Methane Matters to CAVU
Reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector is one of the fastest, most cost-effective ways to slow climate change in the short term.

Why Methane?

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas. While it exists in the atmosphere in lower concentrations than carbon dioxide, it lasts much longer and heats the atmosphere more during that period, making it a significant threat to the stability of our climate. While it comes from a variety of sources, including agriculture and landfills, the most significant and preventable source of methane in New Mexico is from oil and gas development.

Our Approach

CAVU’s efforts to make methane matter to the people of New Mexico as well as its regulators have taken on several forms, the first being our Unearthed series, an exploration of the history of oil and gas development in New Mexico and its impact to people and place. On the heels of Unearthed’s success, CAVU initiated a public petition supporting methane regulations for the State of New Mexico, part of a cooperative effort with dozens of other organizations that culminated in Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s executive order to create a methane waste rule and reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030. 

United Solutions

CAVU believes that solutions to complex problems are strengthened when entities on opposing sides of an issue understand the driving principles and values that shape their opposition’s perspectives. CAVU’s involvement in past environmental issues has demonstrated that misunderstanding can make enemies of potential allies, eliminate potential opportunities to meet the needs of multiple parties, and prevent healthy conflict and communication. In order to help bring new ideas to the forefront and encourage collaboration and relationships where they don’t currently exist, CAVU is investigating opportunities to act as a shuttle diplomat, acting as an intermediary where it can.