There’s a lot on the table as New Mexico moves into a new legislative session under the helm of our new governor, including several issues related to oil and gas. State leaders will be looking at ways to address climate change and the impacts on our state as well as reducing air pollution and waste of taxpayer resources through the venting and flaring of methane.
And rightfully so.
New Mexico is home to the nation’s highest concentration of methane pollution in our air, yet we are the worst in adopting policies and practices that help reduce methane emissions.
It’s no mystery to New Mexicans that the majority of state revenue is derived from the oil and gas industry, an industry that primarily benefits key public institutions such as our schools, hospitals and law enforcement agencies. But that’s also no excuse to waste taxpayers’ dollars, further accelerate climate change, put our families’ health at risk or imperil wild places that are home to our history and wildlife.
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