Climate Change

Climate Change and Global Warming

What Is the Next Big Thing in Automobiles?

Algae Biodiesel

Santa Fe’s own Fred Vang, an automotive consultant, gave a provocative seminar on the future of automobiles to a packed house on November 17. This seminar was the fourth in a series on Sustainable Living that was presented by the Northern New Mexico Group in 2009. The talk and discussion included both short-term and long term issues related to cars.

EPA Revokes Air Permit for Desert Rock

Desert Rock

September 25, San Francisco (CA) — The long-contested air permit for the controversial Sithe Global Desert Rock coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Reservation was officially revoked by the Environmental Protection Agency today due to confirmed deficiencies in the permit's environmental analysis.

No Blackstone Coal campaign launched

Rio Puerco

July 15 — As part of the Sierra Club's long term commitment to transition from dirty coal to clean energy, the No Blackstone Coal campaign was launched to influence Blackstone corporate leaders to invest in renewable energy projects instead of coal projects. So far, this campaign has caused 1500 people to send e-mails to the CEO of Blackstone urging him to invest in renewable energy and not coal projects.

Carbon Capture & Sequestration Proponents admit that It Is NOT Clean

July 14 — Clean coal is an oxymoron. In other words, it is not real. Even the most advanced coal-fired power plant designs that have been conceived are not clean….

100 Coal Plants Prevented or Abandoned Movement Sparks Shift to Cleaner Energy and Over 400 Million Fewer Tons of CO2

Wind turbines

July 9 — Washington, DC: Americans can breathe easier today as Intermountain Power’s coal plant in Utah became the 100th new coal plant to be prevented or abandoned since the beginning of the coal rush in 2001. In their place, a smart mix of clean energy solutions like energy efficiency, wind, solar and geothermal has stepped up to meet America’s energy needs.

Arizona, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation Groups Team to Transition from Coal to Clean Energy

Coal - Page, Az

June 11 — Fifteen environmental organizations from Arizona, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation are teaming together to transition from coal-fired power to clean energy.

Sierra Club leads action to Reduce Air Pollution from PNM Coal-Fired Power Plant

Coal - San Juan

May 15 — The Sierra Club, the Grand Canyon Trust, and the NM Environment Department initiated legal action against PNM to significantly reduce pollution from its San Juan coal-fired power plant. Due to this legal action, an agreement was reached that required PNM to implement environmental upgrades. These upgrades, totaling $330M, were completed in 2Q09.

One Trash Can a Year


Oct. 20, 2009 - Louise Pape, Vice Chair of the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission, led a workshop for the Northern New Mexico Group titled “One Trash Can per Year.”

Los Alamos High School Looks to Go Green

Sept 15, 2009 - The new Los Alamos High School will be green...meaning energy efficient, healthy, and beautiful.

Solar Energy for the Home: Now it costs Nothing

Solar PV - by DVW

It is now possible to have solar energy for your home without upfront investment and have positive cash flow. Recent laws passed by the New Mexico Legislature and signed by Governor Richardson have significantly changed the financial benefits of solar energy for residences.

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