Santa Fe New Mexican Op-ed: Sensible methane regulations will protect New Mexico’s great outdoors

I am a resident of New Mexico for many reasons. Access to our incredible public lands is at the top of that list. I live a quick and winding drive down the road from the Santa Fe National Forest. This past year, it was impossible to escape the summer’s 28 days of smoke from the Medio Fire that ravaged some of my favorite places to recreate. Unfortunately, these fires will become more and more common if we don’t start actively addressing climate change. As a resident of Santa Fe and an owner of an outdoor recreation business, I feel a responsibility to demand our state government address the methane problem that is severely damaging the air we breathe and the public lands that make this home so special.

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