Significant Court Win Clears the Way for Better, Cleaner Car Standards

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Federal Court of Appeals Ruling Will Help Create Better Transportation Choices for Americans and Reduce Dangerous Air Pollution

April 29, Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Court of Appeals today rejected the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s attempt to overturn California’s authority to implement tailpipe carbon pollution standards for new cars – this was the final legal attack on California’s landmark carbon pollution standards.

Mora County citizens take leadership

Mora Field

By Kathleen Dudley
Co-founder, Drilling Mora County

In July 2009, during a public community meeting on oil/gas development in Mora County, a Royal Dutch Shell spokesperson stated they would drill here in 2010. Whether that was a threat, an act of intimidation, or a hope on the part of SWEPI, a Denver-based Shell subsidiary, is unknown. But today, there has been no movement by the oil industry to apply for permits in Mora County. And no drilling is taking place.

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.

Sierra Club Launches Interactive Map of U.S. Coal-fired Power Plants

Coal - Page, Az

Powerful New Tool Highlights Toxic Mercury Hotspots, Outlines Roadmap for Moving America Beyond Coal

April 28 - SAN FRANCISCO – After recently celebrating the defeat of the 152nd proposed coal-fired power plant prevented or abandoned in the past decade, the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign announced today that it would shift its focus toward replacing the nation’s existing fleet of dirty coal plants with clean energy sources. A new comprehensive, interactive map of the approximately 500 existing U.S. coal-fired power plants will help guide concerned Americans and public officials as they seize this historic opportunity to stand up for clean energy.

Find the coal plants nearest to you at

Viva Verde Guide Update - green businesses and resources in southern New Mexico

What's New at Viva Verde?

Viva Verde's goal is to connect community members in southern New Mexico with the local green goods, services and resources to be more energy efficient, save on energy costs, and to live more lightly on the planet. We want to promote local green businesses and organizations that are accessible to everyone and that contribute to more sustainable communities.

Updated, Bilingual Edition of the Viva Verde Guide for Southern New Mexico:

Skies clear — for now

Desert Rock

Multiple attacks on clean air, water, climate at New Mexico Legislature session are all unsuccessful

By Dan Lorimier, RG Chapter lobbyist
During the last two years of Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration in New Mexico, key environmental and public health rules were adopted to protect New Mexico’s citizens and natural resources. Two examples are the carbon cap-and-trade regulations set to start in 2012 and the new dairy waste-discharge regulations that are ready to go into effect now.

EPA Protections Against Dangerous Coal Pollution Considered in New Mexico

Desert Rock

New standards will require a reduction in health-threatening air pollution

February 18 - Farmington, NM – The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday held a public hearing to listen to input regarding measures to reduce dangerous pollution from the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station, which is located near Farmington, New Mexico.

Club Succeeds in Effort to Implement Cost-Saving Building Codes in New Mexico

New Codes Will Save Money, Conserve State’s Natural Resources

February 1 - Santa Fe – The Sierra Club today announced that the organization, the oldest and largest grassroots organization in American history, has succeeded in its effort to ensure cost-saving building codes will be published in the New Mexico State Register. The Sierra Club had filed a legal challenge after Governor Susana Martinez declared that she would halt publication of the cost-saving building codes. The new building codes, which the New Mexico Construction Industries Commission adopted in 2010, include increased energy efficiency measures that will lead to smarter energy use and will save New Mexicans money.

Water wells in Mora County tested

Water Testing

“Mora County will be the first county in the United States to put baseline water testing in place on private land prior to natural-gas development in their county.”

Baseline Water Well Testing Completed for Mora County: Las Vegas Basin Property Owners

In December 2010, Drilling Mora County completed a baseline water-well sampling and testing protocol on a number of private and community drinking water wells that traverse the Las Vegas Basin area east to west and north to south on land that has either been leased for natural gas drilling or near leased land.

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