Should New Mexico be a pioneer in the fight against climate change? That question is at the heart of a debate over stricter emissions regulations in the state, including a controversial cap-and-trade program. This week New Mexico In Focus weighs the pros and cons of the proposals, that will be decided soon by the state Environmental Improvement Board.

New Mexico in Focus airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 a.m. on KNME, Channel 5.1. The show can also be seen on KNME's Digital Channel 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m.

Other topics this week include negativity in this year's elections, the effect of early voting on the campaigns and a potential lawsuit by Albuquerque Public Schools and other districts statewide over state funding.

• Janie Chermak, professor, UNM Economics Department
• John Fogarty, president, New Energy Economy
• Karin Foster, director of Governmental Affairs, Independent Petroleum Association of NM
• David Gutzler, professor, UNM Earth & Planetary Sciences Department
• Jim Norton, Environmental Protection Division director, NM Environment Department
• Pat O'Connell, project manager of Generation & Development, Public Service Company of New Mexico

Guest Panelists
• Lonna Atkeson, professor, UNM Political Science Department
• Colin Hunter, attorney and former legislative director to Congresswoman Heather Wilson

The Line Panelists
• Sophie Martin, managing editor, and Laura E. Sanchez, former executive director, New Mexico Democratic Party

NMiF Correspondent
• Gwyneth Doland, editor,

• Gene Grant, Weekly Alibi Columnist

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New Mexico in Focus is produced by Kevin McDonald and Kathy Wimmer and closed captioning has been made possible by a gift from Mrs. Elspeth G. Bobbs.

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