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Associated Press – New Mexico’s renewable energy standard up for debate

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  New Mexico has an opportunity to adopt policies that will encourage the development of more renewable energy to meet the needs of utility customers around the state, environmentalists and advocates told state lawmakers Monday. They presented their case for boosting the percentage of electricity that New Mexico utility customers get from renewable resources (More...)

Laura Paskus – Rapidly warming Southwest faces water challenges, choices

“I’m openly skeptical we’ll ever be able to fill Elephant Butte Reservoir again,” Dr. David Gutzler told attendees of a recent climate change conference. That’s given the trend toward diminished flows in the Rio Grande resulting from the continued global rise in temperature. The University of New Mexico Earth and Planetary Studies Department professor delivered (More...)

Laura Paskus – NM keeps warming but leadership won’t come from feds, state

So far this month, New Mexicans have experienced record high temperatures, dangerous dust storms and wildfire evacuations. Saturday night, a haboob struck Las Cruces, and last Monday, six people died when a dust storm led to a 25-car accident on Interstate-10. Already, summer temperatures in New Mexico are 2 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than in the (More...)

OK, US government — see you in court By James Hansen and Sophie Kivlehan

OPINION | JAMES HANSEN AND SOPHIE KIVLEHAN OK, US government — see you in court By James Hansen and Sophie Kivlehan AUGUST 14, 2017 The Boston Globe We are a 76-year-old grandfather and his oldest grandchild, who just graduated from high school in Pennsylvania. We are among 22 plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by Our (More...)

Abq Journal – Plan would have city generating more solar power

By Ryan Boetel / Journal Staff Writer — If Saturday’s weather was any indicator, the city of Albuquerque is as good a place as any to use the sun for power. Under a cloudless, sunny sky, next to an array of solar panels at the Albuquerque Fire Department Fire Academy that power several city buildings, (More...)

Vickie Peck – The Amazon Rainforest Plays a Crucial Role in New Mexico’s Climate Future

There are big things happening in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon rainforest, both bad and good. The outcomes will directly affect New Mexicans. For the last ten years, Rafael Correa’s administration has pushed hard to develop Ecuador’s substantial natural resources including petroleum, minerals and forest products. Because Correa’s regime defaulted on Ecuador’s debt, the country (More...)

Xcel to build NM’s largest wind farm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Xcel Energy has announced plans to invest $1.6 billion to build two wind farms in eastern New Mexico and West Texas over the next three years. That includes a 522-megawatt facility in Roosevelt County, about 20 miles south of Portales. It will be, by far, New Mexico’s largest wind farm when it (More...)

Race is the biggest indicator in the US of whether you live near toxic waste

Go looking for the local landfill or toxic waste treatment facility in any US county with a mostly white population, and you’ll likely find it in the black or Latino neighborhoods. That’s because in the US, your race is the single biggest factor that determines whether you live near a hazardous waste facility. In 2016, (More...)