KUNM Speaks to Bruce Frederick, Law Center Staff Attorney, and Jim Norton, Director of New Mexico’s Environmental Protection Division regarding EPA’s proposal last week to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
04/20/2009 • Back to top
Gallup Independent: “WINDOW ROCK — The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has upheld a 2007 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Interior decision that Hydro Resources Inc.’s Churchrock Section 8 mine site is located in ‘Indian Country.’”
“This is a huge victory, and if upheld on further appeal, will set precedent for regulating non-Indian activities on non-Indian lands inside dependent Indian communities,” Chris Shuey of SRIC said.
04/20/2009 • Back to top
On April 6, the State Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) decided it had statutory authority to hear the Petition to cap greenhouse gas emissions that we filed for New Energy Economy. This alleged legal obstacle was raised by numerous companies and industry groups that benefit greatly from the current absence of any regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. Our Petition asks the EIB to adopt regulations designed to abate and prevent the air pollution caused by greenhouse gases (the NM Air Quality Control Act expressly authorizes the EIB to adopt regulations to abate and prevent air pollution).
04/17/2009 • Back to top
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04/14/2009 • Back to top
A new report analyzes the economic and fiscal contribution of the oil and natural gas industries in New Mexico along with a case study of proposed energy development on Otero Mesa in Otero County that asks whether potential drilling there would create more benefits than it would foreclose. The study then concludes with five public policy options.
Ben Alexander, the report’s lead author and Associate Director of Headwaters Economics, asserts that jobs and personal income from industries associated with the extraction of fossil fuels are a small part of New Mexico’s economy. And that even at the height of the recent energy surge, these industries accounted for two percent of all employment and three percent of total personal income in the state.
04/07/2009 • Back to top
They’re at it again! And we have to act again—now!
The U.S. Senate is currently debating President Obama’s FY 2010 budget on the Senate floor. One amendment we’ve seen would allow money to be shifted around in the budget if the nuclear industry can get $50 billion in new loan guarantees later. Another would allow money to be shifted around if pro-nuclear boosters are successful in getting more R&D money for Generation IV reactors. NukeFree.org
03/31/2009 • Back to top