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NM Supreme Court Rules ETA Constitutional

NM Supreme Court Rules ETA Constitutional

The New Mexico Supreme Court today rejected New Energy Economy’s challenges to the constitutionality of the Energy Transition Act (ETA) and upheld the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) decision relating to the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station. These rulings end months of delays in sending transition funds to communities and issuing bonds that will reduce customer costs ... Read More

2021 Year in Review

2021 Year in Review

Some of the key environment- and justice-related events of 2021: January

  • Almost immediately after assuming office, President Joseph Biden issues an order to temporarily suspend new federal oil and gas leasing on public lands. The pause does not affect existing leases or drilling permits, and royalty revenue to the state is uninterrupted.
  • New Mexico Legislature begins first virtual session. 

February

  • The remote Ojo Encino Chapter House, west of Cuba, N.M., and in the greater Chaco Canyon area, is the first Navajo chapter to go online with continuous local air-quality monitoring using the ... Read More

EPA proposes major curbs on oil & gas methane but must strengthen them

EPA proposes major curbs on oil & gas methane but must strengthen them

On November 2, the Environmental Protection Agency released critical new draft rules to reduce methane emissions and other pollution from the oil and gas industry. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is more than 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. Methane is also emitted alongside other harmful pollution that puts communities at risk of serious negative health effects ... Read More

A real climate plan for New Mexico to invest in

A real climate plan for New Mexico to invest in

A coalition of climate and community groups has been working together to propose a broad plan for New Mexico to address climate change and provide market mechanisms to protect communities and drive equitable economic innovation. The package would also include appropriations to invest in grants to support energy-efficiency improvements for low- and moderate-income families; decarbonization credits for small business; and fleet electrification and other job-creating investments ... Read More

Fossil-fuel hydrogen a climate threat, not a solution

Hydrogen facts

On October 5, a coalition of New Mexico community, environmental, and justice organizations warned state and federal lawmakers of the risks of diving head-first into fossil-fueled hydrogen projects. The groups’ letter provides guidance on the context and safeguards that must be enacted before hydrogen projects are considered in the San Juan Basin, and in New Mexico generally.The oil and gas industry has lobbied for billions in taxpayer funds for hydrogen in the coming federal infrastructure bill, and states, including New Mexico, are scrambling to win those funds for “hydrogen hubs.” But hydrogen derived from fossil gas presents significant climate and ... Read More

Fall 2021 Outings

Fall 2021 Outings

Join us for outings, work projects and other outdoor-oriented events ... 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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