New Mexico Governor Violating Constitution for Polluters

In an effort to tackle the climate change crisis, on December 6, 2010, the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) adopted New Energy Economy's (NEE) rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent per year from 2010 levels, with a goal to reduce emissions 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

According to NEE, this rule enables effective and efficient carbon pollution reduction that will foster both clean energy job creation and prosperity for New Mexico's families and communities. By taking the lead on this critical issue, New Mexico and NEE have created a practical, transportable model for the rest of the country to follow.

The problem is, New Mexico's newly elected conservative governor, Republican Susana Martinez - who has financial ties to oil and gas producers and individuals - has attempted to subvert her own state constitution in order to stop this plan to begin reducing her state's carbon emissions.

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    • Dahr Jamail
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