roundhouse – February 13

Lands, Water & Wildlife Day at the Roundhouse - February 13

Continue the momentum on February 13 as we focus on Lands, Water and Wildlife at the Roundhouse - including workshops, information tables and meeting your legislators ... Read More

Clean Energy Conference and lobbying trainings!

Clean Energy Conference and lobbying trainings!

Now that we have turned our state government green, we have the most promising opportunity in a generation to pass bold, humanity- and wildlife-saving policies. Join us for our clean energy conference, lobby training and lobbying days at the legislature ... Read More

Rio Grande Chapter year in review

Rio Grande Chapter year in review

It was a busy year for the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club - outings, rallies, politics and environmental issues ... Read More

Ready for the Roundhouse? Renewables, coyotes highlight 2019 NM legislation

Ready for the Roundhouse? Renewables, coyotes highlight 2019 NM legislation

As we look toward the 2019 legislative session, one topic you’ll hear a lot about is the so-called “rocket docket,” a suite of state bills that passed within the last two years, only to be vetoed by Gov. Martinez. Our priorities this session include increasing the renewable energy portfolio standard and ending cruel treatment of wildlife ... Read More

Sierra Club responds to land commissioner’s ban on killing contests

Sierra Club responds to land commissioner’s ban on killing contests

Garcia Richard’s decision is a victory for sound wildlife management For immediate release: Jan. 10, 2019   Contact: Mary Katherine Ray, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Wildlife chair, 575-772-5655, mkrscrim@gmail.com On Thursday, New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard announced a ban on cruel coyote-killing contests on the 9.5 million acres of state trust land. The ban also applies to other non-protected species. “We applaud Land Commissioner Garcia Richard’s announcement prohibiting the competitive killing of our state’s wildlife on state trust land,” said Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Wildlife Chair Mary Katherine Ray. “These organized wildlife massacres do not meet any ... Read More

Holtec Nuclear Waste Storage Proposal

Holtec Nuclear Waste Storage Proposal

Holtec International has a controversial plan to store up to 100,000 tons of the nation’s most dangerous nuclear-reactor waste, for as long as 120 years, at a site between Hobbs and Carlsbad. More than 10,000 rail cars of high-level radioactive waste will be dumped on New Mexico if this project is approved. Opponents are concerned about the health, safety, transportation, financial, and environmental-justice aspects of storing high-level radioactive waste that would impact thousands of generations to come ... Read More

Rio Grande Chapter

The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club is a volunteer-led organization representing  more than 10,000 members in New Mexico and West Texas. Our mission to is to explore, enjoy and protect the planet, and we prioritize action on protecting our climate, clean air, clean water, and conservation of wildlife and public lands in New Mexico and West Texas.


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