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Global Warming Express kids meet the mayors

Global Warming Express kids meet the mayors

The Global Warming Express kids met with the mayors of Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces ... Read More

Copper Flat Mine hearings in September

Copper Flat Mine hearings in September

For the past eight years, a coalition of individuals and organizations has been resisting the attempt of New Mexico Copper Corporation to reopen a defunct, marginal, open-pit copper mine near Hillsboro. Water is the biggest issue – the Copper Flat Mine wants to use as much water as would support a city of 50,000 people. The New Mexico Environment Department has scheduled hearings the week of Sept. 24-28 in Truth or Consequences ... Read More

People’s Climate Movement – Save the Date, September 8

People's Climate Movement - Save the Date, September 8

On September 8th, after months of organizing and movement-building, the Peoples Climate Movement will bring tens of thousands of people across the country into the streets, town halls, and community forums. Save the date! ... Read More

Tell The Public Regulation Commission To Block SPS’s Solar Penalty

Tell The Public Regulation Commission To Block SPS's Solar Penalty

Since 2011, Southwestern Public Service has been charging eastern New Mexico families who invest in solar a hefty monthly fee that no one else pays, and that they must pay no matter how little energy they use. This is unfair and it needs your action! ... Read More

As NM trapping season ends, awful incidents spotlight need for reform

As NM trapping season ends, awful incidents spotlight need for reform

For yet another year, New Mexico’s trapping season has resulted in untold numbers of deaths and cruelty to native wildlife and companion animals across the state. Although the vast majority of New Mexicans do not trap wildlife and oppose trapping on public lands, New Mexico has failed to join its neighboring states in banning cruel and indiscriminate traps and snares. The statewide coalition TrapFree New Mexico continues to bring to light the indiscriminate cruelty that trapping causes, refuting baseless pro-trapping rhetoric with hard evidence and real stories ... 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

Your help needed to protect methane reductions

Your help needed to protect methane reductions

By Camilla Feibelman, Rio Grande Chapter director You’ve read it here more than once. Oil and gas operations throughout the state are wasting natural gas they extract from our public lands. Methane — the key component of natural gas that also happens to be a powerful greenhouse gas — is leaked, vented or flared throughout the oil and gas drilling, transport and storage processes. As part of the Paris Climate Agreement, the Obama Administration passed rules at the EPA and BLM that would slow this waste, protect health, reduce climate change and brought more royalties into the state treasury. That ... Read More

Looking back at 55 years of the Rio Grande Chapter

Looking back at 55 years of the Rio Grande Chapter

2018 is our 55th anniversary. Throughout the year, in the Sierran and on our website, we'll be looking back at some of the events, issues, victories and struggles that shaped New Mexico and El Paso ... 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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