Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hearing to look into gas emissions

On Special Assignment

Updated: Friday, 26 Feb 2010, 11:11 PM MST
Published : Friday, 26 Feb 2010, 11:11 PM MST

"SANTA FE (KRQE) - On Monday, the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board will hold a public hearing on a petition to reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions in New Mexico to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and it could impact just about every New Mexican.

To turn on the lights, many New Mexicans depend on coal fired electric plants. The San Juan generating plant in Waterflow, N.M. generates most of PNM’s electricity, but like all coal fired plants it also generates pollution.

“We're at a crossroads where we can continue going down the path we've been on, or we can chart a new direction for energy in the state,” family practice physician John Fogarty said.

Fogarty is the President of New Energy Economy, a Santa Fe based non-profit organization petitioning the state Environmental Improvement Board to cap those greenhouse gas emissions.

“It's a really important time where congress is failing to act and it's incumbent on states to step up to the plate and address this really critical issue that is going to affect our children and future generations,” Fogarty said.

He believes the change, capping carbon emissions, will help the state's economy by unleashing capital investment in alternative energy.

“This is just a devastating regulatory action,” Jason Sandel said.

Sandel runs Aztec Well Servicing, a company that drills for natural gas and services the equipment.

“It's essentially regulations gone wild,” he said."' More>>>>

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