Climate Change

Climate Change and Global Warming

ABQ Energy Code Rollback a Step in Wrong Direction

Green Building

Published in the ABQ Journal on August 10

by Shrayas Jatkar, Sierra Club; City Councilor Ike Benton and Tammy Fiebelkorn, eSolved.

We strongly oppose the move to scrap Albuquerque's energy-saving building code. The guaranteed outcomes from such a move are greater energy waste, higher monthly utility bills for consumers and increased pollution.

EPA Protects Public Health, Essential Regional Economic Resource with San Juan Generating Station Ruling

Desert Rock

Sierra Club Applauds EPA Action

August 5 - Farmington, NM – The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 6 office today announced its final decision to require the installation of industry-standard pollution controls on the San Juan Generating Station coal-fired power plant near Farmington, New Mexico. The pollution controls will substantially reduce hazardous air pollution from the aging coal-fired power plant, protecting both public health and tourism revenue at nearby National Parks. For years, pollution from the San Juan Generating Station has marred views at National Parks such as the Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde, threatening local economies that depend on tourism revenue from park visitors.

Sorry, PNM: New Mexico’s cost for clean air likely to be $160 million, not $1000 million

August 8 - PNM claims that it will cost them $1000 million to implement EPA required pollution controls at the San Juan Generating Station in Farmington, that were announced on August 5.

PNM does not report that the EPA’s report of August 5 shows that it should cost $345 million. The EPA report of August 5 says, “Over 300 retrofit SCRs have been installed since the early 1990s in the United States. Accordingly, constructability issues are well understood.” The EPA report says that PNM’s cost estimates are 77% higher than the highest prior SCR project on record. (SCR is the pollution control technology required to meet the EPA requirements.)

When you consider the fact that PNM owns 46% of the plant, the cost that PNM should be highlighting to New Mexicans is $160 million (345 x 0.46), not $1000 million.

The entire EPA ruling is attached.

Investments in Coal causing rate increases

published by the Deming Headlight on July 27. This letter to the editor was created in response to a story from Marita Noon

I think there are a few facts that should be published that Ms. Noon is unaware will help clarify the situation.

The cost of electricity for PNM customers has increased by 25 percent in recent years. None of this increase was associated with renewable energy.

PNM has requested another 20 percent rate increase this year. Only 2 percent of this rate increase is associated with renewable energy.

Find Savings In Energy Efficiency

By Chuck Noble / Attorney for Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy. Originally published on Sunday, July 24, 2011 in the Albuquerque Journal

On July 18, PNM filed a document with the Public Regulation Commission called an Integrated Resource Plan. PNM’s Integrated Resource Plan is intended to provide a road map to the company and regulators for what new power plants or other supply- or demand-side resources will need to be acquired to meet customer electric demands until 2030.

Speak out for Energy Savings!

Green Building

Once again, the Martinez Administration has chosen ideology over common sense.

Last month, we told you about Governor Martinez' efforts to roll back our excellent, energy- and money-saving building codes. Thousands of you responded by asking the Administration to keep our codes intact.

Unfortunately, the scene at the Construction Industries Commission meeting, where this issue was decided, was a farce. There was no debate and no mention of the public meetings that had been held. The commission voted 7-1 to scrap the energy conservation code adopted last year.

This roll-back of the building codes increases the cost of new home ownership!

Write a letter to the editor of your local paper -- let them know how crazy this is.

Climate Change - American Public Health Association

The American Public Health Association published Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role in April 2011. This document has many useful charts and information regarding the impact of climate change. Please follow this link to access it.

Included in this report is the chart that shows that 98% of climatologists, who are active in publishing on climate change, believe that climate change is human caused.

Climate Change link to Wildfires in NM


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:,

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.

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