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Conservation group announces endorsements

Conservation group announces endorsements

The group Conservation Voters New Mexico announced its slate of endorsements for the 2014 general election on Tuesday. The endorsements came in two statewide races and 21 legislative races. Every candidate endorsed is a Democrat. “There is no doubt that New Mexican voters support protection of our air, land and water for future generations and we’re proud to endorse candidates who will represent the conservation values of our people,” CVNM Executive Director Demis Foster said in a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Environment, Featured, Governor, New Mexico House, Secretary of State

Poll shows support for Organ Mountains designation

Poll shows support for Organ Mountains designation

A poll conducted by a Democratic firm showed a majority of New Mexicans support the designation of the Organ Mountains as national monument. The poll showed that 75 percent approved of the designation of the area as a national monument, including 54 percent who said they “strongly” support the action. President Barack Obama signed the Organ Mountains national monument designation last month. The question was part of a larger poll by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & … Read entire article »

Filed under: Environment, Featured, Las Cruces

Heinrich wants action on climate change

Heinrich wants action on climate change

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich continued his push for the United States to do something about climate change. Legislation to help with climate change has largely been blocked in recent years despite support from Senate leadership and President Barack Obama. In his floor speech in the U.S. Senate, Heinrich said New Mexico is already dealing with the effects of climate change. “We’re already seeing the effects of climate change manifest in more extreme drought conditions, larger and intense … Read entire article »

Filed under: Delegation, Environment, Featured

New carbon rule gets praise from Democrats, environmentalists, scorn from Republicans

New carbon rule gets praise from Democrats, environmentalists, scorn from Republicans

A new plan to reduce the amount of carbon pollution from coal- and natural-gas-fired power plants is getting immediate reaction from across the political spectrum. Democrats and environmentalists praise the move by President Barack Obama, done through executive order, while Republicans said the move would cause more job losses and increased energy bills. The New York Times says it is part of a last push by Obama on climate policy. The far-reaching regulations will for the first time … Read entire article »

Filed under: Environment, Featured, National News

Obama signs designation of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as national monument

Obama signs designation of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as national monument

President Barack Obama signed a designation that names the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area a national monument. Before signing the proclamation, Obama thanked Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinich, who pushed for the delegation. He also thanked former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman who pushed to protect the area while in office. Bingaman, also a Democrat, decided not to run for another term in 2010. All three attended the signing. A copy of the proclamation is embedded at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Environment, Featured

Obama to name Organ Mountains a national monument

Obama to name Organ Mountains a national monument

President Barack Obama will name the Organ Mountains a national monument. The news came from the White House. “By establishing the monument, the president will permanently protect more than 496,000 acres to preserve the prehistoric, historic and scientific values of the area for the benefit of all Americans,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said according to USA Today. The White House says the designation will result in more than $7 million in economic activity in the area, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Delegation, Environment, Featured, National News

Legislators want input on Navajo water settlement

Legislators want input on Navajo water settlement

Three legislators said the state Supreme Court should allow legislative input into the approval the Navajo Water Settlement. Two of the legislators, both Republicans, are from the Four Corners area, where the bulk of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico sits. The third, a Democrat, is from Santa Fe. Jim Rogers, a San Juan County irrigator, also is involved in the suit. Both Rep. Paul Bandy, R-Aztec, and Sen. Steven Neville, R-Farmington, criticized the settlement that came from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Environment, Featured, New Mexico House, New Mexico Senate

DOE releases WIPP leak report

DOE releases WIPP leak report

The Department of Energy released a report on the response to a radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico. The facility, which handles transuranic waste, has been shut down since low levels of radiation were found outside the facility in February. Investigators have been searching to pinpoint exactly where the radiation came from, but a Department of Energy report looks at how WIPP responded to the leak. It was not favorable. The 300-page … Read entire article »

Filed under: Environment, Featured, National News

Senators Heinrich, Udall, Rep. Pearce respond to WIPP report

Senators Heinrich, Udall, Rep. Pearce respond to WIPP report

Three members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation responded to a report on an underground fire at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant on February 5, 2014. This is separate from the later radiation leak that has shut down WIPP operations. The Department of Energy issued a report that blamed bad maintenance and outdated equipment for the fire. A copy of the report is embedded at the bottom of this post. “I applaud the Department of Energy for producing a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Delegation, Environment, Featured, National News

Senate confirms Flynn for Environmental Department

Senate confirms Flynn for Environmental Department

The Senate voted to easily confirm Ryan Flynn as the Secretary of the Department of the Environment after nearly 45 minutes of debate. Environmental groups opposed Flynn’s nomination for what they see has being too close to the industry and allowing the Copper Rule to have too much influence from Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. The vote was 30-11 to confirm Flynn’s nomination. All those who voted against Flynn were Democrats. A number of Democratic Senators stood up … Read entire article »

Filed under: Environment, Featured, New Mexico Senate