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.Read more
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?Read more
Reader View: For our health, reduce methane emissions by Wendy Johnson, Santa Fe New Mexican, Saturday, June 11, 2016
Not too long ago, I participated in a rally at the Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease sale in Santa Fe to call on the Obama administration to keep fossil fuels in the ground and enact safeguards on toxic methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. Joined by 200 others from around the state, I was proud to stand up for the health and well-being of my fellow New Mexico citizens.
After hundreds of Sandoval County residents turned out to the two hearings on the permit application, and more than 2,000 signed a petition opposing the special-use permit to drill in an area zoned residential, the Sandoval County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of an application by nearly bankrupt Oklahoma corporation SandRidge Energy Inc. to frack.
New Energy Economy and a coalition of groups urged the county to impose a moratorium on all oil and gas extraction and exploration until ordinances can be developed to protect community health, air, water and other resources from such operations.Read more
SNL Financial, Wednesday, March 09, 2016 4:15 PM ET
By Taylor Kuykendall
Concerns about coal companies' ability to self-bond their environmental reclamation obligations are spreading with the latest battleground being staged by groups in New Mexico.
A news release from the group New Energy Economy said it is warning the state of "risky" coal mine cleanup bonds. The groups are specifically targeting
Bowie Resource Partners LP over self-bonding on mines the company is in the process of purchasing from Peabody Energy Corp.
"Given the frequency of bankruptcy of coal companies it would be crazy to allow this one to self-bond," said Mariel Nanasi, executive director of New Energy Economy. "It is we, the taxpayers of New Mexico, who will suffer when and if Bowie goes bankrupt, because we will be left holding the bag for clean-up costs. Bankruptcies have become a likelihood rather than an obscure possibility."
New Energy Economy intervened in PNM’s case at the Public Regulation Commission because the retirement of coal at San Juan represents a significant opportunity to make a change in New Mexico’s energy future.
By replacing most of this lost energy with wind and solar, instead of more coal and nuclear, New Mexico would be on a path to clean energy. For once, we wouldn’t be at the bottom of the metrics on jobs, health, ethics and the economy.
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, fellow at The Nation Institute, and author of the international bestsellers The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. Her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, to be published in September, examines why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. This event was followed by a talk with Katharine Viner.
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On June 10, 2013, the International Energy Agency published a World Energy Outlook Special Report, Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map. The International Energy Agency is an autonomous agency established in 1974 to promote energy security among its member countries and to provide authoritative research and analysis on ways to ensure reliable, affordable, and clean energy for its 28 member countries and beyond. This is important info about the urgency of our work.