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Greenhouse gas emissions are up

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Gov. Richardson has signed several orders aimed at curbing the pollution blamed for global warming

By Susan M. Bryan

ALBUQUERQUE —  An inventory of New Mexico’s greenhouse gas production shows residents have reduced their average emissions from gasoline use over a seven-year period, but they’re consuming more energy to heat, cool and power their homes.

Despite efforts by Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration to address climate change and lower greenhouse gas emissions, a draft inventory prepared by the state Environment Department shows New Mexico’s total direct emissions increased by about 4 percent between 2000 and 2007 to 80 million metric tons.

Richardson has signed several executive orders aimed at curbing the pollution blamed for global warming. He has appointed advisory groups to come up with recommendations and mandated that state government become more energy efficient.

However, environmentalists say the inventory is evidence that the state needs to do more to regulate emission sources.

“We should be concerned because the governor has stated his goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and if we’re increasing emissions, we’re not on the right track. Pure and simple,” said Jeremy Nichols, the climate and energy program director for environmental group WildEarth Guardians.

Despite the increase, state officials argued Monday that the


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