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2023 Legislative Tracker

View our 2023 Legislative Tracker - priority bills

2023 New Mexico legislative preview

2023 New Mexico legislative preview

By Luis Guerrero, Rio Grande Chapter legislative and political organizer This year is a “long” 60-day New Mexico legislative session starting Jan. 17, and there will be many exciting opportunities for Sierra Club members to provide input and participate (sometimes late into the night!) in the process. Below are a few of the bills we will be advocating for or against in this legislative session: CLIMATE & ENERGY Climate Solutions and Just Transition  This legislation will put into law aspects of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Executive Order on Climate Change and create a comprehensive framework for addressing climate change in ... Read More

2022 Year in Review

2022 Year in Review

2022 was a wild and wacky year. There are some wins and some losses. Review our successes and failures ... Read More

2023 legislature Preview

2023 legislature Preview

This year is a “long” 60-day legislative session starting January 17, and there will be many exciting opportunities for Sierra Club members to provide input and participate (sometimes late into the night!) in the process. Here are a few of the bills we are expecting and will be advocating for or against in the coming session ... Read More

Winter 2023 Outings

Winter 2023 Outings

Rio Grande Sierra Club hikes and outings for January - April 2023 ... Read More

800 MW of coal no longer burning

800 MW of coal no longer burning

Partially delayed and accompanied by drama and uncertainty, the last operating stack at San Juan Generating Station in Waterflow, N,M., burned its last ton of coal in the early morning of Sept. 29. Read local residents' reactions ... Read More

Community groups cheer PRC denial of PNM effort to delay rate credits, community transition funds

Community groups cheer PRC denial of PNM effort to delay rate credits, community transition funds

Ruling preserves $8/month savings for average customer, immediate issuance of community funding when San Juan Generating Station closes Sept. 30 For immediate release: July 21, 2022 The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission on Thursday denied PNM’s motion for a stay on the commission’s June 29 order, meaning the utility must credit customers for the savings from closing the San Juan Generating Station coal-fired power plant. The commissioners said PNM’s motion did not fulfill any of the four requirements for a stay.   The commission in June agreed with environmental and consumer groups and blocked PNM’s plan to keep charging customers for ... Read More

144,377 New Mexicans, including 38,749 children, Threatened by Oil and Gas Industry Air Pollution

144,377 New Mexicans, including 38,749 children, Threatened by Oil and Gas Industry Air Pollution

A new geospatial analysis released by Earthworks today shows 144,377 New Mexicans including 38,749 children, reside near or attend schools or daycares within a ½ mile threat radius of active oil and gas operations. In the San Juan Basin nearly 80% of the population lives within this radius. In the NM Permian Basin the map shows a nearly 40% increase in Lea County alone of people living within the threat radius since 2017 ... 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 protecting our climate, air, water, wildlife and public lands in New Mexico and West Texas.

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