Press Release: New Mexico Legislature Maintains Landmark Carbon Pollution Reduction Rule

March 2011

Session Ends with Boost for Clean Energy Development

Contact: Mariel Nanasi 505-469-4060

Santa Fe – The 2011 New Mexico Legislative Session closed today with important measures to reduce pollution and increase clean energy development intact. This happened despite the fact that Governor Susana Martinez entered the session vowing to roll back policies that she deemed ‘job killers,’ including New Mexico’s landmark carbon pollution reduction rule. The failure of Governor Martinez, along with her allies among the state’s major polluters and her out of state campaign contributors, to repeal the carbon reduction rule represents another important milestone in the transformation and rejuvenation of New Mexico’s economy.

“New Mexico’s legislators, like a growing majority of New Mexico’s families and businesses, understand that job growth and enduring prosperity in our state are closely aligned with efforts to reduce carbon pollution and increase clean energy development,” said Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director of New Energy Economy a nonprofit group that spearheaded adoption of the carbon reduction rule. “We are pleased that the legislature has kept New Mexico on course toward economic growth with less pollution and more clean energy. The ideological claim that carbon reduction and clean energy development harm our economy has no basis in scientific or economic fact.”

During the recent session, seven bills were introduced to repeal New Mexico’s carbon pollution reduction rule. All of these bills were defeated. The carbon pollution reduction rule, one of the most advanced of its kind in the United States, requires facilities that emit more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon pollution per year to reduce these emissions by 3 percent per year from 2010 levels starting in 2013. To maintain support for this rule, New Mexico Economy has relied on a growing body of facts including an economic analysis that projects the rule will produce more than 17,500 jobs in the state’s electric sector alone over ten years and expert opinions that endorse the rule’s capacity to enhance New Mexico’s energy security.

About New Energy Economy

New Energy Economy is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 2004 to create economic opportunity in New Mexico with less carbon pollution and more clean energy. New Energy Economy works in partnership with diverse allies to encourage job growth, investment and innovation in a more efficient, sustainable and equitable energy sector. New Energy Economy grounds its work in the research and findings of the world’s leading scientific and technological authorities including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as well as Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories. Learn more

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