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Democrats ‘compromise’ throws alternative energy under the bus

 

 

Nation of Change reports Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has reached a compromise with House Republicans on a package of tax breaks that would permanently extend relief for big multinational corporations without providing breaks for middle or lower-income families, individuals with knowledge of the deal tell ThinkProgress.

Under the terms of the $444 billion agreement, lawmakers would phase out all tax breaks for clean energy and wind energy but would maintain fossil fuel subsidies. Expanded eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit would also end in 2017, even though the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities More >

ISC supports diversion of Gila River

Interstate Stream Commission Votes for Gila River boondoggle

The Southwest Environmental Center reports that, as expected, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) today approved a costly diversion project on the last free flowing river in New Mexico. The Commission’s decision marks the end of a ten-year planning process set in motion with passage of the Arizona Water Settlement Act in 2004.

The ISC and its staff have been criticized for favoring a diversion project over other alternatives as well as a lack of transparency in their deliberations. Recently revealed text messages between an investment banker and a public official suggest the More >

Statewide Air Quality Report Reveals Toxics in Our Air

The Breathe In New Mexico campaign, an initiative of SouthWest Organizing Project, involved communities in Mesquite, NM, the San Jose neighborhood of Albuquerque, and the Four Corners region in a full year of community-based air monitoring. The communities used particulate monitors and bucket air monitors, which are cheap and effective air monitoring units that hold up to rigorous scientific standards.

Through our testing we found dangerously elevated levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) like Chlorobenzene and particulate matter that contains elements like crystalline silica and elemental carbon (soot). The Breathe In NM campaign contends that these environmental justice communities need more air More >

Journey Santa Fe: Post-election update from Sen. Peter Wirth

JourneySantaFe sponsors Sunday morning gathering of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. All conversations are FREE and OPEN to the public and take place at Collected Works Bookstore

(202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM)

November 23, Sunday, 11 am 

 

Sentor Peter Wirth: 

After The Elections… What Comes Next?

Moderator: Bill Dupuy, former award-winning KSFR news director

 

 

Senator Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe – 25) is a second term State Senator. He spent four years as a Representative in the State House from 2004 through 2008, replacing Max Coll who retired from the seat. Peter offers an overview of what More >

Wage-theft clinic informs workers about their rights

SANTA FE–On Tuesday, Nov. 25 the United Workers Center of New Mexico (a project of Somos Un Pueblo Unido) and the city of Santa Fe are co-sponsoring a wage-theft clinic. Employment attorneys, representatives from the city and federal wage enforcement departments, and Somos staff will be on hand to answer questions and to help workers file claims. All workers are invited to participate in the clinic. The event is free and open to the public.

What: Wage-Theft Clinic

When: Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: United Workers Center of New Mexico Somos Un Pueblo Unido 1804 Espinacitas St. Santa More >

Residents defeat water grab effort

  State Engineer Denies Water Application

Santa Fe, N.M. – On Nov. 14, 2014, New Mexico State Engineer Scott Verhines denied the company Aquifer Science LLC the right to pump hundreds of acre-feet of water annually from the Sandia Underground Water Basin because there is no unappropriated groundwater available in the Basin to satisfy the application. On behalf of dozens of landowners in the area, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) successfully argued before the State Engineer that there was not sufficient water in the Sandia Basin to serve the new development.

“We are thankful that State Engineer Verhines agreed with More >

SF Green Chamber: Ice cream social tonight with Ben Cohen

Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales and Alan Webber join Ben Cohen of Ben and Jerry’s tonight as he shares his out-of-the-carton business practices and social entrepreneurship. Santa Fe Green Chamber presents an evening of Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey and Chubby Hubby Saturday, Nov. 15 at Santa Fe Convention Center. Cohen’s presentation, “Chunky Money: Ice Cream and Activism,” includes his latest effort on getting money out of politics. After the talk, there will be ice cream for everyone. General admission $12-20 (includes ice cream). Tickets available at lensic.org or call 505 988-1234.

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Renewable energy documentary screening in Albuquerque Dec. 2

What: FREE Showing of the 2014 Emmy Award-winning Showtime climate change documentary Years of Living Dangerously: Winds of Change, followed by Q&A with an expert panel on the promise of renewable energy, state efforts to repeal Renewable Energy Standards, methane leaks and fracking. Learn how to get involved with the January 2015 decision by the NM Public Regulatory Commission on New Mexico’s energy future… Will we go with Coal, Methane and Nuclear, or Renewable Energy?

Expert Panel: Chuck Noble- Attorney for Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, Jason Marks-former PRC commissioner, Dr. Bernie Zak – climate scientist Sandia Labs retired, Tweeti Blancett More >

Conservation district offers tree seedlings

The Natural Resources Conservation Service, in cooperation with the New Mexico State Forestry Division, will be offering applications for low-cost tree seedlings sales. To be eligible, applicants must own one acre of land or more and plant seedlings for windbreaks, reforestation, Christmas tree sales, or wildlife plantings. Call 471-0410 x3, Jan. 1 through Jan. 31, 7:30am -4pm, Monday through Friday. The program is ponsored by the Santa Fe-Pojoaque Soil and Water Conservation District.

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ANSWER Film Showing and Discussion: Uranium mining on Indigenous Lands

ANSWER Film Showing and Discussion Part of a Two Part series on Environmental Racism. Pt. I. Uranium mining on Indigenous Lands

Friday, November 7 @7pm 305 Washington Street SE, ABQ (b/w Central & Zuni)

* Following the film there will be discussion and presentation with special guest speaker  Diné activist Leona Morgan.

37 mins. In Diné (Navajo) with English subtitles

Nearly one out of three people in the Navajo Nation struggle with  contaminated drinking water. The consistently detoured path toward reparation is littered with too many failures and broken promises. For many Navajos, those who have already been exposed and those who lost their More >

Hawaiians win GMO victory

Residents of Maui County in Hawaii, frequently referred to as ‘GMO Ground Zero,’ claimed a victory Tuesday evening when a measure to ban the planting of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) passed with 50.2 percent.

Agribusiness giants Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences, which for decades have run enormous growing and testing operations on the island, spent nearly $8 million dollars to defeat the ban, making it the most expensive campaign in Hawaii’s history, according toHonolulu Civil Beat.

Known as the Maui County Genetically Modified Organism Moratorium Initiative, the measure will ban all GMO growth, testing or cultivation in the county until an environmental and public health study is More >

Journey Santa Fe: Election Night Preview, with Political Commentator Joe Monahan

JourneySantaFe sponsors Sunday morning gathering of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. All conversations are FREE and OPEN to the public and take place at Collected Works Bookstore (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM)

November 2, Sunday, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

Election Night Preview, with Political Commentator Joe Monahan Moderator: KSFR Radio Host Xubi Wilson

Full program details at: www.JourneySantaFe.com Like us on Facebook!

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Community Bills of Rights citizens’ initiative banning heavy pesticide use on ballot in Oregon

The first-in-the-nation Community Bills of Rights citizens’ initiative banning heavy pesticide use is on the ballot in Josephine County, Ore. Nov. 4.

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) drafted the rights-based initiative for Josephine County residents when they requested CELDF’s assistance to protect themselves from the spraying of highly toxic chemicals.

For 40 years, residents and ecosystems across the region have been subjected to the use of pesticides in aerial spraying by the timber industry and roadside spraying for weed control by county and state government. Pesticides have been found permeating the soil, air, and water, impacting the health and well-being More >

New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Conference set for Dec. 17 in Roswell

New Mexico growers will have a chance to learn the latest on topics ranging from soil conservation and alternative crops to the use of unmanned aircraft systems for rangeland monitoring during the annual New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Conference Dec. 17 in Roswell.

“This yearly conference rotates around the state and addresses topics in sustainable agriculture of special interest to local agricultural professionals,” said Stephanie J. Walker, vegetable specialist for New Mexico State University’’s Cooperative Extension Service. Eight presentations are planned for the daylong event, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to about 4 p.m. at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, More >

Journey Santa Fe: Mexico’s Tarahumara Land Struggle

JourneySantaFe sponsors Sunday morning gathering of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. All conversations are FREE and OPEN to the public and take place at Collected Works Bookstore (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM)

October 26, Sunday, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

Mexico’s Tarahumara Land Struggle With Randy Gingrich, Director of Tierra Nativa Moderator: KSFR Radio Host Xubi Wilson

A year and a half ago, Randy Gingrich presented a talk on the Tarahumara struggles for land and dignity against loggers, narcos, and mega-tourism development at Collected Works Bookstore. This fall, More >

ISC continues Gila River diversion deliberations Monday, Oct. 27 at 10:25 am

 

Albuquerque/Bernalillo Government Center

Vincent E. Griego Chambers, One Civic Plaza 

Albuquerque, NM

 

The Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) will continue to deliberate over a Gila River diversion at its next meeting scheduled for Monday, October 27.  The agenda includes ISC presentations on the Bohannon-Huston Phase II Preliminary Engineering Report, an economic analysis, value engineering study, and fish studies, among others.  Jim Brainard and Peter Coha will give presentations on the results of their analyses on the yield of a Gila River diversion project.

 

The Interstate Stream Commission’s decision on whether or not to divert the Gila River under Arizona Water Settlements Act is about six weeks away.  In a press More >

New Mexico solar businesses ready to roll with clean power

 

 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – 41 New Mexico solar businesses issued a letter to the White House Oct. 16, endorsing limits on carbon pollution from power plants and advocating that solar energy become a focal point of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

 

“As solar power installers, manufacturers, designers, aggregators, product suppliers, and consultants, we welcome the EPA’s unveiling of the Clean Power Plan,” reads the letter, organized by the advocacy group Environment New Mexico. “This plan is a critical step toward transforming our energy system to one that protects our health and environment, and is affordable and reliable.”

 

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Public banking feasibility study goes before SF finance committee Monday

Banking on New Mexico  urges the public to attend and help move public banking forward in Santa Fe:

Monday, October 20, 5pm Santa Fe City Council Chambers The public banking feasibility study will go before the City of Santa Fe FINANCE COMMITTEE.

Please attend to lend a supportive presence to move public banking one step forward in Santa Fe. There’s no need to speak.

Wear GREEN if you’ve got it! See Agenda*: http://www.santafenm.gov/media/files/city_clerk/10-20-14_Finance_Committee.pdf

Wording of the Resolution Request for Approval of a Resolution Directing Staff to Analyze the Potential Opportunities of Establishing Public Banking Functions for the City of Santa Fe and Projecting Whether More >

Governor Martínez Directs Department of Health to Coordinate New Mexico’s Ebola Preparedness Plan

Santa Fe — Governor Susana Martínez has directed the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) to coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan to be ready in the event there is an Ebola case diagnosed in New Mexico. DOH will coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan between state agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), as well as local governments, hospitals, and healthcare providers throughout the state to ensure New Mexico is ready to handle any potential cases of Ebola.

“The risk of New Mexicans contracting Ebola is very, very low, but I want to assure everyone that More >

Journey Santa Fe: Land and Water Use

JourneySantaFe sponsors Sunday morning gathering of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. All conversations are FREE and OPEN to the public and take place at Collected Works Bookstore (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM)

October 19, Sunday, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

LAND and WATER USE A Conversation with KSFR station’s Living On The Edge Radio Hosts Xubi Wilson and David Bacon

Visit our website: www.JourneySantaFe.com

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