Zero Waste beer-and-wine social

Beer ‘n’ Wine social Friday, April 24, with snacks, item swap (bring donation items in good condition), games and prizes. Adam Schlachter, new recycling/outreach coordinator at the Santa Fe Solid Waste Agency, will be the speaker. Come have fun with us!
The Commons, 2300 W. Alameda, Santa Fe, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24.
2300 W Alameda St, Santa Fe, NM 87507
Please RSVP Sharon Guerrero at floogiebaloot@yahoo.com

PRC hearing examiner recommends dismissal of PNM rate case

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.

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

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.

Clean-water coalition, industry reach settlement on Dairy Rule

The average New Mexico dairy holds 2,000 cows and produces more waste daily than a small city.

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.

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Kinder cancels CO2 pipeline through New Mexico

By Teresa Seamster, Northern N.M. Group/Resistiendo member
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.

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 transition to clean renewable energy.

PNM’s Plans To Burn More Coal

TABLED: Bill gutting Renewable Energy Act dies in Senate

On Tuesday, 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.

Preemption bills would kill local oil and gas safeguards

Some legislators are putting oil and gas short-term profits over the health and safety of our families.

UPDATE: All of these bills were tabled in the state Senate and none were passed! Thank you for contacting your senators!

Numerous counties and cities around New Mexico, prompted by citizens' recognition that state oil and gas rules don’t provide adequate protection, have created local rules and ordinances aimed at protecting against negative impacts of oil and gas drilling.

Local Climate Change Guru Hits Rolling Stone

The team led by Nate McDowel, Earth Systems Observations Group, 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.

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