Sustainable Business News: New Mexico Supreme Court: Martinez Cannot Trump Law

January 2011

In a stunning blow to the young administration of Republican Governor Susana Martinez, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Martinez violated the state constitution when sheprevented a rule reducing carbon pollution from being published as codified state law.

The lawsuit was filed by nonprofit New Energy Economy. New Energy Economy said the ruling reflects claims that Martinez arbitrarily and illegally sought to suppress the rule in an attempt to appease major carbon polluters who contributed heavily to her gubernatorial campaign.

“We are prepared to continue fighting and winning against all challenges to New Mexico’s carbon pollution reduction rule–the scientific and economic facts are clearly on our side,” said Mariel Nanasi, executive director of New Energy Economy. “We are pleased with the Supreme Court’s ruling today and will redouble our efforts to transform this culture of litigation into a culture of investment in creating family-supporting jobs for New Mexicans, and an enduring legacy for future generations.”

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