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Senator Peter Wirth, (D-Santa Fe - 25) is a second term State Senator. He spent four years as a Representative in the State House, from 2004 through 2008, replacing Max Coll who retired from the seat.
Peter’s New Mexico roots go back several generations on both sides of his family. His maternal grandfather, John Gaw Meem, was one of New Mexico’s preeminent architects and first came to New Mexico in 1920 to recover from tuberculosis. His paternal grandfather was a math teacher and camp counselor at the Los Alamos Ranch School before World War II. Peter’s late father John Wirth, a historian, took great pride in the fact that he was born in Dawson, New Mexico, now a ghost town.
When he is not working at the Legislature, Peter is a lawyer in Santa Fe.
Protecting Chaco Canyon From Fracking
The Greater Chaco region of northwestern New Mexico is facing unprecedented threats as the Bureau of Land Management approves more fracking. The region’s native communities, clean air, water, and our climate are all at risk. Together with a coalition of local, regional, and national organizations and individuals, we’re pushing back, filing suit to put the brakes the oil and gas industry and calling on our Congressional leaders to stand up for a healthy future. Help keep Chaco frack-free!
Rebecca Sobel is the Principal of Action Oriented, a strategic planning and direct action consulting firm for non-profits. Action Oriented has worked with New Energy Economy, Conservation Voters New Mexico, Hispanic Communications Network, 350.org, Greenpeace, and others. She is the previous Grassroots Director of WildEarth Guardians and the former mExecutive Director of the New Mexico Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy. In New Mexico, Rebecca has charged clean water, renewable energy, fossil fuel, and workforce development campaigns, and currently works at the Chaco Coalition Organizer for WildEarth Guardians. She received her BA in Globalization and Social Justice from Goucher College and her MA in International Relations from the International School of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Netherlands.
is the executive director of the nonprofit public interest law firm, the Western Environmental Law Center. WELC is known for effecting sweeping forest management reforms in the Northwest that protected the northern spotted owl, achieving reductions in toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants, and many more diverse environmental victories throughout the West.
Erik joined WELC as an attorney in 2003 and has worked to safeguard our climate from dirty fossil fuels, promote our transition to the efficient use of carbon free, renewable energy, and protect the American West’s rivers and wildlands. Prior to his role as executive director, he served as the director of WELC's Taos office and of its Climate & Energy Program.
Erik is a graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in Natural Resources, and earned his law degree and an Environmental and Natural Resources Law Certificate from the University of Oregon School of Law.
Why PNM is Going in the Wrong Direction with Coal and Nuclear and How New Mexico Can Change That
With Santa Fe Public Utilities Lawyer BRUCE THRONE
This is a critical moment for the state's largest electric utility company, as it closes two units of the San Juan Generating Station, faces declining energy use in the state (and hence less revenue), the public's demand for renewable energy, and the corporation's desire to increase revenues for its ratepayers. The state's Public Regulatory Commission has jurisdiction over rates and many interests will participate in the hearings on PNM's plan. What is the public interest and who is representing it? Mr. Throne, an attorney with a long history of representing New Mexicans before the Commission will address these and other questions.
From 1994 to present, Mr. Throne’s law practice has focused primarily on the regulation of public utility, telecommunications and common carrier services, including ratemaking, rate design, renewable energy and energy efficiency matters before the PRC and courts for business customers, local exchange carriers, trade associations and other intervener parties, as well as general administrative, antitrust, unfair trade practices, real estate, land use and commercial law consulting, transactions and litigation