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We helped win permanent protection for Rio Grande del Norte

At our urging, President Obama permanently protected a pristine region known as Rio Grande del Norte near Taos by designating the area a national monument.  This region, which is known for diverse wildlife and incredible mountain scenery, is now permanently protected from development. 

News Release | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Albuquerque earns berth in “sweet sixteen” for solar power

Albuquerque has more solar panels than most major American cities, ranking 12th among major metropolitan areas analyzed in a new report. The Duke City’s berth in the “solar sweet sixteen,” just behind San Francisco and ahead of Sacramento, was owed primarily to individuals installing solar panels on their homes.

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Report | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Shining Cities

The use of solar power is expanding rapidly across the United States. By the end of 2014, the United States had 20,500 megawatts (MW) of cumulative solar electric capacity, enough to power four million average U.S. homes. This success is the outcome of federal, state and local programs that are working in concert to make solar power accessible to more Americans, thereby cleaning our air, protecting our health, and hedging against volatile electricity prices.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico

Senate Passes Bill to Extend Solar Tax Credit

The New Mexico Senate passed a bill to extend the residential, commercial, and agricultural tax credit for solar installations. The ten percent tax credit for a solar installation was set to expire at the end of 2016. This bill changes the expiration date to December 31, 2020, providing four additional years to take advantage of the tax credit.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico

"Today, the pen was mightier than the pipeline."

As anticipated, President Obama vetoed legislation to force approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline today.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Report: violators of Pennsylvania fracking rules operate in New Mexico

WPX Energy was among the top fracking violators examined in a new report, breaking health and environmental rules in nearly half the wells it drilled in Pennsylvania. WPX Energy is one of the top gas producers in New Mexico.

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