New Mexico to Reduce CO2 Emissions 25% Below 1990 Levels


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In a surprising turn, New Mexico may have just become the state with the leading clean energy plan -- the state's Environmental Improvement Board has just approved a plan that would bring its carbon emissions 25% below 1990 levels by 2020. That's even better than California's target. This is what the plan looks like: As noted in CleanTechnica, one of the most interesting things about the plan is the manner in which it was passed -- it began as a detailed proposal offered by an environmental nonprofit, New Energy Economy. Despite intense opposition from the fossil fuel industry, the proposal garnered enough support from New Mexicans to win out -- the state's Environmental Improvement board approved the plan 4-1.

Here's how it will work, via New Energy Economy:

Under this rule ... electricity generation facilities, petroleum and natural gas facilities in New Mexico with greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution emissions exceeding 25,000 metric tons per year of carbon dioxide (CO2) would, starting in 2012, be required to reduce their GHG pollution emissions by 3% per year from 2010 levels
There's a nice outline of the entire plan, which is flexible and fair to polluters, over at CleanTechnica. It's as ambitious as both Japan's and the EU's carbon reduction plans.

There is one glaring problem with the whole thing, however -- and that's the fact that the incoming governor, Susanna Martinez probably won't the whole idea of addressing climate change and supporting clean energy. She could feasibly work to overturn the measure, though some experts say it may take over a year to do so. Regardless, the ambitious plan is far from set in stone.

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