Environment & Climate Change

Biden administration OKs Willow Arctic oil project on Alaska’s North Slope

BY: - March 14, 2023

The Biden administration on Monday approved Alaska’s largest oil and gas development in decades after a bipartisan lobbying effort by members of the state’s congressional delegation and the state Legislature. Though the project has broad support from elected officials in Alaska, it’s strongly opposed by environmental groups. Some are already planning a lawsuit to block […]

Algae and reeds grow within the shallow pools at Rio Bosque Park.

U.S. House votes to roll back Biden’s WOTUS rule

BY: - March 13, 2023

The U.S. House voted Thursday to undo a Biden administration definition of wetlands that allows for regulations on private lands. The chamber approved, 227-198, a resolution to roll back the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s broader definition of what qualifies as “waters of the United States,” or WOTUS, for the purposes of federal regulation under the […]

Proposal to create permanent renewable energy office headed to governor’s desk

BY: - March 10, 2023

The New Mexico state agency tasked with managing state-owned lands could have a permanent division devoted to renewable energy if Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs into law a proposal passed by the New Mexico Legislature on Thursday. House Bill 95 would formally establish an office of renewable energy within the New Mexico State Land Office. […]

New Mexico’s latest hydrogen bill dies while oil and gas reform act advances

BY: - March 10, 2023

A bill to overhaul New Mexico’s 88-year-old Oil and Gas Act passed out of its first committee hearing this week on a straight party vote, while a bill that would have promoted hydrogen production from natural gas disappeared from the Legislature’s calendar. The latest version of the Advanced Technology Energy Act, HB12, died quietly over the weekend […]

Falling down cryptocurrency illustration concept shows the graph falling down with the symbol of bitcoin that shine on the dark background for creating the financial background. (Getty Images)

U.S. Senate panel probes how crypto mining increases energy consumption

BY: - March 8, 2023

WASHINGTON — The so-called mining for digital assets, or cryptocurrency, consumes as much electricity as some entire nations, and U.S. senators explored the issue Tuesday in what they said was their first-ever hearing focused on the energy implications of digital currency.   Crypto mining in both Nebraska and Pennsylvania was discussed in particular by the members […]

Snowy cliffsides full of baren trees.

Disaster relief legislation has less than two weeks to make it through the Roundhouse

BY: - March 7, 2023

It seems like it could be smooth sailing for legislation that would get relief funds to wildfire disaster victims. Bipartisan support is showing up in committees for legislation that would aid New Mexico counties and local communities struggling to recover from devastating fires and floods that happened in 2022. It can take a while for […]

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack illustrates the challenges American farmers are facing with land consolidation and declining returns at the National Farmers Union conference in San Francisco on March 6, 2023. (Photo courtesy National Farmers Union)

U.S. agriculture secretary unveils initiatives aimed at small and midsized operations

BY: - March 7, 2023

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday announced new steps the Department of Agriculture is taking to recenter U.S. agriculture and benefit small and midsized operations, including a proposed new “Product of USA” labeling rule and an $89 million expansion of the USDA intermediary lending program.  At the National Farmers Union conference in San Francisco, […]

Black-necked stilts alight in the pools in Sunland Park, where the high groundwater creates year-round pools that offer sustenance and a home to creatures in the desert landscape.

$116M available for locally led conservation projects proposed by tribes, states

BY: - March 7, 2023

In an effort to fund locally led landscape-scale conservation and restoration projects, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced grant funding opportunities available through the 2023 America the Beautiful Challenge. “Through the America the Beautiful Challenge, we are catalyzing investments from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to pursue locally led, collaborative and inclusive approaches to […]

State committee approves $21M for fire relief funds in SW New Mexico and Ruidoso

BY: - March 6, 2023

A few minutes of discussions by the Senate Finance Committee on Friday led to legislation moving forward that would allocate more than $21 million to fire recovery efforts in southern New Mexico. Two bills are aiming to get disaster relief funds on the ground to help those affected by the Black Fire in southwest New […]

A river runs below a cliffisde.

Lawmakers concerned bill to tighten state water commissioner requirements is too strict

BY: - March 3, 2023

The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission oversees stream systems in the state. Lawmakers want more advanced expertise and diversity standards for future commissioners. People that work with the commission say the proposal could cause issues for the state to find people to actually meet the new job requirements. Senate Bill 58 would compile a new […]

Chiminea at burned cabin near Rociada, after the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire

Were you affected by the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire? We want to hear from you.

BY: - March 2, 2023

Eric Maestas didn’t have much time to spare on an afternoon in April when he stepped out of the old Memorial Middle School gymnasium with an armful of food, water and an extra pair of slippers.  The supplies were for his parents, waiting for him at a nearby campground. They’d been evacuated from their Cleveland […]

Irrigation water sinks into pecan groves on the Texas-New Mexico border.

U.S. House Ag panel hears industry complaints on regulations, scant crop insurance

BY: - March 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee listened to agribusiness executives on Tuesday rail against federal regulations, and lobby for new markets and reinforced crop insurance programs in the panel’s first hearing of the new Congress.  With the 2018 farm bill expiring this fall, lawmakers who will shape the next version of the […]