Climate Change

Climate Change and Global Warming

Climate Change link to Wildfires in NM

EarthinHands

Only John Fleck of the Journal has connected the obvious dots between wildfires and climate. I've emailed other reporters to ask them to discuss this connection -- while complex, it should not be ignored: Warming will make conditions conducive to fires worse and worse.

If a few more people wrote a short note to each of these fire reporters, it would be hard for them to ignore. After all, they can talk to scientists right at the center of things in Los Alamos.

Staci Matlock and Nico Roesler of The New Mexican: smatlock@sfnewmexican.com, nroesler@sfnewmexican.com


How might climate change affect New Mexico?

By Mona Blaber

Every study released lately seems to have worse news about climate change, but it’s hard to translate the figures and statistics into any kind of idea of how life will change in New Mexico, or any region, in the coming decades. I asked University of New Mexico Earth and Planetary Sciences professor David Gutzler, who has researched climate variability in the West, about what these predictions mean for us.


New Mexico Board Chooses Pollution

Desert Rock

State considered information provided by PNM, not EPA

State plan would have 4 times as much pollution

In the last issue of The Sierran, I wrote about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to install pollution controls on two coal plants in New Mexico’s Four Corners region (San Juan Generating Station and Four Corners Power Plant). The EPA’s proposal for selective catalytic reduction controls would reduce the amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emitted by the plant by 80 percent.


New Mexicans Decry Construction Industries Commission, Vote to Revoke Energy-Saving Building Code

Governor Martinez plan to scrap 2009 NM Energy Conservation Code will prompt energy waste, higher utility bills and increased pollution

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The state’s Construction Industries Commission voted today to scrap the 2009 NM Energy Conservation Code (NMECC) that was adopted in 2010 after a series of open and public hearings that included evidence from stakeholders across the state. At the same time, the Commission voted to adopt a new energy-wasting code that would meet the bare minimum federal standards without any of the New Mexico-specific features that were incorporated into the 2009 NMECC.


U.S. Population key factor

EarthinHands

It’s great to see youth interested in population (April, May, June edition), but disappointing that they are apparently unaware of the part population super giants—such as the United States—play. I hope the Sierra Club, 30 years ago a leader on domestic population issues, is not misleading youth.


State commission's repeal won't change Santa Fe's green codes

Green Building Code in Santa Fe Approved

Originally published in the Santa Fe New Mexican on June 11

The decision Friday by the state Construction Industries Commission to repeal an energy efficiency code won't affect the city of Santa Fe's green building policies.

The City Council approved a new green building code in 2009 that was more stringent than the state's.

The city's building code requires new houses to achieve a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index of 70.


NM Building Codes Under Attack

Green Building

9 am - noon, Thursday, June 2
Public hearings in Albquerque, Farmington, Las Cruces, & Roswell.

Secret meetings. Gag orders on staff. Suspending state officials for not complying with Governor Martinez’s heavy-handedness. These are the tactics being employed by the Martinez Administration in an ongoing attempt to rollback our sensible, energy-saving, money-saving building codes.

Add your comment to the public record.

Please consider reading your statement at one of the upcoming public hearings being held around the state on June 2nd. Stand up for better building codes and energy efficiency – the fastest, safest, and cheapest way to reign in global warming pollution!


Having Fun while Saving Money and the Environment

Solar Thermal Panels by DVW

How to Reduce your Carbon Footprint, Send Less Money to Middle Eastern Kleptocracies, Reduce Pollution from the Canadian Tar Sands, and Save a Ton of Money, while Having Fun

By Dexter Coolidge

Solar thermal for heating the house is, of course, used only part of the year. However, last year we took the leap to heat the whole house with solar thermal, with a boiler assist, largely for environmental reasons. I am exhilarated by the results. The environmental impact has been far greater than I expected and the dollar savings have astonished me.


Gov, Hands Off Our Building Codes!

Green Building

Timeline of Energy-Saving Building Codes

June 15, 2011

Construction Industries Division (CID) files the new building code with the
State Records Center for publication. The effective date is August 1, 2011
with a six-month grace period.
Impact: Homes and commercial buildings can be built to the
2006 NM energy code until February 1, 2012 if they want to.

For the complete timeline of events, open this story.


PNM’s Continued Investments in Fossil Fuels Drive Large Electricity Rate Increases

Solar PV - by DVW

April 15 - “PNM is currently seeking to raise its rates well over $100 million per year - the largest increase in New Mexico history. At the same time, PNM is not doing nearly enough to mitigate this and future proposed rate increases driven by its continued investment in old, dirty fossil-fuel power plants,” Don Hancock, Chairman of the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, said Friday.


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