New Mexico Governor Signs Climate Change Order
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed an executive order on December 28 that spells out the state’s emission reduction strategies. The strategies follow a number of the December 1 recommendations made by the state’s Climate Change Advisory Group (CCAG).
The governor set up the CCAG in 2005 and asked it to determine how to reduce the state's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 2000 levels by 2012, 10 percent below 2000 levels by 2020, and 75 percent below 2000 levels by 2050.
The executive order creates an implementation team to ensure that policies in the order are carried out. Those policies include:
- Creating a market based GHG registry and reduction program
- Advancing carbon capture and sequestration technology
- Promoting the use of manure from the dairy industry in power generation
- Developing an education and outreach program on green buildings for private sector builders
- Creating new procurement rules that ensure state government offices have energy efficient appliances
- Mandating that state vehicles use mainly clean, renewable fuels
- Proposing a one-time tax credit of up to 40 percent for the purchase, construction, or retrofitting of alternative fuel filling stations.
In its December 1 report, the CCAG recommended that New Mexico set up a GHG reporting program and help develop a regional or national GHG registry as soon as possible. The group also recommended the state perform climate education and outreach activities. In addition, CCAG made more than 60 recommendations addressing the following areas: residential, commercial, and industrial sectors; energy supply; transportation and land use; and agriculture and forestry.
For more information, including the text of the executive order, see the governor’s December 28 press release. (PDF 68 KB)
For further background, read the CCAG report. (PDF 17 MB)