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01/07/2011 01:40 PM     print story email story  

New Mexico Drops Greenhouse Measures

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Incoming New Mexico Republican Governor Susana Martinez has canceled the planned publication in the state register of two rules: the New Energy Economy rule aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions and a measure which would control pollution from the dairy industry. Without publication, the rules will not take effect.

She also ordered a review of rules already in place, which include the state's cap-and-trade measure approved in November 2010 - ostensibly to help the state's economy by removing regulations. 

Martinez opposes New Mexico's participation in a regional cap-and-trade program, which began January 1.

The measures require large greenhouse gas emitters - mostly utilities and gas and oil operations - to make annual reductions from baseline levels in 2010. 

While she was at it, she also ousted all members of the Environmental Improvement Board who had supported action on climate change.



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