(RGGI) or the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is the first market-based regulatory program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. RGGI involves the cooperation of 10 states : Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. They have agreed to cap and reduce CO2 emissions from the power sector 10 percent by 2018.
The RGGI region, is the 7th largest global warming polluter in the world and neighboring states have to agree to make the program work.
Over the years New Jersey has come a long way in cleaning up our air and promoting clean energy. But we still have some of the nation’s worst air quality especially in the Northern half of the state, which is responsible for millions of asthma attacks and hospital visits every year.
Governor Christie wants to pull New Jersey out of the program.
Sen. Diane Allen, who is against RGGI claimed that “RGGI drives up energy costs for consumers at a time when nobody can afford any additional taxes”, but when asked about what the savings from backing out of RGGI would be for consumers, Christie said: “I don’t want to overplay that because we’re not talking about a huge difference.” He obviously knows that there is no reason why RGGI can’t be complied with without any additional cost being passed on to the public.
Environment New Jersey wants you to contact your representatives and legislators to fight Christie and keep New Jersey in the RGGI. See more details here.
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