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Sierra Club wrap-up of NM legislative session 2022

Sierra Club wrap-up of NM legislative session 2022
If New Mexico’s 30-day legislative session ended at noon today with what felt like a series of big news and crashes and burns, that's in part because lawmakers introduced and New Mexicans fought for some of the strongest and most transformational climate and democracy legislation in years, compressed into a crushing timeline that has always been inadequate to suit New Mexico's needs.  ...
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Statement on PNM’s San Juan Generating Station summer plans

Statement on PNM’s San Juan Generating Station summer plans
Climate change – and the more frequent and intense heat waves it brings – is putting greater strain on our electric grid. PNM faces an added challenge during 2022’s peak-demand summer season because the pandemic and subsequent supply-chain issues have slowed construction of resources to replace the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station, which is set to retire in June. Keeping San Juan running an extra three months may be necessary to keep PNM’s reserve margin high enough until replacement resources start ...
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The Clean Future Act: Reduce greenhouse gases across New Mexico economy

Click here to tell Gov. Lujan Grisham and your legislators know how important it is to eliminate climate pollution Sponsors: Rep. Nathan Small, Speaker Brian Egolf, Rep. Kristina Ortez, Sen. Mimi Stewart, Sen. Siah Correa Hemphill  The clean-energy transition is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to diversify our economy, raise new revenue, and create good jobs, in addition to tackling the climate and health impacts we already see across New Mexico. For our climate, our health, and our economy, it’s time to ...
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No on SB194: Gas-fueled hydrogen plants are NOT renewable energy

No on SB194: Gas-fueled hydrogen plants are NOT renewable energy
SB194 will be heard in Senate Conservation Committee at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8. If your Senator is on the committee, write your senator a personal note in opposition. If not, please write Sens. Liz Stefanics, Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez, Bill Soules, Carrie Hamblen, Harold Pope and Joseph Cervantes. Please attend the hearing Tuesday, either in person or remotely (here’s the Zoom link). SB194 changes the definition of “renewable energy” in the Renewable Energy Act to include hydrogen-based electric power if carbon ...
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New Mexico’s HB4 “Hydrogen Hub Act” presents climate threat

New Mexico's HB4 "Hydrogen Hub Act" presents climate threat
Hydrogen production, especially hydrogen derived from methane, presents many different types of pollution, safety and local health threats along the production and distribution chain, including: 
  • Significant, climate-damaging methane emissions from extraction and transportation; 
  • CO2 pollution from the process to produce hydrogen and from the gas burned to power that process; 
  • NOx pollution from combusting hydrogen (up to 6x burning methane); 
  • Pipelines that are not suited to carry hydrogen (potentially causing leaks and safety risks); 
  • End-use explosion and health risks ...
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Winter 2022 Outings

Winter 2022 Outings
Get out and join us! Trips range from easy recycling facility tour to moderate bike-and-hike ...
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2022 Legislative Tracker

See a list of priority bills for the current session that the Rio Grande Chapter is for the 2022 legislative session ...
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Member focus: Gordon and Martia Glass

Member focus: Gordon and Martia Glass
According to a post by his family on social media, Gordon Glass passed away Jan. 23: “Gordon left his earthly journey this morning and headed out on his next trail. He was grateful for the love and caring from all of you these past 10 months as he lived with Glioblastoma. He would want to say goodbye and best wishes to everybody who touched his life.” Below is the profile on Gordon and Martia Glass by outings leader Hart ...
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Transformational climate legislation in New Mexico

Transformational climate legislation in New Mexico
HB6: The Clean Future Act  Bill Sponsors: Rep. Nathan Small, Sen. Siah Correa Hemphill; On the Governor’s Call  As New Mexicans experience prolonged drought, devastating forest fires, unprecedented heat waves, and pollution from industries right here at home, we must prioritize just climate solutions that protect our people and preserve our air, water, and climate.  In addition to protecting our health and tackling the climate impacts we’re already seeing across the state, the clean-energy transition is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ...
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Greater Chaco Coalition Demands More Than Piece-Meal Protection in Response to 10-Mile Buffer

Greater Chaco Coalition Demands More Than Piece-Meal Protection in Response to 10-Mile Buffer
Despite applauding President Joe Biden and Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s announcement in November to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape through a still-undefined “Honoring Chaco” process, members of the Greater Chaco Coalition are tempering their enthusiasm for the Department of Interior’s notice today of a 90-day public comment process surrounding the 20 year administrative withdrawal of federal minerals from future oil and gas leasing within a 10-mile buffer around Chaco Culture National Park, as the administration has reneged ...
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