Result

Less toxic mercury in our water, air and bodies

In conjunction with our national federation, we helped persuade the Environmental Protection Agency to require that coal-fired powerplants like Cochise, near Farmington, cut the amount of toxic mercury they emit by 90% -- a big victory given mercury’s toxic effects on pregnant women and small children. We helped deliver a record-breaking 800,000 public comments –- and counting –- in support of the new rule.

Result

20% more efficient by 2020

New buildings would have been 20% more energy efficient by 2020 under building codes adopted by the Construction Industries Commission in 2010, thanks in part to Environment New Mexico and our supporters. Unfortunately, Martinez administration officials reverted to less efficient codes in 2012 –- but we’ll keep fighting to get our strong energy codes back in place. We’ve done it once!

Result

We fought back against subsidized sprawl

In the 2008 legislative session, Environment New Mexico and our allies were able to stop the Legislature from approving a tax bill that would have sent 75% of increased tax revenue from new developments directly into the pockets of mega-developers like Verde Group and SunCal –- effectively subsidizing their efforts to turn tens of thousands of acres of land into sprawling developments and subdivisions.

Result

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.

Result

Attacks on public health defeated.

The coal lobby and their allies are trying to block the EPA from protecting public health, but we’ve held the line against some of their worst attacks: In March 2011, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill that would have blocked standards for soot, mercury and carbon pollution. In April, the Senate defeated four more bills that would have blocked the EPA from cutting air pollution. In November, the Senate defeated a bill that would have endangered up to 34,000 lives each year by allowing more soot and smog-forming pollution from power plants. We need your help to keep up the fight.

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