Discussion Topic: Energy & Environment

Legislature faces both peril, opportunity in 2019

Legislature faces both peril, opportunity in 2019

With New Mexico’s politics trending hard left, what is a fiscally conservative think tank that focuses on New Mexico’s still-shaky economic situation to do? Quite simply, there will be more to do than ever. For starters, New Mexico’s $1.1 billion oil-generated surplus...

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Trump’s steel tariffs threaten American energy dominance

Trump’s steel tariffs threaten American energy dominance

U.S. crude oil production just surged to an all-time high of 11.3 million barrels per day. Natural gas production is also setting records. This energy bonanza is creating tens of thousands of new jobs and dramatically reducing Americans' gasoline and utility bills...

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Weighing in on NM’s Newest Nuclear Opportunity

Weighing in on NM’s Newest Nuclear Opportunity

Last week, Errors of Enchantment had some fun with the ignorance and fabuliusm exhibited by opponents of Holtec International's proposal to build a facility for spent nuclear fuel (SNF) in southeast New Mexico. This week, though, it was time to leave "the puppies of...

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What Big Wind doesn’t tell us

What Big Wind doesn’t tell us

Earlier this month, the Washington, D.C.-based American Wind Energy Association came to Santa Fe to release its national “market” report for 2017. The slick marketing materials the lobbying organization dispensed at the Roundhouse claimed that wind in the U.S. is...

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Santa Fe bucks trend of ‘green’ school failures

Santa Fe bucks trend of ‘green’ school failures

Would you spend a dollar to save a dime? Across the country, school districts do exactly that by mandating “green” building standards, often using a system called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED. Many of these schools spend hundreds of thousands...

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Restricting oil imports a dangerous proposal for U.S.

Restricting oil imports a dangerous proposal for U.S.

The price of oil impacts New Mexico's economy in a big way. Oil prices that once hovered at $110 per barrel dropped as low as $27 earlier this year, and now hover around $50. That's lower than we've grown accustomed to, but it is hardly a crisis – and certainly...

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Putting Oil/Gas Off-Limits Bad Move for Wrong Reasons

Putting Oil/Gas Off-Limits Bad Move for Wrong Reasons

Given the challenges facing New Mexico’s economy — and with the price of gasoline on the rebound — we at the Rio Grande Foundation expressed our view that the citizens and political leadership in Sandoval County should have given SandRidge Energy a fair hearing over...

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