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Greater Chaco Coalition celebrates new path forward for landscape protection

image of Oil and gas fields near Chaco

Biden, Haaland offer new promise to finally address sacrifice zones, environmental justice for Greater Chaco Region For Immediate Release:  November 15, 2021 Contact: Daniel Tso, Chairman, Health Education and Human Services 24th Navajo Nation Council, danieltso@navajo-nsn.gov, (928) 318-0039 Mario Atencio, Diné Citizens Against Ruining our Environment, mario.atencio@dine-care.org, (505) 321-9974 Julia Bernal, Pueblo Action Alliance, julia.f.bernal@gmail.com, (505) 220-0051 Corn Howland, Diné Allottees Against Oil Exploitation, howland4114@gmail.com, (505) 469-8229 Greater Chaco Coalition Celebrates New Path Forward for Landscape Protection Counselor, NM — Members of the Greater Chaco Coalition are applauding President Joe Biden and Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s announcement ... 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

For immediate release: Nov. 2, 2021 Washington, DC — On Tuesday, 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. Although the Trump administration sought to eliminate Obama-era limits on methane pollution from new oil and gas equipment, President Biden signed legislation this past June reinstating those safeguards. If ... 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

PRC approves strong EV infrastructure plan for SPS

PRC approves strong EV infrastructure plan for SPS

On Sept. 22, New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission approved Southwestern Public Service Company’s Transportation Electrification Plan — essentially a state-required plan for adding electric-vehicle infrastructure — with some important improvements your actions helped secure. Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy and Sierra Club fought hard to make sure that the plan provides New Mexicans adequate rebates for installing home EV fast chargers and ease of payment at public charging stations.  ... Read More

Endorsements for 2021 Local Elections

Endorsements for 2021 Local Elections

Election day is November 2, and in odd-numbered years like this, we vote on non-partisan elections, which include municipal and certain other local elections. The Rio Grande Chapter has endorsed mayoral and city council candidates in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces. In addition, the Chapter has endorsed candidates for the Boards of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, which do great conservation work at the local level. Finally, we have endorsed candidates for the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Directors, which is ground zero for equity issues and climate education. Read about the endorsements here, and please vote! ... Read More

Fall 2021 Outings

Fall 2021 Outings

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

Virtual Art Show – Recycled Art

Virtual Art Show – Recycled Art

Join us online for a juried recycled art exhibition. Of 77 entries, 35 were chosen and are listed in order of the 6 prize winners and then alphabetical by artist. Twelve of the entries are for sale, the price included in the title. All sales benefit the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter ... 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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