Climate, Health, and Equity Implications of Large Facility Pollution Sources in New Mexico

71 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2023 Last revised: 28 Sep 2023

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Gabriel Pacyniak

University of New Mexico - School of Law

Angélica Ruiz

PSE Healthy Energy

Shannon Sanchez-Youngman

University of New Mexico - Department of Political Science

Elena Krieger

PSE Healthy Energy

Date Written: February 1, 2023

Abstract

This report examines the climate- and health-damaging pollution from large stationary sources in New Mexico. The report identifies 189 stationary sources that together contribute approximately 25 percent of the state’s climate pollution along with a large share of conventional pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxides, particulate matter, and volatile organic compounds. The largest share of pollution from these sources comes from the electric power and oil and gas sectors. Other large stationary sources include mines, manufacturing facilities, airports, and universities. The report also analyzes where large sources are located and suggested that there may be equity benefits to reducing emissions in those areas with a high percentage of people of color, lower-income people, or people with health vulnerabilities. Four regions—the San Juan Basin; Permian Basin; Albuquerque, Bernalillo, and Sandoval Counties; and Las Cruces and Dona Aña County—were identified as areas with clusters of large stationary sources. Finally, the report finds that current state policies are not adequate to achieve climate pollution reductions from these sources in keeping with the state’s climate goals, but identifies ways that climate pollution policies could be designed to both reduce climate pollution and maximize public health benefits for communities where these sources are located.

Keywords: Climate change, air pollution, greenhouse gases, environmental justice, climate justice, stationary sources

JEL Classification: K32, Q52

Suggested Citation

Pacyniak, Gabriel and Ruiz, Angélica and Sanchez-Youngman, Shannon and Krieger, Elena, Climate, Health, and Equity Implications of Large Facility Pollution Sources in New Mexico (February 1, 2023). UNM School of Law Research Paper No. 2023-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4354671 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4354671

Gabriel Pacyniak (Contact Author)

University of New Mexico - School of Law ( email )

1117 Stanford, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

Angélica Ruiz

PSE Healthy Energy ( email )

Oakland, CA 94612
United States

Shannon Sanchez-Youngman

University of New Mexico - Department of Political Science ( email )

Albuquerque, NM
United States

Elena Krieger

PSE Healthy Energy ( email )

Oakland, CA 94612
United States

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