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Protecting New Mexico’s Climate Future

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New Mexico is home to one of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the United States and a rich mosaic of cultures. New Mexicans love their state and take pride in keeping their land, air and water intact for future generations. However, climate change poses a serious threat to the Land of Enchantment.

Every year, New Mexicans see and feel increasingly severe climate impacts across the state. So far in 2022, New Mexico has had the the worst fire in its history, which burned more than 340,000 acres and destroyed more than 900 structures. The painful images of the Rio Grande drying up this summer and the devastation caused by the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon mega-fires remind us that climate change continues to wreak havoc on livelihoods, crops, recreational activities and even access to drinking water for New Mexicans. threatens. For these reasons, communities will look to our policymakers for strong leadership on climate policy in the upcoming legislative session. Action that will reduce pollution to safer levels and protect the state’s people, water and land for generations to come.

In recent years, the state has made significant progress on climate change, including through the energy transition law to reduce pollution from power plants, new national methane rules reducing pollution from oil and gas production, and zero emission vehicle standards to increase electric vehicle sales in the state and reduce transportation pollution. While these are landmark policies, additional policies are still needed to achieve science-based pollution reduction goals that will create a safer and more prosperous New Mexico. These additional policies are also needed to reduce pollution in communities most affected by air pollution, including tribal communities, as well as communities of color and people living below the poverty line.

EDF and its partners are fighting for effective and fair climate solutions in the Land of Enchantments. In the upcoming legislative session, state leaders have an opportunity to combine science-based goals to reduce climate pollution, accelerate a just transition to a healthier, more diverse and resilient economy, and ensure that agencies government have the tools and resources to help communities. and holding polluters accountable on a path to net zero climate pollution by 2050. This is an essential step forward and will make New Mexico a national leader in the fight against climate change.

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