Pivotal Moments of the Development of the Voting Rights Act

Pivotal Moments of the Development of the Voting Rights Act
Why are voting rights not just a lawful right, but a privilege? Why is your right to exercise your vote and make your voice heard vital? ...
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/ Justice, Voting

The Climate Crisis – Solutions from New Mexico

The Climate Crisis - Solutions from New Mexico
The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club, New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, Environment New Mexico, and Western Leaders Network are co-hosting a webinar on Thursday, August 27th at 2pm with U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján to highlight the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis’ report on Solving the Climate Crisis and its importance for New Mexico ...
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/ Climate Change, Events

Sierra Club – Rio Grande Chapter Responds to Publication of Draft NM Methane Rule 

Sierra Club - Rio Grande Chapter Responds to Publication of Draft NM Methane Rule 
We are grateful that the Lujan Grisham Administration is moving forward with rules, addressing the global climate crisis, even while facing the urgency of the pandemic ...
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/ Press Release

New Mexicans Criticize the Trump Administration’s Reversal of EPA Oil and Gas Pollution Protections 

New Mexicans Criticize the Trump Administration’s Reversal of EPA Oil and Gas Pollution Protections 
On August 14, the US EPA finalized its proposals to eliminate methane protections from the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards. This rollback undermines EPA’s own mission by threatening public health, and disproportionately hurts Black and Brown communities who are already exposed to air pollution from oil and gas development at much higher rates – the same communities that are already suffering the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic ...
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Low-Income and Environmental Advocates Applaud New Mexico’s New Energy Conservation Building Code

Low-Income and Environmental Advocates Applaud New Mexico’s New Energy Conservation Building Code
The New Mexico Construction Industries Commission voted on 8/7 to adopt a statewide energy conservation code based on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code. This new code will bring NM up to date with its energy code for new buildings, reducing energy use in new residential and commercial buildings by about 25 percent ...
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/ Climate Change, Press Release

Comment deadline on Chaco plan extended

Comment deadline on Chaco plan extended
As federal and state health guidelines were announced in March in response to COVID-19, New Mexico’s entire congressional delegation, Tribal leaders, Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Dept., and multiple groups called on Interior Secretary Bernhardt to extend the May 28 comment deadline to allow for the public and state and tribal governments to meaningfully engage. Instead of heeding pleas to extend the comment period, 15 days before the deadline the BLM and BIA held four virtual meetings. That did not ...
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/ Climate Change, Land, Latest News

SunZia line drops plan for Escondida crossing

SunZia line drops plan for Escondida crossing
In a surprise  move in May, the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project announced that it is abandoning its proposed electrical transmission line on the White Sands Missile Range and the Rio Grande crossing at Escondida just north of Socorro and Bosque del Apache that had drawn deep concerns about the harm the overhead lines posed to migratory birds, especially Sandhill cranes, raptors and other waterfowl.  ...
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/ Climate Change, Land

Wolf news, good and bad

Wolf news, good and bad
Mexican wolves, the most imperiled canine species in the world, have made progress in the last three months but have also suffered setbacks. In May, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that a record 20 pups were cross-fostered from captive wolves into wild dens. FWS has been using this practice to insert profoundly needed genes from the captive population into the wild. Cross-fostering requires that pups from captivity be within days of the same age as pups in the ...
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/ Wildlife

Crashing oil industry hobbles NM

Crashing oil industry hobbles NM
New Mexico has put itself into a box with its heavy reliance on oil and gas revenues — now approximately one-third of the state’s budget, a percentage that increased significantly after tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations were passed in 2003 and 2013. To be clear, the state’s economy is far broader than oil and gas, but we have failed to build a tax structure that is fair and resilient. In order to diversify our economy and build a ...
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/ Climate Change, Latest News, Politics

A Piece of Ground on Which to Stand

A Piece of Ground on Which to Stand
Welcome to our virtual art show. This show features paintings by Dinah Norris Matchael ...
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