Xcel customers asked to conserve power until 8 p.m.

Xcel Energy is asking its New Mexico and Texas customers to reduce electricity usage until 8 p.m., terming the situation “urgent.” Based on high electricity demand and maintenance issues at area generating plants, Xcel issued an energy alert Tuesday morning under threat of controlled outages if electricity demand is not reduced. Demand could exceed the [...]

Let’s subject CEOs to drug testing, too

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps we should test welfare recipients for drugs. Heck, do it for the economy. Much of what distorts markets, and runs our economy into the ground, is welfare. Since July, Florida has used a new tactic in its war on welfare. It enforces a law, signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June, [...]

Obama should aim to reduce health costs

Freedom New Mexico Team Obama didn’t need this, but it’s important for the rest of us to know, especially as we listen to his address to Congress on health care, scheduled today. President Obama’s plans to increase the national government’s responsibility and power over health care have had a rough time of it this summer. [...]

ENMU class highlighting green efforts

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer A new fall class at Eastern New Mexico University is aiming to encourage students and Portales residents to eco-friendly habits. Going Green is a class that will focus on informing individuals on ways to reduce energy consumption and waste production, said ENMU special programs coordinator Lukas Cash. “Everyone is [...]

Agricultural tariffs barrier to beneficial worldwide trade

Editorial The suspension last week of the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations — named after the capital of Qatar, where the talks began in 2001 — under the auspices of the World Trade Organization, is a sad commentary on the political systems of the major industrialized countries of the world. It could be tragic [...]

Treaty to reduce greenhouse gases flops throughout Europe

Freedom Newspapers The United States is often portrayed as an ecological villain for declining to sign the fabled Kyoto treaty on climate change and greenhouse gases. But a British think tank reports that Britain and Sweden are the only countries in Europe that have met their commitment under the treaty to cut their emissions of [...]