In conjunction with our national federation, we helped convince the Environmental Protection Agency to set smart new limits on the amount of smog-forming carbon pollution that new coal-fired power plants can emit – an important victory for the thousands of New Mexicans who suffer from asthma, which is exacerbated by smog.
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.
A spotlight on the dangers of toxic mining
As the Department of the Interior debated whether to allow uranium mining on the borders of Grand Canyon National Park, our national federation released research showing that every uranium mining site in the West has required some degree of toxic cleanup. Interior Secretary Salazar decided to ban new mining claims for 20 years – the maximum allowed by law.
A brighter future for wind and solar.
By tapping the energy of the sun hitting the rooftops of New Mexico and the power of the wind blowing across the state, we can meet the energy needs of every household. New policies we helped win will bring us closer to realizing that potential by making it easier to build wind farms and to put solar panels on our roofs.
At 54.5 mpg, a big step forward for clean cars.
In support of President Obama's proposed fuel efficiency standards, we released data in November 2011 showing that if the standard had been in place over Thanksgiving weekend, Americans could have cut gasoline consumption by 75 million gallons, reduced global warming emissions for the period by 47 percent and saved $260 million at the pump.