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Victory: Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks protected as national monument

President Obama permanently protected the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks outside Las Cruces by designating them a national monument. Protecting nearly a half million acres, this is the largest monument the Obama administration has declared thus far. Now, mountain lions, pronghorn antelope and peregrine falcon will have protected habitat, while New Mexicans will have beautiful places for hiking and other recreational adventures long into the future.

Report | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Blocking the Sun

Solar power is clean, affordable and popular with the American people. Since 2010, America’s solar energy capacity has grown more than four-fold, generating increasing amounts of clean energy at increasingly affordable prices.

America’s solar progress is largely the result of bold, forward-thinking public policies that have created a strong solar industry while putting solar energy within the financial reach of millions more Americans.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

New Mexico Moves Forward on Solar Despite Nationally Coordinated Attacks

A new report by Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center, Blocking the Sun:12 Utilities and Fossil Fuel Interests That Are Undermining American Solar Power, highlights a national network of utility interest groups and fossil-fuel industry-funded think tanks that provide funding, model legislation, and political cover for anti-solar campaigns across the country.

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A silver lining to a toxic orange legacy? | Russell Bassett

The toxic mining spill in the Animas River made international news, but it also helped highlight a problem that is long overdue for a solution. Hard rock metal mining is the most destructive industry in the world. The mining industry should not be allowed to use our public lands to build new mines in and around our cherished waterways until it cleans up from past mining operations.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico

Bernalillo County Commission urges Congress to save Land & Water Conservation Fund before it’s too late

The Bernalillo County Commission voted unanimously to support reauthorization and full funding of the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is set to expire at the end of September if Congress does not act. The resolution calls for swift action from Congress to fully fund and permanently reauthorize LWCF.

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Report | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Lighting the Way

Solar energy is booming. In just the last three years, America’s solar photovoltaic capacity tripled. In 2014, a third of the United States’ new installed electric capacity came from solar power. And in three states – California, Hawaii, and Arizona – solar power now generates more than 5 percent of total electricity consumption.

With the cost of solar energy declining rapidly, tens of thousands more Americans each year are experiencing the benefits of clean energy from the sun, including energy generated right on the rooftops of their homes or places of business.

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