New Mexico Supreme Court Backs Climate Rule
Posted on January 28, 2011
You may have seen in our recent blog post that New Mexico’s governor was blocking a new state rule to limit global warming pollution. Well, here’s some good news: This week, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the rule will go on the books.
This means that New Mexico will require major polluters to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 3% each year, starting in 2013. And we hope this will encourage businesses to tap into New Mexico’s enormous potential for renewable energy. For example, New Mexico has some of the best potential for solar energy in the world.
New Mexico’s climate change rule was already finalized before Martinez took office, but the governor tried to block its publication in the official register — preventing the rule from going into effect. In the court ruling, state Chief Justice Charles W. Daniels said that “no one is above the law.”
But the fight isn’t over yet. The governor could still try to revise or overturn the rule. And New Mexico may also try to end its participation in an upcoming regional cap-and-trade plan for the western United States.
New Mexico has vast potential to develop clean energy resources that can reduce pollution and create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the coming decades. That’s why New Mexico should help lead the nation in reducing the pollution that causes climate change.