Oil and gas spends thousands against pollution policy in New Mexico

New Mexico’s oil and gas industry spent thousands of dollars this year to block regulations intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from extraction operations across the state.

A lobbyist from the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) spent $256,000, per a report from New Mexico Ethics Watch, for “paid advertising in opposition to House Bill 6,” also known as the Clean Future Act.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Nathan Small (D-36) would have set emission reduction targets to be 50 percent less than 2005 levels by 2030, and 90 percent less by 2050.

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It passed two committees during the 2022 Legislative Session, which ran from January to February, the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the House Government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee but neve saw a vote on the House Floor and died before the session ended.

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