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• alerts on new threats to New Mexico's environment
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• updates on the decisions that impact our environment
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By facilitating the transportation of dirty tar sands fuels, Keystone would add 27.4 million metric tons of global warming pollution to our atmosphere per year. President Trump's executive order advancing the Keystone XL pipeline is definitely a step in the wrong direction. READ MORE.
Oil and gas companies are fracking near our communities, polluting our air and water, and risking the health of our children and other vulnerable populations. Fracking often is done very close to vulnerable people – infants, school children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems – even though communities typically seek to keep industrial activities far away from facilities serving these populations, such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes and day care centers.
On the heels of the Albuquerque City Council adopting a bold goal to make the City a leader in solar energy, Environment New Mexico announced a push to get cities and local governments across the state and country to make sizable commitments to capturing the power of the sun. The “Shining Cities” campaign will engage and mobilize thousands of members, volunteers and the growing ranks of stakeholders who recognize the tremendous environmental and economic benefits to convince local governments to expand their use of pollution-free solar power.
The Albuquerque City Council voted unanimously to set a goal of utilizing solar energy to power 25 percent of electricity used by city facilities by 2025. This will set Albuquerque and New Mexico on a path to becoming a national leader on solar energy.
New Mexico is falling behind a majority of states in an annual ranking of solar power capacity, despite having the technical potential to produce 1,000 times as much electricity from solar power as the state consumes each year.
In this year’s ranking, New Mexico dropped to 13th in total solar capacity and 8th in total solar capacity per capita, after ranking 11th and 6th, respectively, last year.
American solar energy is booming. Hundreds of thousands more Americans each year are experiencing the environmental and consumer benefits of clean energy from the sun, often generated right on the rooftops of their homes or places of business.