New York Times: Tentative Signs of Life for Greenhouse Gas Controls

December 2010

For a patient suffering from paralysis, the movement of a single finger is momentous. So, in the face of a threatened hiatus in government-led action on climate change, what the Environmental Improvement Board of New Mexico has done in the last month or so is worthy of note. It has twice approved plans to cap and/or reduce greenhouse gas emissions, most recently on Monday evening, when a plan for annual 3 percent reductions beginning in 2013 won approval in a 4-to-1 vote.

On Election Day, the same board, in a 4-to-3 vote, approved a cap-and-trade plan that cements the state’s right to take part in the Western Climate Initiative’s emissions-trading market along with California and three Canadian provinces.

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