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.
We’re restoring Clean Water Act protections.
More than 800,000 of us called on the Environmental Protection Agency to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. And in May, they answered by finalizing a rule to restore protections to the more than 20 million acres of wetlands, 60% of streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.
Driving the climate change message home
We’ve helped educate thousands of pepole across the state about the threat global warming poses to our economy and public health, showing that half of all New Mexicans live in counties that experienced federal weather disasters between 2006 and 2011, and that global warming loads the dice for more extreme weather events.
New limits on carbon pollution
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.