Discussion Topic: Energy & Environment

Incredible 31 Percent of NM Budget Derived from Oil and Gas

Thanks to the show Breaking Bad, many Americans now realize that they don’t need passports to visit New Mexico. We surely appreciate the publicity. But New Mexicans have reason to be even more grateful to another industry. The New Mexico Tax Research Institute (NMTRI)...

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New Mexico’s Telecom Regs Need to Be Modernized

Antiquated telecommunication regulations are holding New Mexico back. According to the 2013 Mercatus Center report "Freedom in the 50 States," New Mexico suffers under some of the heaviest regulatory burdens of any state. The Rio Grande Foundation has spent a great...

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Berry’s Wi-Fi Proposal Sends Bad Signal

The Rio Grande Foundation has generally supported Mayor Berry’s leadership as Mayor. Obviously, large numbers of Albuquerque voters agree with his fiscally-conservative, personally moderate style of leadership as the Mayor was re-elected with 68 percent of the vote....

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Silver City Federal Lands Forum Footage Online

Recently, Rio Grande Foundation president Paul Gessing appeared in Silver City on a panel on Western lands issues and federal management alongside Rep. Yvette Herrell, economist Alex Thal, and rancher Hugh B McKeen to discuss what should be done with New Mexico's...

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Unlocking Federal Lands Would Be Economic Boom for NM

New Mexico is sitting on an untapped gold mine. Well, not quite a gold mine (although we do have some), but in terms of natural resources, the oil and gas located on New Mexico’s federally-owned lands is about the same. New Mexico is among the top oil and natural gas...

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Feds Must Give Local Land Control Back to N.M.

This article appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on 6/24/13 and in several other papers state-wide. Washington can’t seem to manage much of anything these days. Even before the myriad scandals started to take their toll on the Obama Administration, the government’s...

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Natural Gas Could Be NM’s Ace in The Hole

Natural gas could revolutionize New Mexico’s economy. The fuel of which New Mexico is among the nation’s leading producers, has seen incredible growth in production with the advent of horizontal fracking and new drilling techniques resulting in a 25 percent increase...

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