SANTA FE, NM – On Wednesday, January 29th, the Santa Fe City Council made Santa Fe the first city in New Mexico to officially call for a fivefold increase in state solar energy production. The Council passed a resolution which highlighted the environmental, public health, and economic benefits of solar power, and urged the State of New Mexico and the Public Regulation Commission to set the goal of generating ten percent of New Mexico’s energy from solar power by the year 2020.
At a public meeting today held by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, groups announced the collection of more than 14,000 public comments supporting permanent protection of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area. Business owners, local elected officials and residents joined conservation groups in urging Secretary Jewell and the Obama administration to safeguard the steep mountain cliffs and wildlife that are integral to the area's character, economy and quality of life.
ALBUQUERQUE – As Congress approaches another deadline on the federal budget, a new Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center analysis, entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts, exposes the challenges facing New Mexico’s national parks as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service.
Wind energy is on the rise in New Mexico and is providing huge environmental benefits for the state, according to a new report released today by Environment New Mexico. New Mexico’s wind energy is already avoiding more than 1.3 million metric tons of climate-altering carbon pollution – the equivalent of taking over 280,000 cars off the road, while saving over 600 million gallons of water per year – enough to meet the needs of over 15,000 people.