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Longest serving New Mexico senator leaves bipartisan legacy 14.9.2017 AP Politics
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Pete V. Domenici, the son of Italian immigrants who rose to become a power broker in the U.S. Senate, died Wednesday in New Mexico. The Republican was known for reaching across the partisan divide and his work on the federal budget and energy policy over a career that spanned more than 30 years....
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Pete Domenici, former GOP senator from New Mexico, dies at 85 13.9.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Former New Mexico Sen. Pete V. Domenici, a Republican who became a power broker in the Senate for his work on the federal budget and energy policy over more than 30 years, died Wednesday. He was 85.

Domenici died at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, Pete Domenici Jr., said....

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Sen. Pete Domenici dies; power broker in U.S. Senate for more than 30 years 13.9.2017 Seattle Times: Local

The longest-serving senator in New Mexico’s history was the Albuquerque-born son of Italian immigrants who carried a consistent message of fiscal restraint from 1972 until leaving office in 2009.
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New Mexico Democrats push feds to limit drilling near Chaco 8.9.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are pushing federal officials to uphold an agreement that limits oil and gas leasing on public land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The Bureau of Land Management previously agreed to defer all leases within a 10-mile radius around the park as the agency […]
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Senators Seek To Ban Brain-Damaging Pesticide That Trump's EPA Chief Refused To 25.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A leading organization of pediatricians warned in June that the continued use of chlorpyrifos "puts all children at risk."
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Senators To Trump: Hands Off America's National Monuments 12.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
“I guarantee you, somewhere, Teddy Roosevelt is rolling over in his grave."
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Republican Rep. Pearce running for governor in New Mexico 10.7.2017 AP Politics
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Republican Congressman Steve Pearce kicked off his campaign for governor of New Mexico on Monday, giving up a firm hold on a vast congressional district along the U.S.-Mexico border....
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Republican Rep. Pearce running for governor in New Mexico 10.7.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Congressman Steve Pearce kicked off his campaign for governor of New Mexico on Monday, giving up a firm hold on a vast congressional district along the U.S.-Mexico border. He is the first to seek the GOP nomination to succeed second-term Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who by law cannot seek […]
GOP Rep. Steve Pearce runs for governor, will leave Congress 10.7.2017 AP Politics
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Republican Congressman Steve Pearce kicked off his campaign for governor of New Mexico on Monday, giving up a firm hold on a vast congressional along the U.S.-Mexico border....
Bennet, Western senators ask Sec. Zinke to reverse suspension of BLM resource council meetings 12.5.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado's Sen. Michael Bennet and seven other senators tell Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that shutting down Resource Advisory Councils was wrong.
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Senators Plead With Trump To Rescind Climate Executive Order 29.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Ten Democratic senators from Western states sent President Donald Trump a letter Tuesday, urging him to drop his executive order rolling back policies enacted to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The letter  outlines how Trump’s plan ― which will likely undo the Clean Power Plan and lift the temporary moratorium on coal leasing ― will stifle the economy in those states, where much of the opportunity for renewable energy enterprise lies, and aggravate public health issues, extreme weather concerns, threats to natural lands and security concerns for the whole country.  The letter was signed by Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). President Trump just threw away a plan to combat climate change & protect the air we breathe. Three words of advice: rescind it now. — Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) ...
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Climate Change "Debater" Ryan Zinke Confirmed as Interior Secretary With Help of 17 Dems 2.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana speaks at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 3, 2016. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) President Trump's Secretary of the Interior was confirmed on Wednesday by the Senate. Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) was approved by the upper chamber in a 68-31 vote , with 17 members of the Democratic Caucus backing his nomination. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) spoke out against Zinke's selection before the vote, casting doubt on the Congressman's prior pledges to oppose the sale of public lands. The Department of the Interior oversees, among other agencies, the country's National Park Service. "You can't be a Roosevelt Conservationist, when you vote to make it easier to sell off public lands," Schumer said. Zinke, an avid outdoorsman, claims to be for the preservation of parks, in the mold of NPS-founder, former Republican President Theodore Roosevelt. He has stated repeatedly that he opposes the privatization of public lands, ...
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How Opponents Sank A GOP Bill To Sell Off Federal Land — And What They Learned 27.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — Perhaps it was lingering outrage from the election. Or it could have been the  explicit language of the bill , which called for the “ disposal ” of millions of acres of “excess” federal lands. Whatever the driving force, the backlash to legislation from Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) that would have sold off 3.3 million acres of public land in 10 Western states was swift and fierce. Outrage erupted on Facebook and Twitter, advocacy groups urged supporters to bombard  their congressional representatives’ phone lines, and a petition opposing the sale or transfer of public lands  drew tens of thousands of signatures.  Less than two weeks after introducing the controversial bill , Chaffetz  pulled it , citing concerns from his constituents. Advocates fighting to protect public lands celebrated it as a victory . “The first takeaway is that the squeaky wheel still gets the grease,” said  Land Tawney , the president and CEO of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers , a Montana-based nonprofit dedicated to ...
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Ex-U.N. ambassador disturbed by Trump picks 16.12.2016 Terrorism

Ex-U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson: I’m disturbed Trump chose an ExxonMobil CEO for State DepartmentBill Richardson takes issue with some choices, particularly for secretary of state.


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WATCH: New Mexico Residents Cheer BLM for Tackling Methane Waste 8.12.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jon Goldstein Last month the Bureau of Land Management took a much needed step to prevent the oil and gas industry from needlessly wasting American energy resources. For oil and gas companies operating on public and tribal lands, the new standards will reduce the amount of methane that operators can leak, vent or burn into the atmosphere. These methane emissions result in massive amount of energy waste that translates to lost revenues for federal taxpayers and tribes. One recent analysis suggests that without these standards, taxpayers could lose out on more than $800 million in royalty revenue over the next decade. Nowhere in the country is this a bigger problem than in New Mexico. Of the $330 million worth of gas experts estimate that is wasted from federal and tribal lands across the U.S. annually, almost a third of it ($101 million) is wasted in New Mexico alone. Don Schreiber, a New Mexico rancher who lives amongst oil and gas development of the state’s San Juan Basin recently voiced his ...
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Dem Senator Calls On Barack Obama To Defend Standing Rock Protesters 1.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) is calling on President Barack Obama to condemn the recent violence against  Dakota Access Pipeline  protesters. “I write to urge your renewed personal attention to the pressing issues surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline,” he wrote in a letter to Obama Wednesday. “There have been far too many dangerous violent confrontations between protestors and state and local law enforcement, with serious injuries resulting.” The letter comes nearly three months after the Obama administration paused construction on the controversial pipeline over water safety concerns that the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes raised. While some consider  pipelines to be one of the most efficient ways to shuttle oil across regions, serous incidents are actually quite common. In 2015 alone, there were a record 132 significant spills, according to CNN . The Dakota Access Pipeline would stretch roughly 1,200 miles from North Dakota to Illinois and transport around 470,000 gallons of crude oil each day, ...
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A New (Old) Approach on Climate Change 17.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The landmark Paris climate agreement opened a new chapter in confronting an enormous challenge to our planet.  I believe that it also gave new life to a Clean Air Act provision that traces its roots to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson when my father was Interior Secretary.  And as communities in New Mexico and across the globe increasingly battle the impacts of climate change - while congressional gridlock prevents the United States from taking significant action - this provision offers new avenues for action.   My father, Stewart Udall, was determined to make science a cornerstone of federal decision-making.  The person he hired as the Department's first science adviser was a distinguished oceanographer, Roger Revelle, who recognized even then the looming dangers of climate change. Revelle collaborated with Johnson's top science advisers on a prescient report entitled "Restoring the Quality of Our Environment."    This 1965 report from the President's Science Advisory Committee devoted a chapter to ...
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In wake of Gold King spill, lawmakers push for cleaning up mines 7.8.2016 Durango Herald
In the year since the Gold King Mine blowout, congressional leaders have pushed several bills addressing the spill and other issues associated with leaking abandoned mines. Some, including the discussion draft of the Good Samaritan Cleanup of Orphan Mines Act and the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act, were in the works before the spill but took...
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Divest to Invest: The New Global Movement 14.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One of the big topics currently on the minds of those who are concerned about climate change from college students to those planning for retirement is how to combine concern for the future health of the planet with money issues and economic safety. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) recently put forth an amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 . It called for the Secretary of the Treasury to develop a blueprint to initiate Clean Energy Victory Bonds . The goal was to use the example of World War II Bonds to mobilize the American public, and to raise revenue to finance clean energy undertakings. The projected goal was $50 billion. On April 19, a vote tally of 50 yes and 47 no fell short of the requisite 62 votes needed for passage. The concept was simple and positive, yet the usual naysayers were part of the opposition: Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a top Trump endorser; Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who is blocking the Supreme Court nomination process; James Inhofe (R-OK), climate denier. Another option is ...
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Congress votes to designate bison as national mammal 29.4.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The bison could soon become the national mammal of the United States....
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