A new report by environmental groups says New Mexico’s oil and natural gas production is “out of sync” with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s carbon reduction goals.
“The state tracks emissions from oil and gas within the New Mexico borders,” said Lorne Stockman, a research analyst with Oil Change International. “But the biggest piece of the pie is not the carbon emissions produced on site, but what is emitted from burning that product elsewhere. That data is completely ignored.”
New Mexico has taken steps to reduce carbon pollution since passing the Energy Transition Act, including supporting plans to shutter the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station and create stronger vehicle emissions standards. The state convened a Climate Change Task Force and restored authority to fine energy companies for environmental violations.