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US-Canada Pact Will Help Clear New Mexico Skies

US-Canada Pact Will Help Clear New Mexico Skies
Originally posted by Public News Service March 16, 2016 SANTA FE, N.M. – Environmentalists are cheering a recent agreement between President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that will reduce the release of methane from both new and existing sources. The leaders signed a wide-ranging environmental agreement last week that will help both the United States and Canada meet their obligations under the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. Camilla Feibelman, executive director of the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club, ...

Take action: Slash methane pollution on our public lands

Take action: Slash methane pollution on our public lands
The oil and gas industry is profiting from digging up and fracking our public lands. To add insult to injury, the industry is wasting huge amounts of climate-harming methane gas, by either venting it into our atmosphere or burning it off (commonly referred to as “flaring”) at drilling sites. We need strong safeguards to end this harmful pollution coming from oil and gas infrastructure. This is what the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is trying to do with a proposed set ...
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Update: PNM Rate Hike Forum

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Originally posted by Public News Service March 8, 2016 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Environmental groups, faith organizations and solar-energy businesses are hosting a forum in Albuquerque tonight to discuss the latest PNM rate proposal. The groups say the utility’s plan to raise customers’ monthly minimum payment and other fees could negatively affect both low-income ratepayers and the state’s solar-energy industry. Megan Bodenheimer, event organizer with Positive Energy Solar, thinks the power company’s proposal is aimed at slowing the growth of rooftop ...
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Northern New Mexico Group Events for March & April

Northern New Mexico Group Events for March & April
For details on any of the events below, refer to the calendar or contact Teresa Seamster. March 2016 16 – One Person-One Vote Panel, 6pm at La Farge Library, 1730 Llano St. SF 19 – Leader Appreciation dinner 6:30 pm (w/ cake & champagne) for Norma McCallan, John Buchser & Susan Martin – The Commons, 2300 W. Alameda SF (after Saturday Chapter Meeting) 24 – Conservation Meeting 7 pm at Sierra Club, 1807 2nd St. Suite 45, SF April 2016 ...
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President Obama, Prime Minister Trudeau announce climate-strategy agreement

Photo of methane flare in San Juan County courtesy of San Juan Citizens Alliance
Leaders Lay Out Plan To Drastically Cut Greenhouse Gases and Grow Clean Energy, Protect the Arctic, and Address Methane Pollution Thursday, March 10, 2016
Contact: Camilla Feibelman, (505) 715-8388, camilla.feibelman@sierraclub.org
Jonathon Berman, (202) 297-7533, jonathon.berman@sierraclub.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an agreement to address the climate crisis, expand our clean-energy economy, commit both nations to Arctic conservation, and address the need for safeguards to cut dangerous methane from both new and existing sources.
The agreement commits both ...

Statement on Signing of SB72 Into Law

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For immediate release: March 4, 2016 Contacts: Jessica Johnson, Animal Protection Voters chief legislative officer, Jessica@apnm.org, (505) 220-6656
Dan Lorimier, daniel.lorimier@sierraclub.org, 575-740-2927
Eleanor Bravo, Food and Water Watch, ebravo@fwwatch.org, 505-730-8474
Rev. Holly Beaumont, Interfaith Worker Justice — New Mexico,  hbeaumont@iwj.org, 505-660-5018 On Thursday, Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law Senate Bill 72, another effort by New Mexico’s industrial dairy industry to immunize itself from responsibility for the pollution and nuisance created by these operations. Many homeowners who live near dairies ...
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Comments submitted – Carson National Forest Revision Plan

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On February 22, 2016, the Sierra Club submitted comments related to the Carson National Forest Revision Plan. Excerpts: These comments are submitted on behalf of the Northern New Mexico Group of the Rio Grande Chapter of Sierra Club that represents 2,500 members. Nationally, Sierra Club has 2.4 million members. The Carson National Forest covers close to 1.5 million acres in northern New Mexico, and comprises some of the most biologically diverse lands and most significant watersheds in the state. Preserving ...

Comments submitted – BLM Methane Rule

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On February 15, 2016, the Sierra Club submitted comments related to the BLM’s proposed Methane Rule. The Methane Rule will clamp down on the loss of natural gas from roughly 100,000 wells on federal and tribal lands. The Sierra Club applauds Secretary Jewell on this action! Excerpts of our comments: The 2,500 members of the Northern New Mexico Group of Sierra Club commend the Bureau of Land Management for the recently proposed Methane Rule. We appreciate the opportunity to comment in ...

Comments Submitted – Santa Fe National Forest Revision Plan

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On December 10, 2015, a coalition of environmental organizations submitted comments on the Santa Fe National Forest Revision Plan, Findings from the Draft Assessment: Twelve Focus Areas and Preliminary Need for Change Statements. A summary of the comments is below: The Greater Chaco Coalition supports what the science demands in the worldwide action to reverse the devastating impacts of climate change. Up to 450 billion tons of potential greenhouse gas pollution could be immediately removed from the global pool of potential ...

Game Commission to consider wolf-holding permit Feb. 26

Game Commission to consider wolf-holding permit Feb. 26
By Mary Katherine Ray, Wildlife Chair, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter The New Mexico Game Commission has announced a special meeting to be held this Friday, Feb. 26, in Albuquerque to consider one agenda item: allowing the private Ladder Ranch to have a permit to temporarily house Mexican wolves who are on their way to Mexico. Please attend if you can to show support for our iconic southwestern wolves, which need all the help they can get! What: New Mexico Game ...
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