A New Mexican Insurgency

My colleague Tania Soussan wrote Saturday about what Andrew Dessler has described as “the climate change insurgency“:

Cars with dramatically better gas mileage.

More energy-efficient houses and offices.

Doubling the renewable energy flowing through New Mexico’s grid.

Those are among the 69 recommendations announced Friday by a special climate advisory group created by Gov. Bill Richardson last year to find ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

If all of the ideas were put into practice, greenhouse gas emissions in the state would drop to pre-1990 levels by 2020— or half of what is projected if no changes are made— and the economy would get a $2 billion boost over the next decade.

“This is a really bold and exciting proposal that will help New Mexico do its share to reduce greenhouse gases,” said Jim Norton of the New Mexico Environment Department.