The Roosevelt Project

The New Mexico Study 

THE NEW MEXICO case study focuses on the fossil fuel industry and economic welfare challenges that underrepresented minorities face. As a minority-majority state, 48.5% of the state population identify as Hispanic or Latino and 8.6% as Native American. The state has roughly 21% of individuals living below the poverty line, which is 5.8% more than the national average and is unevenly distributed across regions as illustrated by Los Alamos and McKinley (5.1% and 38.1% below the poverty line, respectively). In the coming years, New Mexico will primarily experience water stress that could potentially impact mining activities as well as the general population. However, New Mexico is home to leading energy research institutions that could further develop technologies that will aid in the future decarbonization efforts, and the state has recently adopted a new set of forward leaning climate and social goals that may be in tension with its legacy fossil fuel industry. New Mexico also has considerable solar generation resources but faces transmission isolation from major population centers.


Study Team Members

Valerie J. Karplus
Case Study Co-Lead

Melanie A. Kenderdine
Case Study Co-Lead

Daniel Gallagher
MIT Postdoctoral Associate

Sade Nabahe
MIT Research Assistant

Darryle Ulama
MIT Research Assistant



Study Advisory Board

Dan E. Arvizu
New Mexico State University

Richard J. Bailey
Northern New Mexico College

Norman C. Bay
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Brian Condit
New Mexico Building Trades Council

Jill Hruby
Sandia National Laboratories

Marianne Kah
Columbia University

Yolanda Jones King
New Mexico Tech

Gabe Pacyniak
The University of New Mexico

Van Romero
New Mexico Tech

Jason Sandel
Aztec Well Servicing

Melanie A. Stansbury
NM State House of Representatives

Wendy Stires
University of New Mexico Foundation

Derrick Watchman
Sagebrush Hill Group LLC

Bobbie Williams
New Mexico Energy Manufacturing 


Case Study Materials

Accelerating an Equitable Clean Energy Transition in New Mexico
(preliminary draft)

by Sabrina Curtis, Daniel Gallagher, Yiran He, Valerie Karplus, Melanie Kenderdine, Sade Nabahe, Darryle Ulama, Orland Whitney