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DOE secretary talks WIPP, tech transfer, native energy on NM trip

DOE secretary talks WIPP, tech transfer, native energy on NM trip

Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is on a two-day trip throughout New Mexico and some big questions have already been answered. Moniz was in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Carlsbad on Monday — a big day of travel throughout a big western state. WIPP isn’t going anywhere The most newsworthy part of Moniz’s trip was related to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP. While WIPP remains closed because of a radiation leak in February, and the investigation hasn’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carlsbad, Delegation, Economy, Energy, Featured, National News

LCV to launch campaign for Latinos to support renewable energy

LCV to launch campaign for Latinos to support renewable energy

The League of Conservation Voters is stepping up its attempts to pressure the Public Service Company of New Mexico, or PNM, to use more renewable energy. This time, it comes in the form of a move to have Latinos pressure PNM on the issue. Environmental groups have been critical of PNM and how the company plans to generate electricity. The company provides energy for huge areas of New Mexico, including the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas. LCV … Read entire article »

Filed under: Energy, Featured

Environmental groups challenge construction code changes

Environmental groups challenge construction code changes

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) filed an appeal in a state court challenging changes to the state construction code. The changes to the code have been in dispute since they first occurred near the beginning of the Susana Martinez administration. Those changes were successfully challenged but new changes occurred in July of 2013. This appeal says the state Construction Industry Commission violated several laws when it made changes that weakened energy efficient building rules put … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Energy, Environment, Featured

DOE report dings $450K in payments to Wilson

DOE report dings $450K in payments to Wilson

A report from the Department of Energy’s Inspector General was critical of $450,000 in payments to former Congresswoman Heather Wilson from contract work she did for various national labs. The payments came from work Wilson did for four national labs that work with nuclear energy. The problem was that the money was paid back to the contractors despite no evidence that Wilson did the work. In other cases, Wilson did work that could have been in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Energy, Featured, National News

NM delegation works to rescind mineral payment sequestration cuts

NM delegation works to rescind mineral payment sequestration cuts

The congressional delegation is going hard after a specific cut because of sequestration: the Department of the Interior (DOI) withholding royalties from mining done in the states. The states receive 50 percent of the revenues resulting from the leasing of mineral resources on federal public domain lands within their borders according to the Mineral Leasing Act. The DOI has said the state’s share is subject to sequestration. New Mexico lost $25 million in funding because of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Energy, Environment, Featured

Bill to ban use of UN language is tabled

Bill to ban use of UN language is tabled

A bill born out of conspiracy theories on the right — and promoted by former Fox News personality Glenn Beck — was tabled in the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Friday morning. The bill, HB 307, would, according to the fiscal impact report, “prohibit the state and political subdivisions from restricting property rights without due process by adopting principles from the United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.” At issue is a non-binding resolution … Read entire article »

Filed under: Energy, Environment, New Mexico House

Romney, in Hobbs, says he wants energy independence by 2020

Romney, in Hobbs, says he wants energy independence by 2020

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said that he wants North America to achieve energy independence by 2020, mostly focusing on drilling for oil. Romney made the speech in Hobbs, New Mexico, the heart of New Mexico’s oil country in the Permian Basin. The Associated Press noted that Romney’s pivot towards energy comes after a very bad week for the Republican Party. The week has been focused on issues of rape, abortion, Medicare and welfare instead of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Energy, Environment, Featured, Local News, Presidential

Romney NM event at company that benefited from stimulus

Romney NM event at company that benefited from stimulus

The location of the latest Republican presidential visit might send a different message than Republicans hope. You could put it as, “You didn’t build that… without some help from the government.” Watson Truck & Supply, the site of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s event today, is one of the many companies around the nation that benefited from stimulus spending under President Barack Obama. The company benefited from $400,000 in the form of a government grant for a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Energy, Featured, Presidential

Romney to release energy plan in New Mexico — Update: in Hobbs

Romney to release energy plan in New Mexico — Update: in Hobbs

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will release his energy policy on a campaign stop in New Mexico on Thursday. Romney is reportedly scheduled to appear at a fundraiser in Lea County on Thursday, and with the news that he will be releasing his energy plan, he will likely have a public event in New Mexico as well. From The Hill: “We will be, I believe before the end of this week, in New Mexico describing a comprehensive energy … Read entire article »

Filed under: Energy, Presidential

How many jobs will Keystone create?

How many jobs will Keystone create?

One of the big attacks by conservative groups, and Republican candidate Heather Wilson, on Martin Heinrich is that he voted against the Keystone XL pipeline. It is a conservative talking point that is being used in races across the country to show how Democrats who voted against the pipeline are just Democrats who are so liberal that they vote against easy jobs. The truth is more complex and the numbers the Republicans cite were created by … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Energy, Environment, Featured, Senate