Chapter Executive Committee: Mayane Barudin: Mayane advocates for inclusive renewable energy policy development and implementation. A proud Indigenous woman and a Tribal member of Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico, Mayane hopes to enable economic prosperity and environmental justice for her
2021 Election Roundup (with Albuquerque runoffs still pending)
Thanks to everyone who voted in the 2021 local elections, and a super big thanks to all of you who got out and worked for the election of our endorsed candidates. The results were mostly good, but with some disappointments.
If you live in Albuquerque Council Districts 7 or 9, it’s urgent you vote in the December 7 runoff!
If you live in Albuquerque District 7 or District 9, it’s urgent that you vote! This is a nonpartisan election, but both of the candidates endorsed by the Sierra Club are Democrats running against Republicans. In the last City runoff election, the Republican vote dropped off 18% from the general election vote, while the Democratic vote dropped off 32%. That’s the difference between winning and losing these races. So far, in Rob Grilley’s race, Republicans are outvoting Democrats. 46.7% of the votes have been cast by Republicans, while only 40% have been cast by Democrats.
Greater Chaco Coalition celebrates new path forward for landscape protection
Members of the Greater Chaco Coalition are applauding President Joe Biden and Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s announcement to finally address environmental justice and meaningful tribal consultation for the Greater Chaco region by launching a new collaborative landscape level planning process in 2022 with Tribes, elected officials, communities, and stakeholders.
Analysis of EPA’s New Proposed Methane Safeguards
On November 2, policy experts, frontline leaders, and corporate accountability advocates joined a press briefing to respond to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed new Clean Air Act safeguards to reduce methane and other harmful pollutants from new and existing sources in the oil and natural gas industry which were announced earlier today.
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.