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News Release | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Wind Energy in New Mexico Prevents as Much Global Warming Pollution as Taking 232,000 Cars Off the Road Each Year

As this summer’s extreme drought and its aftermath prompt more New Mexicans to call for action to tackle global warming and the rise in extreme weather, Environment New Mexico released a new Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center report today that shows that New Mexico’s current power generation from wind energy displaces as much global warming pollution as taking 232,000 cars off the road per year. Additionally, the Environment New Mexico report shows that wind power saves enough water to meet the needs of 11,600 New Mexicans.

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Report | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Charging Forward

America’s reliance on gasoline-powered vehicles has long contributed to air pollution, including global warming emissions, and our nation’s dependence on oil. In the past decade, however, the automobile market has begun to change, integrating new technologies that are dramatically less dependent on gasoline. Hybrid electric vehicles, powered in part by energy stored in a battery, have become increasingly popular.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Electric Vehicles are Ready to Roll in New Mexico

With the right policies in place, plug-in vehicles can reduce oil dependence in New Mexico by more than 812,000 gallons per year.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Clean Cars would Slash Oil Use and Pollution this Summer

As New Mexicans get ready for summer road trips, an Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center report finds that cleaner, more fuel efficient cars would significantly slash oil consumption and global warming pollution across the state. The report, Summer on the Road: Going Farther on a Gallon of Gas, was released as the Obama administration is on the verge of finalizing fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for cars and light trucks that achieve a 54.5 mpg standard by 2025.

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Report | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Summer on the Road

As summer approached, the dangers of our continued dependence on oil are apparent everywhere we look.  In 2012, we have already experienced the hottest average temperatures ever recorded through April in the United States.  At the same time, increasing evidence is still coming forth of long-lasting harm from the BP oil spill, and other tragic spills have occurred in waterways throughout the country since.

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