NM needs a strong clean energy plan

Climate change is happening now – we see it in more extreme weather, increases in temperatures, drought, flooding and sea level rise in areas across the United States. These impacts are expected to get worse as carbon pollution in our atmosphere increases.

Earlier this month, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the Clean Power Plan, which is one of the major steps the U.S. is taking to reduce our nation’s contribution to global climate change.

The Clean Power Plan cuts carbon pollution from the power sector that’s fueling climate change and that’s also responsible for a number of health problems that disproportionately affect communities of color.

Every state has the flexibility to implement the Clean Power Plan differently and Juntos, a partnership between Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund and League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, wants New Mexico’s plan to rely on clean energy sources like wind and solar that do not repeat New Mexico’s dirty energy legacy that has relied heavily on uranium mining and coal-fired power plants, damaging people’s health and community well-being. Read the full opinion editorial here.>>

Join Us in Calling for Required Community Health Studies in Grants Mineral Belt Uranium Legacy Waste Communities

CVNM Education Fund Western New Mexico Organizer Talia Boyd is organizing in her community to require health studies in areas that continue to be impacted by uranium legacy waste. Stand in solidarity with these communities and join us by signing our petition.

The Grants Mineral Belt extends into McKinley, Cibola, Bernalillo, and Sandoval counties, including surrounding tribal communities. Since the 1940s, uranium extraction has occurred in the Grants Mineral Belt. The NM Mining and Minerals Division has identified 259 mining sites in NM that produced uranium, 137 of those with no record of any reclamation. There are also three uranium superfund sites in the region. Several mines were abandoned which now pose severe health risks of  and adverse environmental effects in nearby communities. A comprehensive health study of the Grants Mineral Belt communities has never been conducted. The state has no system in place to monitor health conditions as they relate to the uranium waste sites or industrial processes. By understanding the impacts industrial processes have on communities over time, health studies provide insight into community planning that supports sustainable development. Read and sign the full petition here.

CVNMEF is hiring a Program Director for our Latino Organizing Program Juntos! See the full job description and apply here.