New Mexico Stands with Standing Rock

New Mexico Mobilizes for Standing Rock

Yet far from the sensationalist media circus, defining issues of race and class, human and civil rights, police militarization and constitutional guarantees, corporate and  civic power, and the fossil fuel economy and climate change, are all being played out on a little patch of land in North Dakota called Standing Rock.

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Mayor's Sustainability Award winners announced

And the winners are ....

The city of Santa Fe today announced the winners of the Mayor’s Sustainability Awards.

“These Santa Fe businesses, non-profits, leaders and city employees are doing the kind of hard work that will move the needle on lowering our carbon footprint and preparing us for the negative impacts of climate change,” Mayor Javier Gonzales said in a statement. “Congratulations to all of them, and a big thank you for their continued dedication.”

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Protest against North Dakota pipeline draws growing New Mexico support

Reports that crews are bulldozing sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux, and that security guards for the company building a $3.8 billion pipeline in North Dakota attacked American Indian demonstrators with dogs and pepper spray, spread rapidly through Indian Country last weekend. The Sioux protest is drawing strong support in New Mexico, where more than two dozen organizations have signed a letter to the president and the state’s congressional delegation supporting the tribe’s resistance and its lawsuit seeking to stop construction of the pipeline along the proposed route.

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Facebook or no, some say alternative energy plan could benefit NM

The buzz surrounding the proposed Facebook data center in Los Lunas has mostly centered on the potential economic impact of bringing the social media giant to New Mexico. But some say an equally exciting aspect of the project is the “green rider” contained in a contract between Facebook and the state’s largest utility. “It’s a good, balanced model for how other companies could come into this state and have all their energy needs provided by renewables,” said Steve Michel, attorney for Western Resource Advocates, an intervening party when the contract was before state regulators.

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Reader View: Turn challenge into opportunity — switch to renewable energy

I am a local actor, playwright and film curator who is concerned about the future of my community and the world at large. In December 2015, the Public Regulation Commission approved the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s request for more coal and nuclear. Fortunately, New Energy Economy is appealing that unsupported decision in the New Mexico Supreme Court. PNM has doubled down and invested in even more coal and more nuclear in this pending rate case.

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Reader View: How renewable energy can unite left and right

Watching the Republican and Democratic conventions last month, it was easy to conclude that the two parties come from different planets.

But, every so often, we get a glimpse of bipartisan agreement that reminds us of our common values and the potential for working together to solve problems. One such glimpse came this past year when three of the nation’s leading Republican pollsters released a study demonstrating a clear but underappreciated fact: Conservatives strongly support clean energy.

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Data center water use estimates vary wildly

Public Service Company of New Mexico’s plans to power a proposed Los Lunas Facebook center gets its first public airing at a hearing before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Tuesday. Meanwhile, concerns are being raised in Utah, where Facebook is considering a competing site, about how much water the data center would use. Facebook is considering both Los Lunas, N.M, and West Jordan, Utah for the site of a new $250 million data center.

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Six groups file to intervene in PNM’s Facebook request

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Six parties have filed motions to intervene in the case involving a proposed Facebook data center in Los Lunas, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission documents show. The parties that have filed motions to intervene are Western Resource Advocates, New Energy Economy, New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers, the Renewable Energy Industries Association of New Mexico, the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, and the city of Albuquerque. All appear to support PNM’s proposal. If granted intervening party status by the PRC, the organizations will be allowed to make arguments in the case, among other things.

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Questions arise on nuclear power in N.M.

Posted: Saturday, June 25, 2016 10:30 pm | Updated: 12:55 pm, Sun Jun 26, 2016.
By Steve Terrell, The New Mexican

Pacific Gas & Electric last week announced plans to close its Diablo Canyon Power Plant, California’s last operating nuclear power facility.

Earlier this month, the Chicago-based utility Exelon announced it will shutter two Illinois nuclear plants in the next two years. Together, the two facilities have lost a combined $800 million in the past seven years.

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Reader View: Navajos bear burden of dirty energy by Lyla Johnston

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2016 9:00 pm in the Santa Fe New Mexican

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine life without oppression when it’s all I’ve ever known. Roughly 60 percent of the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s energy is derived from coal-fired power plants.

The coal for these plants is mined from beneath Navajo feet. The smoke from these plants fills Navajo lungs. The 5 billion gallons of water used annually to operate the Four Corners Generating Station is sucked from Navajo aquifers. And yet, the electricity and revenue from these plants never seems to reach Navajo homes. One-third of our people lack electricity, even when the power lines drift overhead for miles on end. Our average median family income is $7,200. In the meantime, the top five PNM executives make more than $9 million per year. How can this be?

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