Rep. Steve Pearce is STILL pushing to make drilling EASIER for Big Oil, and Gov. Martinez has his back

With the humanitarian crises on the border dominating headlines the past few weeks and this week’s massive Supreme Court news, it’s easy to forget there are still other matters being decided in the halls of Congress that affect Americans everyday lives. Congressman Steve Pearce is pushing through two bills RIGHT NOW that would do away with important management and oversight of the Bureau of Land Management when it comes to issuing permits for drilling oil wells on public lands. 

Pearce, himself a millionaire oilman, of course, claims this is about “cutting red tape” but considering he’s running for governor this year it sure seems like he’s trying to do his buddies in the Permian Basin a huge favor while he’s still on Capitol Hill. But even as governor Pearce could still make it easier for oil and gas companies at the expense of our public lands, our environment, and even if practical policies that would actually net oil and gas companies more revenue like fixing the Methane Rule. 

Just look at Governor Susana Martinez’ role with oil and gas over the last eight years. And in the midst of everything that is happening, Martinez not only wrote a letter earlier in the year that encouraged the feds to support the undoing of the permitting process but actually traveled to Washington DC earlier this month and testified IN SUPPORT of Pearce’s bills. 

Well, we’re not going to let Pearce’s or Martinez’ attempts to undermine our public lands and our natural resources without saying something. That’s why we’ve launched these digital ads to help spread awareness of what’s happening.

JOIN US! We need all hands on deck to protect our National Monuments

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will be touring areas around the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument later this week. It’s all part of his Trump-based agenda to “review” national monuments across the west that were created with the Antiquities Act. These important landmarks contain countless historical, scientific, and recreational resources for all Americans to enjoy and study while preserving our important past.

[WATCH] National Monument supporters tout nearly 100,000 comments in support of Organ Mountains

Over 97,000 individual comments were submitted to Trump’s secretary of the interior in support of current the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument designation, organizers announced on Monday as the comment period closed. ProgressNow New Mexico activists added more than 1,340 in the final weeks of the comment period.  PNNM worked with conservation groups around the state to help spread the word and add your story to those comments as well. Related: Comment pages overwhelmed in final hours, Final day to comment on national monuments designation | NM Political Report
PNNM also live-streamed the event from the Monument entrance on Monday:

Rumors of Secretary Zinke coming to visit New Mexico’s national monuments have been swirling since an exchange last month between he and Senator Martin Heinrich in a hearing. Our hope is that with the level of support for national monuments from around the state and a first-hand account will make an impact that even Zinke can’t ignore. The other elephant in the room is Monday’s announcement that Congressman Steve Pearce will be leaving behind his congressional seat in 2018 to run for Governor of New Mexico.

[ACT NOW] Time is running out for your comments to save our National Monuments

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said in testimony yesterday that he would come to New Mexico and see first-hand areas within at least one of the state’s two National Monuments his department is reviewing. I thank @MartinHeinrich for the invitation to see #NewMexico on horseback. Looking forward to it. — Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) June 20, 2017

The DOI is reviewing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument and Rio Grande del Norte National Monument because of spurious claims that President Obama overreached his authority when designating both areas under the Antiquities Act. Read more to see why we know New Mexicans want our monuments to be left as is.

New Mexico Senators Tom Udall (r) and Martin Heinrich (l), both Democrats

Senators Udall & Heinrich can’t do this alone: Tell Sen McCain and Heller to stand up for clean air in the west

This tax season, we should be finding ways to save taxpayer dollars, not giving the oil and gas industry a pass to waste our money and pollute our air. We need our elected officials to stand up for us, not for the multi-billion dollar oil and gas industry. Drillers in western states dump millions of tons of methane – a greenhouse gas more powerful than CO2 and dangerous to the air we breathe – into our air each year. Like other mineral royalties in the west, drillers are supposed to pay royalties on the public resources they drill – but they don’t pay if they vent it into the air.  

An Obama-era rule required them to cap the leaks and stop venting public resources and royalties they owe us.

RSVP: Statewide Town Halls on Methane with Sen Tom Udall

Join US Sen. Tom Udall, state legislators, local elected officials and members from ProgressNowNM, Sierra Club, Conservation Voters NM, Interfaith Power and Light and the Environmental Defense Fund and local activists for statewide town hall on Methane pollution and it’s impact on our air quality and budget. Tuesday April 18th
Meet at 5:30, Events begin at 6pm

Methane Rule Town Hall: Santa Fe
Methane Rule Town Hall: Downtown Albuquerque
Methane Rule Town Hall: Las Cruces (with Sen. Tom Udall in person)
Can’t attend one of the in-person events?  RSVP to join LIVE via Facebook and you can listen and ask your questions live in your Facebook feed.  We’ll take care of all the technology, just RSVP and we’ll send you a reminder with all the details. Methane Rule Town Hall: Join via Facebook

Read more: What is the Methane and what is the Methane Rule?

Public Lands Rally 2017: Public Lands are NOT for sale in New Mexico

Over 500 New Mexicans rallied around the Capital in support of Public Lands on Wednesday, brought together by the threats of Trump administration supporters who are calling for federal lands to be sold off to the highest bidder.

The overwhelming response from those in attendance and the legislators who spoke in the rotunda: Not in New Mexico.