As the Department of the Interior debated whether to allow uranium mining on the borders of Grand Canyon National Park, our national federation released research showing that every uranium mining site in the West has required some degree of toxic cleanup. Interior Secretary Salazar decided to ban new mining claims for 20 years – the maximum allowed by law.
A brighter future for wind and solar.
By tapping the energy of the sun hitting the rooftops of New Mexico and the power of the wind blowing across the state, we can meet the energy needs of every household. New policies we helped win will bring us closer to realizing that potential by making it easier to build wind farms and to put solar panels on our roofs.
At 54.5 mpg, a big step forward for clean cars.
In support of President Obama's proposed fuel efficiency standards, we released data in November 2011 showing that if the standard had been in place over Thanksgiving weekend, Americans could have cut gasoline consumption by 75 million gallons, reduced global warming emissions for the period by 47 percent and saved $260 million at the pump.
We’re restoring Clean Water Act protections.
More than 800,000 of us called on the Environmental Protection Agency to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. And in May, they answered by finalizing a rule to restore protections to the more than 20 million acres of wetlands, 60% of streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.
Driving the climate change message home
We’ve helped educate thousands of pepole across the state about the threat global warming poses to our economy and public health, showing that half of all New Mexicans live in counties that experienced federal weather disasters between 2006 and 2011, and that global warming loads the dice for more extreme weather events.