By Susan Montoya Bryan
Petitions filed to repeal greenhouse gas rules
New Mexico’s largest electric utilities, the oil and natural gas industry and others are seeking to have the state’s greenhouse gas emissions rules overturned.
Petitions to repeal the rules have been filed with the state Environmental Improvement Board. The board is expected to decide Aug. 1 whether the case will go forward.
Championed by former Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson and environmentalists, the rules are aimed at establishing a cap and trade program and curbing greenhouse gas emissions among large polluters.
The rules were approved in the waning weeks of Richardson’s tenure. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has called the effort a “cap and tax.”
The utilities and industry groups argue in their petitions that the rules will have devastating consequences for New Mexico’s economy.
Supporters are vowing to defend the rules.