New Mexico Emissions Battle

New Mexico – The debate over whether New Mexico should adopt new regulations to curb greenhouse gas emissions is continuing in Santa Fe, and questions remain about whether the regulators considering the matter are too closely aligned with environmental interests.

The state Environmental Improvement Board is hearing final testimony Monday and Tuesday on an emissions cap petition filed by environmental group New Energy Economy. The board finished a similar hearing last week on a cap-and-trade petition filed by the New Mexico Environment Department.

Republican leaders in the New Mexico House have asked the attorney general to investigate what they call "a major conflict of interest" with several board members.

The board disputes the claim, saying members are carefully considering the impacts of the proposals.

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