Climate Change

Climate Change and Global Warming

Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter legislative priorities

Roundhouse - by Dan Lorimier

Renewing solar credits crucial to economic development, stopping killing contests and trapping among positive legislation

SANTA FE — Rio Grande Chapter volunteers and staff are advocating for and against dozens of bills at the Roundhouse during the 2015 New Mexico legislative session.

“With new leadership in the House of Representatives, we hope corporate lobbyists will not have increased influence to pass bills that threaten New Mexicans’ health, air, water and climate, as well as the state’s wildlife and public lands,” said chapter Conservation Coordinator Dan Lorimier.


NM at Center of Obama's Climate-Change Proposal

Oil Drilling

January 22, 2015 - Troy Wilde, Public News Service (NM)

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FARMINGTON, N.M. – 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.


Kinder Morgan landmen back for CO2 project

Teresa Seamster, Northern New Mexico Group Co-Chair, December 20, 2015

The Kinder Morgan landmen are back in Torrance County, trying to acquire land from ranchers for a pipe yard on Highway 41 south of Estancia, and prime vega land from landowners south of Highway 60 for their pipeline operation to carry carbon dioxide.

Many informed residents in the county have spoken publicly in opposition to the pipeline, and no permits for a pipe yard will be considered until after the draft Environmental Impact Statement is released in 2015.


Coal mine would be a dirty deal for PNM ratepayers

Coal Waste

By Mona Blaber

PNM appears to be placing all its bets on climate-killing coal.

In addition to its recently announced plans for a 12 percent rate hike and a $20-$30 fee for solar users, PNM has revealed it is considering buying San Juan Coal Mine in order to prop up the aging and polluting San Juan Generating Station.

According to PNM’s most recent quarterly earnings report, the utility has interest in purchasing the San Juan mine, which would prolong the life of one of the region’s biggest threats to public health and our climate.


PNM requests rate hike, fine for solar users

Coal - San Juan

By Mona Blaber, Chapter Communications Coordinator

Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) proposed a rate plan Dec. 12 that would hike the average resident’s rates by 14 percent while lowering some of the largest users’ rates by more than 7 percent.

PNM also wants to impose a monthly fee of about $20 to $30 on those who install solar energy at their homes.

Under the proposal, PNM claims that New Mexico’s biggest corporations are subsidizing residential users, and that’s why it is lowering the biggest customers’ bills and raising the bills of the smallest users.


Tell the PRC: A coal mine would be a disastrous investment for PNM

Coal - San Juan

December 20, 2014

PNM appears to be placing all its bets on climate-killing coal.

In addition to its request for a 12 percent rate hike and a $21-$36 monthly fee for everyone who installs home solar, PNM is still considering buying San Juan Coal Mine in order to prop up the aging and polluting San Juan Generating Station.

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is currently reviewing PNM's plans for the future of San Juan Generating Station. Now is the time to tell the PRC you want a clean-energy future, not a gamble on an aging coal mine: http://bit.ly/1wUnE0S


PNM Plans to Waste Tens of Billions of Gallons of Water by Burning Fossil Fuels

For Immediate Release: June 25, 2014
Contact: David Robertson, Sierra Club – Rio Grande Chapter, 505-803-6242

Albuquerque, NM --- The Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) is squandering a chance to save tens of billions of gallons of water through the year 2033 by investing in large-scale, cost-effective renewable energy. PNM is instead planning to use mostly nuclear, coal, and natural gas, all highly water intensive, to replace the power from two soon to be shuttered stacks at the San Juan Generating Stations in northwestern New Mexico. The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club and 350 New Mexico issued its “PNM Water You Thinking Report” today detailing PNM's plan to unnecessarily consume large amounts of water in power production, which the utility described in their December filing to the Public Regulation Commission (PRC).


Clean Energy Solutions

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Clean Energy News

The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club is focused on energy issues that have a direct impact on climate change, air pollution, and the green economy. These activities are part of the national Sierra Club priorities “Beyond Coal,” “Clean Energy Solutions,” and “Federal and International Climate Campaign.”


Cool Cities Campaign

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Cool Cities News

The Sierra Club’s Cool Cities Campaign works with cities that have joined the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to accelerate their implementation of effective programs.

To date, more than 1000 mayors nationwide have signed the agreement. In New Mexico, seven cities are participating in the program: Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Capitan, Las Cruces, Ruidoso, Santa Fe (City and County), and Taos. Under the agreement, participating cities commit to take the following three actions:


Santa Fe's Mike Williams Wins National SC Award

Michael Williams headshot

By Susan Martin, Northern New Mexico Group

On Nov. 21 in San Francisco, the national Sierra Club awarded Santa Fe’s Michael Williams the Special Service Award for strong and consistent commitment to conservation over an extended period of time.


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