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PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2019 


President Trump rattles the Middle East, saying the U.S. will recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights. Also on our Friday rundown: A judge blocks laws limiting the power of the new Wisconsin governor. Plus, momentum builds across party lines to abolish the death penalty.

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Public News Service - NM: Climate Change/Air Quality

A bill to impose larger fines on New Mexico oil and gas producers will be heard next in the House Judiciary Committee. (Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter)<br />

SANTA FE, N.M. - Oil and gas production may be New Mexico's biggest economic driver, but supporters of legislation at the Roundhouse say the companies need to be held accountable when they create spills or discharge excessive methane. Fines for such violations have not been comprehensively enforced

New Mexico lawmakers soon will consider a bill to supercharge New Mexico's renewable-energy goals.  (skeeze/Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Legislation aiming for a New Mexico future that is 100 percent carbon-free was introduced Thursday in the state Senate. The Energy Transition Bill, SB 489, sets an interim milestone of 50 percent renewable energy by 2030, 80 percent by 2040 and a 100 percent carbon-free milestone b

State Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, center, is co-sponsoring a bill to bring community solar development to New Mexico. (Conservation Voters New Mexico)

SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico legislators are considering a bill that would bring community solar development to the state and expand benefits to all residents - even renters, or households that have unsuitable roofs or lack financial resources for solar installations. The Community Solar Act, co-spo

A government report says forests and other terrain on public lands, including New Mexico's Permian Basin, only offset greenhouse gases released on public lands by 15 percent. (hcn.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Drilling on public lands contributes nearly a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., and the latest federal report says Wyoming and New Mexico contribute the most. Released on the same day as the National Climate Assessment, the U.S. Geological Survey report

The Bureau of Land Management is poised to sell off 84,000 acres of public and ancestral lands for oil and gas drilling, after the shortest public-engagement period ever noted in the West. (sanjuancitizens.org)

SANTA FE — New Mexico is becoming an "energy sacrifice zone," according to those who oppose the sale of 84,000 acres of state lands for oil and gas drilling. Opponents will rally at the Bureau of Land Management's headquarters in Santa Fe on Wednesday, one day ahead of Thursday's planned onl

For Santa Clara's Centro de Amistad Community Center, installing solar panels means the money once spent on electric bills can be used to feed senior citizens. (New Energy Economy)

SILVER CITY, N.M. – At the heart of an economic development effort in the Village of Santa Clara in southern New Mexico, a rooftop solar system is now part of the senior center. It's known as the Centro de Amistad Community Center, and Mayor Richard Bauch says solar's longevity makes it a gr

Environmental groups say the person who wins New Mexico's race for public lands commissioner next week could have a huge impact on climate change. (npca.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The surge of oil and gas drilling in New Mexico in the past 18 months also has led to a surge of influence spending in the race for the next Commissioner of Public Lands. Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard, Republican Pat Lyons and Libertarian Michael Lucero all want the job, but

Ninety-one percent of public lands in northwest New Mexico are leased for drilling, with the remaining nine percent in Greater Chaco, where the Bureau of Land Management also wants to allow hydraulic fracking. (sanjuancitizens.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The federal government is proceeding with plans for a December auction of oil and gas drilling leases on thousands of acres of land in the Greater Chaco region. A comment period on the proposal opened today and will continue through October 31, despite a pending Senate b

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