08/21/2010 12:05 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Will New Mexico be the Next Climate Leader?

This past week the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board (the state's equivalent of the Environmental Protection Agency) heard a petition brought by the environmental group, New Energy Economy, that would create a state regulation requiring utilities and oil and gas companies to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions 3% per year under 2010 levels starting in 2012.
The board heard testimony from members of the public and expert witnesses. Last week on the Santa Fe Radio Cafe we interviewed witnesses in support of the petition:

(Click on their names to link to the podcasts)
Dr. John Fogarty and Mariel Nanasi New Energy Economy
Steve Michael Attorney with Western Resource Advocates. Bruce Frederick Attorney with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center
Dr. Paul Epstein Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School.
Bill McKibben Co-founder of
Winona LaDuke Native American activist, Executive Director of Honor the Earth and White Earth Land Recovery Project.
Janie Chermak Professor of Economics at the University of New Mexico, contributor to the report, An Overview of Potential Economic Costs to New Mexico of a Business-As-Usual Approach to Climate Change
Michael Northrop Director of the Sustainable Development Program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York.