The cost of our oil addiction

New Mexico's families are paying more than ever for our addiction to oil. With rising global demand and instability in the Middle East pushing oil prices ever higher, oil dependence takes an enormous bite out of our paychecks and our economy. But the prices that we pay with our wallets are only a fraction of the true costs of our addiction to oil.  

We pay for it with our lungs, every time we breathe in toxic chemicals released from burning oil.

As a nation, we also pay for our oil with our beaches, coasts and oceans. In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster dumped 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and contaminated thousands of miles of coastline. And in 2011, an ExxonMobil pipeline spilled and dumped 42,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River, which runs through the national park. 

It doesn't have to be this way. And in 2011, Environment New Mexico made encouraging inroads in our effort to break America's oil addiction.

At 54.5 mpg, a big move to get America off oil

Last summer, our staff and allies redoubled our efforts, mobilizing 10,000 people to voice their support for cleaner cars that use less oil.

The Obama administration responded with fuel efficiancy standards for cars and light trucks, finalized in August. The standards represent the largest single step the U.S. has ever taken to tackle global warming.

The standards will cut carbon pollution from vehicles in the United States by 270 million metric tons—the equivalent of the annual pollution of 40 million of today’s vehicles—and save 1.5 million barrels of oil every day.

What you can do: 10 Tips to get off oil

Strong fuel efficiency standards could be the most important policy ever enacted to reduce our oil dependence and global warming pollution. However, small changes can also add up to a big difference.

Click here for our Top 10 Tips to use less oil and shrink your carbon footprint.

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Report | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Shining Cities

Solar power is on the rise across the country. The United States has more than 200 times as much solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed today as it did in 2002. With solar module prices coming down, increasing national awareness of solar energy, and a growing legion of solar businesses large and small, solar power is emerging as a mainstream energy solution with widespread benefits for our health, our economy and the environment.

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New Report: Albuquerque Ranks 14th Among Major Cities for Installed Solar

Environment New Mexico was joined at Silver Gardens Apartments by City Councilor Isaac Benton and Patrick Griebel, General Manager of Affordable Solar, to release a new report: “Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution,” The report ranks Albuquerque 14th of major cities for the amount of solar installed and 16th for solar installed per capita, and provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities.

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Clean Energy Is Cutting Carbon Pollution in New Mexico

As public concern about extreme weather ramps up, New Mexico is proving that we can win the fight against global warming. Clean energy policies, such as energy efficiency policies and the clean cars program, are significantly cutting emissions of carbon pollution – the leading cause of global warming.

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Report | Environment New Mexico

Skating on Thin Ice

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News Release | Environment New Mexico

Global Warming has Winter Games Skating on Thin Ice

TAOS, NM – As the world turns its attention to the Sochi Olympic Games, Environment New Mexico revealed a summary of global warming impacts on Winter Olympic sports, and highlighting the need to act urgently to reduce the carbon pollution fueling global warming.

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