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Report | Environment New Mexico Research and Policy Center

The High Cost of Fossil Fuels

America is at an energy crossroad. As a nation, we are dependent on fossil fuels at a time of growing demand and dwindling supply. Meanwhile, fossil fuel use continues to impose massive environmental and economic costs. Now our country must choose between paying to continue the status quo and investing in a new energy future.

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Report | Environment America Research and Policy Center

The Nuclear Bailout

In February 2010, the Obama administration announced that it would help finance two new nuclear reactors at the Vogtle nuclear power station in Georgia, offering an $8.33 billion loan guarantee to Georgia Power (a subsidiary of Southern Company) and two other companies invested in the project.

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Report | Environment New Mexico

Smart, Clean and Ready-To-Go,

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Less toxic mercury in our water, air and bodies

After our research helped shine a media spotlight on the health problems mercury can cause for pregnant women and young children, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that coal-fired power plants like Cochise, near Farmington, must reduce the amount of mercury they emit by 90 percent.

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Report | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Wasting our waterways

Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year—threatening both the environment and human health. According to the EPA, pollution from industrial facilities is responsible for threatening or fouling water quality in more than 10,000 miles of rivers and more than 200,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide. 

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