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Local Advocates Join Global Effort to Solve Climate Change

Flash Mob © Lindsay Marisol Archuleta

Flash Mob Seeks End of Coal

Albuquerque – 9/24 -Today more than 100 activists held a flash mob at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds to demand solutions to climate change. With the motto Sol Not Coal on bandanas, signs and flyers, dancers and volunteers created a high-energy spectacle right in front of the State Fair’s natural resource pavilion.

Watch the video


Game Commission trapping decision incites wolf activists

Wolf1 © 2006 Larry Allen

By Wren Abbott - originally published in the Santa Fe Reporter on 9/21/2011.

“There’s no gray in this issue,” Cerrillos activist Cindy Roper told attendees at a panel on animal trapping held in Albuquerque last week. “It’s very black and white.”


Activists Speaking Out Against Trapping

Bobcat © David C. Jones

Ban Was Lifted In Wolf Recovery Area

By Astrid Galvan, ABQ Journal Staff Writer
Originally published in the ABQ Journal on September 15

The founder of a Santa Fe animal sanctuary had three dogs each missing one leg. A woman from San Cristobal told of her dogs — and her fingers — being caught in animal traps.
They were two of about 75 people from all over the state who traveled to Albuquerque on Wednesday to discuss trapping on public lands.


Debate over trapping on NM public lands rages on

Bobcat siblings © Julianne Koza

By Susan Montoya Bryan/Associated Press, printed in Las Cruces Sun News on September 14

ALBUQUERQUE — The debate over whether New Mexico should prohibit the trapping of bobcats, raccoons and other furbearing animals on public lands is far from over.

Conservation groups scheduled a forum Wednesday evening to talk about trapping and a recent decision by the state Game Commission to lift a trapping ban in southwestern New Mexico, where the federal government has reintroduced the endangered Mexican gray wolf.


Albuquerque residents to “Kick Coal” at downtown Washington Park Unique event will show support for clean energy & moving beyond coal

Kickball © Miles Cliatt

Albuquerque, NM – On Saturday, September 10th, Albuquerque-area residents will gather at Washington Middle School Park to demonstrate the need to “kick” New Mexico’s addiction to dirty and dangerous coal-fired power. Those in attendance will join in a large “coal kickball” game. The fun and informative day will allow people in Albuquerque to learn about New Mexico’s addiction to coal-fired power, and what they can do to help speed the necessary transition beyond coal and to a clean energy economy that benefits all New Mexicans.


PNM’s Integrated Resource Plan – Expect More Large Electricity Rate Increases

Wind turbines

The CCAE protest of the NM IRP was filed on August 17. The complete document is attached to this webpage

July 18 - “PNM’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) continues the same strategies that have caused the huge rate increases realized by PNM customers. PNM has already raised rates by 25% in recent years and is currently asking the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) for another 20% rate increase, bringing the total to 50% (1.25 x 1.20 = 1.50) in just a few years. At the same time, PNM is not doing nearly enough to mitigate future rate increases driven by its continued investment in old, dirty fossil-fuel power plants. New Mexicans would be better served by a more much aggressive implementation of energy efficiency and clean renewable energy.” Don Hancock, Chairman of the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, said Monday.


Healthy Air is Healthy for Our Economy

Solar PV - by DVW

Published on August 12 in the ABQ Journal with the title "Don't Believe PNM Lie: EPA Will Save Lives"

Published on August 14 in the Santa Fe New Mexican with the title "Clean air is healthy for our economy"

By David Van Winkle and Adella Begaye

Labored breathing, coughing, burning lungs. If you’ve done outdoor activity on a hot day with bad air quality, you may know the feeling. For a child with asthma, those high-smog days can bring on suffocating attacks. For someone with respiratory or cardiovascular problems, they can be fatal.

That’s why the recent news is so welcome that one of our region’s biggest air polluters – the San Juan Generating Station – will have to dramatically reduce its emissions. On Friday, Aug. 5, the EPA announced that it will require the nearly 40-year-old coal-burning power plant near Farmington to cut its nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 80 percent.


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.


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