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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2019 


Iran threatens to exceed the uranium enrichment limit agreed to under a 2015 nuclear deal. Also on today's rundown: More results of a new report on children's well-being; and a North Carolina Jewish congregation returns to its synagogue after sharing a local church.

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Public News Service - NM: Climate Change/Air Quality

New Mexico conservation groups say they'll try again next session to pass legislation that would connect residents to community solar projects. (newenergyeconomy.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico environmental advocates say the state took a step forward during the 2019 legislative session by passing bills that address renewable energy and public health, but is lagging in solar-energy development. Conservation Voters New Mexico has released its statewide Conservat

Oil and gas production on tribal lands generates royalty income to support public safety, education, infrastructure improvement and other projects. (Environmental Defense Fund)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Oil and gas companies operating on the Navajo Nation waste 5 percent of the natural gas they produce, a rate 65 percent higher than the national average, according to a new study. The Environmental Defense Fund and its partners report the leakage of methane on tribal land

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

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