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Democrats consolidate support behind Vice President Harris, Republicans threaten legal action over changes to the presidential ticket, and a possible bipartisan consensus forms on the failure of the Secret Service to protect former President Trump.

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It's grass-cutting season and with it, rural lawn mower races, Montana's drive-thru blood project is easing shortages, rural Americans spend more on food when transportation costs are tallied, and a lack of good childcare is thwarting rural business owners.

Advocates: Communities, wildlife benefitting from clean energy investments

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Monday, June 17, 2024   

Wildlife advocates say the current transition to clean energy will not only protect people in New Mexico communities, but also will have a huge impact on animals.

Shannon Heyck-Williams - associate vice president for climate and energy with the National Wildlife Federation - noted that the transition to clean energy helps all species adapt to worsening heat, more intense storms, and changing ecosystems.

She said clean energy now accounts for a fifth of power in U.S. communities.

"Twenty-percent is actually pretty rapid growth from just a few years ago," said Heyck-Williams. "A lot of that is because the cost of clean energy - like solar panels. for example, or wind turbines - has dropped really low, and is competitive now with fossil fuels."

Federal investments in clean transportation also are meant to address climate change.

Last year, the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, along with the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act were combined with the goal of easing the clean-energy transition.

In many areas, development has created a significant stress for wildlife.

That, along with the use of fossil fuels, according to Heyck-Williams, has impacted their access to food and water, the ability to migrate - especially in the West - and disrupted historic reproductive patterns.

But, she added, people in New Mexico and other states have options to ensure federal dollars are coming their way.

"This is one of those moments where we're not only helping re-shape with legislation like this, our overall economy," said Heyck-Williams, "but communities can weigh in with their leaders to demand certain kinds of those investments and make sure that they come to town"

She said data show 75,000 jobs have been created since passage of the Inflation Reduction Act.

The legislation funneled money into federal grants and other incentives to businesses, homeowners, schools, hospitals, and more to install the latest clean technologies.



Disclosure: National Wildlife Federation contributes to our fund for reporting on Climate Change/Air Quality, Endangered Species & Wildlife, Energy Policy, Water. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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