Sierra Club launches Returning Wolf to Texas Initiative

Sierra Club launches Returning Wolf to Texas Initiative
The Sierra Club El Paso Group will launch a new Return of the Wolf to Texas Education Initiative with a lecture by Rick LoBello at the Rubin Center on the UTEP campus on March 18, 2015, at 6pm. The free program is open to the public and is part of the Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy event at the center from Feb 5-April 25. Prior to the war against the wolf that started in the 1800s and ended ...
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/ El Paso Group, Latest News, Wildlife

Facts on the future of coal-fired San Juan Generating Station

Facts on the future of coal-fired San Juan Generating Station
For decades, PNM’s San Juan Generating Station – a coal-fired power plant near Farmington, New Mexico – has threatened our air, land, and water with toxic pollution. From soot and smog to arsenic and mercury, the harmful pollution from the plant has endangered the health and well-being of families throughout the Four Corners region. Today, our state and public officials face a choice: prolong the life of one of our region’s greatest public health threats or take this opportunity to ...
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New Mexico at center of Obama’s climate-change proposal

New Mexico at center of Obama's climate-change proposal
By Troy Wllde, Public News Service New Mexico may be among the states most impacted by President Barack Obama's effort to regulate and reduce methane gas emissions. Mike Eisenfeld, New Mexico energy coordinator for the advocacy group San Juan Citizens Alliance, says NASA released a report last year that shows the Four Corners region is a hot spot, responsible for producing the largest concentration of methane seen over the United States. He says the proposed regulations should be implemented with ...
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Senator Heinrich makes speech opposing Keystone Pipeline

Photo of the Keystone Pipeline by Ray Bodden for the Rio Grande Sierra Club website
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, delivered a speech on the Senate floor in opposition to legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. Watch his speech here. Featured photo by Ray Bodden ...
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Bill gutting Renewable Energy Act dies in Senate

Bill gutting Renewable Energy Act dies in Senate
On March 17, the New Mexico Senate Conservation Committee voted 6-2 to table HB 445, which sought to eliminate New Mexico’s requirement for 20 percent renewable energy by 2020. Tabling HB 445, sponsored by Rep. Larry Scott (R-Lea), means it is most likely dead for this session. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 33-32 last week. Had it passed the Senate, it almost surely would have been signed by the governor into law. HB 445 would have ...
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Local climate guru hits Rolling Stone

Local climate guru hits Rolling Stone
The team led by Nate McDowell of the Earth Systems Observations Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been studying climate change for many years. The effect of global warming and drought on tree physiology is often ignored or even unknown by not only climate deniers but committed environmentalists. Rolling Stone’s latest article on climate change shows how the effects of higher temperatures and drought kill trees, and how tree death exacerbates climate change, and McDowell is interviewed. READ THE FULL ARTICLE ...
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Kinder cancels CO2 pipeline through New Mexico

Kinder cancels CO2 pipeline through New Mexico
A huge sigh of relief was heard from residents from Quemado to Mountainair on the evening of Jan. 21 after Kinder Morgan announced the cancellation of its plans to build the massive Lobos CO2 pipeline through central New Mexico. Some 1,100 landowners in three counties, health organizations and environmental groups including Sierra Club had registered their concerns for over a year about the pipeline’s impact on land values, road safety, water supplies and community health to Bureau of Land Management, ...
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Also recommends regulators reject PNM’s rooftop solar tax proposal ALBUQUERQUE – The future of coal at the San Juan Generating Station grew cloudier today after a New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) hearing examiner recommended that the commissioners reject PNM’s proposal for a large rate hike along with plans to impose a monthly fee on residents who install rooftop solar. The Hearing Examiner recommended rejection of PNM’s rate hike application due to the application being incomplete and without proper support ...
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Clean-water coalition, industry reach settlement on Dairy Rule

Photo of cows in a dairy farm for the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter website
On Monday, April 6, the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission expressed support for a settlement between the Citizens Dairy Coalition (which includes the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter), the dairy industry, the New Mexico Attorney General and the New Mexico Environment Department that retains some of the protections of our state’s current, unenforced Dairy Rule. The commission will vote on the new rule at its May meeting in Santa Fe. The agreement is far less threatening to our drinking ...
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/ Southern New Mexico Group, Water

Hearing examiner gives PNM’s San Juan coal plan thumbs-down

Photo of San Juan Power Plant for Sierra Club article on PNM's utility rate hike proposal rejected by the NM PRC
ALBUQUERQUE – PNM’s plan to double down on burning coal at the San Juan Generating Station faces a new hurdle after a New Mexico Public Regulation Commission hearing examiner recommended that the commission reject PNM’s request to increase its share of coal at the plant’s Unit 4. In his April 8 recommendation to the PRC commissioners, Ashley Schannauer, the independent hearing examiner overseeing PNM’s request to the Commission, found that PNM’s proposal to acquire an increased portion of the San ...
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