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July 31, 2008

By Environment New Mexico Advocate Lauren Ketcham.

At a time when Americans around the country are struggling with high gas prices, men’s health rubella the U.S. Senate Wednesday blocked a crucial package of clean energy tax incentives (HR 6049) that will reduce our oil dependence, discount reduce energy costs, price curb global warming pollution and help shift our country to a new energy future.

We applaud Senator Bingaman’s support for these important incentives that will help to stimulate New Mexico’s clean energy economy, create high-paying green collar jobs and provide needed predictability to the renewables industry as they plan future investment in the Land of Enchantment.

We are disappointed that Senator Domenici voted against this measure. These much-needed clean energy incentives would disproportionately benefit New Mexico, with our abundance of solar and wind resources, and help to ensure long-term employment in these fields.

Another bill, S. 3335, the Jobs, Energy, Families, and Disaster Relief Act of 2008 contains new incentives for plug in electric hybrid vehicles that are capable of achieving 100 miles per gallon.  If all vehicles were plug-in electric hybrids, we could reduce our oil consumption by 55 percent, nearly eliminating oil imports.  At today’s gasoline prices, the average American driver would save $1500 a year in fuel costs by switching to a plug in hybrid.

The bill also extends incentives for investment and production of clean renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy.  By diversifying our energy mix and reducing our dependence on coal, natural gas and oil, these technologies will help reduce consumer energy costs and are critical to jump starting the clean energy economy we will need to solve global warming.

As one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S., the clean energy industry is a shining light in an otherwise lackluster economy. Unfortunately the renewable energy production tax credit and the solar investment tax credit — are set to expire at the end of this year and investors are beginning to pull out of projects. According to a recent study by Navigant Consulting, failure to promptly extend renewable energy tax incentives places at risk 116,000 jobs in the wind and solar industries and more than $19 billion in clean energy investment.

Finally, the bill extends incentives for money-saving energy efficiency measures, including tax credits for weatherizing homes and purchasing more efficient appliances.

There has never been a more important time jump start a clean energy economy.  Our current dependence on oil is a major economic, environmental and national security threat.  To solve this problem we need to dramatically reduce oil consumption by shifting to more efficient vehicles, and giving consumers alternatives to driving.  We are disappointed that the Senate rejected even this basic first step towards reducing our dependence on oil.

Environment New Mexico is a state-wide environmental advocacy organization working to protect New Mexico’s air, water and open spaces. www.EnvironmentNewMexico.org.
By Environment New Mexico Advocate Lauren Ketcham

At a time when Americans around the country are struggling with high gas prices, malady the U.S. Senate Wednesday blocked a crucial package of clean energy tax incentives (HR 6049) that will reduce our oil dependence, reduce energy costs, curb global warming pollution and help shift our country to a new energy future.

We applaud Senator Bingaman’s support for these important incentives that will help to stimulate New Mexico’s clean energy economy, create high-paying green collar jobs and provide needed predictability to the renewables industry as they plan future investment in the Land of Enchantment.

We are disappointed that Senator Domenici voted against this measure. These much-needed clean energy incentives would disproportionately benefit New Mexico, with our abundance of solar and wind resources, and help to ensure long-term employment in these fields.

Another bill, S. 3335, the Jobs, Energy, Families, and Disaster Relief Act of 2008 contains new incentives for plug in electric hybrid vehicles that are capable of achieving 100 miles per gallon.  If all vehicles were plug-in electric hybrids, we could reduce our oil consumption by 55 percent, nearly eliminating oil imports.  At today’s gasoline prices, the average American driver would save $1500 a year in fuel costs by switching to a plug in hybrid.

The bill also extends incentives for investment and production of clean renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy.  By diversifying our energy mix and reducing our dependence on coal, natural gas and oil, these technologies will help reduce consumer energy costs and are critical to jump starting the clean energy economy we will need to solve global warming.

As one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S., the clean energy industry is a shining light in an otherwise lackluster economy. Unfortunately the renewable energy production tax credit and the solar investment tax credit — are set to expire at the end of this year and investors are beginning to pull out of projects. According to a recent study by Navigant Consulting, failure to promptly extend renewable energy tax incentives places at risk 116,000 jobs in the wind and solar industries and more than $19 billion in clean energy investment.

Finally, the bill extends incentives for money-saving energy efficiency measures, including tax credits for weatherizing homes and purchasing more efficient appliances.

There has never been a more important time jump start a clean energy economy.  Our current dependence on oil is a major economic, environmental and national security threat.  To solve this problem we need to dramatically reduce oil consumption by shifting to more efficient vehicles, and giving consumers alternatives to driving.  We are disappointed that the Senate rejected even this basic first step towards reducing our dependence on oil.

Environment New Mexico is a state-wide environmental advocacy organization working to protect New Mexico’s air, water and open spaces. www.EnvironmentNewMexico.org.
By Environment New Mexico Advocate Lauren Ketcham

At a time when Americans around the country are struggling with high gas prices, malady the U.S. Senate Wednesday blocked a crucial package of clean energy tax incentives (HR 6049) that will reduce our oil dependence, reduce energy costs, curb global warming pollution and help shift our country to a new energy future.

We applaud Senator Bingaman’s support for these important incentives that will help to stimulate New Mexico’s clean energy economy, create high-paying green collar jobs and provide needed predictability to the renewables industry as they plan future investment in the Land of Enchantment.

We are disappointed that Senator Domenici voted against this measure. These much-needed clean energy incentives would disproportionately benefit New Mexico, with our abundance of solar and wind resources, and help to ensure long-term employment in these fields.

Another bill, S. 3335, the Jobs, Energy, Families, and Disaster Relief Act of 2008 contains new incentives for plug in electric hybrid vehicles that are capable of achieving 100 miles per gallon.  If all vehicles were plug-in electric hybrids, we could reduce our oil consumption by 55 percent, nearly eliminating oil imports.  At today’s gasoline prices, the average American driver would save $1500 a year in fuel costs by switching to a plug in hybrid.

The bill also extends incentives for investment and production of clean renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy.  By diversifying our energy mix and reducing our dependence on coal, natural gas and oil, these technologies will help reduce consumer energy costs and are critical to jump starting the clean energy economy we will need to solve global warming.

As one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S., the clean energy industry is a shining light in an otherwise lackluster economy. Unfortunately the renewable energy production tax credit and the solar investment tax credit — are set to expire at the end of this year and investors are beginning to pull out of projects. According to a recent study by Navigant Consulting, failure to promptly extend renewable energy tax incentives places at risk 116,000 jobs in the wind and solar industries and more than $19 billion in clean energy investment.

Finally, the bill extends incentives for money-saving energy efficiency measures, including tax credits for weatherizing homes and purchasing more efficient appliances.

There has never been a more important time jump start a clean energy economy.  Our current dependence on oil is a major economic, environmental and national security threat.  To solve this problem we need to dramatically reduce oil consumption by shifting to more efficient vehicles, and giving consumers alternatives to driving.  We are disappointed that the Senate rejected even this basic first step towards reducing our dependence on oil.

Environment New Mexico is a state-wide environmental advocacy organization working to protect New Mexico’s air, water and open spaces. www.EnvironmentNewMexico.org.
ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico continues to have one of the highest rates of uninsured, ed
with about half of all workers unable to obtain employer-provided insurance. This news comes from “The Erosion of Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance,” a report released yesterday by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a Washington D.C.-based think tank.  The report also shows that employer-sponsored health insurance benefits fewer than half of the state’s children.

Nationally, more than 4 million additional American workers under age 65 were without employer-provided coverage in 2007 than in 2000. As employer-sponsored insurance decreases, public insurance programs such as Medicaid and S-CHIP increase, the report says. This is dramatically illustrated in a graphic from the report, which is attached as a pdf.

“Public programs such as Medicaid and S-CHIP help children and low-income adults, but there’s little out there for middle-income workers who can’t get or afford coverage through work,” said Eric Griego, Executive Director at New Mexico Voices for Children. “As the report makes clear, we need a universal program that will make coverage more affordable for all New Mexicans.”

The report shows distinct discrepancies between population groups, especially along the lines of household income and education. Those with more education and higher incomes are more likely to have some type of coverage than those with less.

Besides education and income, the study highlights differences between native born versus foreign born, races, age groups, and genders. The report shows significant decreases in coverage across all categories; however, the impact on each population is different.

The report available online at: http://www.epi.org/content.cfm/bp223
Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters has announced its grand opening in Las Cruces, medical at (corrected address!) 255 E. Lohman Ave. There will be a potluck open to the public Saturday, here Aug. 2 at 6 pm, with a surrogate speaker, live music, refreshments and opportunities to meet the local campaign staff and signup to volunteer. For more information, visit the group’s web site, http://my.barackobama.com/page/group/LasCrucesNMforObama

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