N.M. governor terminates EIB members

Earlier this week New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez announced her termination of all members currently appointed to the state’s Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) — the entity responsible for recently imposing state greenhouse gas emission cap-and-trade regulations that would impact operators of power plants (including Tri-State) and other industries across the state.

Late last year the EIB moved forward with the cap-and-trade regulatory program even after state lawmakers rejected the proposal during the legislative process. “New Mexico has recently suffered from an anti-business environment exacerbated by policies which discourage economic development and result in businesses setting up shop across state lines,” Martinez said, in explaining her rational behind her actions.

“Unfortunately, the majority of EIB members have made it clear that they are more interested in advancing political ideology than implementing common-sense policies that balance economic growth with responsible stewardship in New Mexico. As a result, I have notified members of the board that, effective immediately, their services are no longer needed,” Martinez said.

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