Bill To Keep NJ In Carbon Dioxide-Capping Pact Goes Before Committee

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The state Senate’s Environment and Energy Committee will consider legislation Monday to force Gov. Chris Christie to stay in a multistate pact to reduce greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.

New Jersey was one of 10 states participating in the program that seeks to reduce carbon dioxide pollution in the Northeast by 10 percent by 2018, but Christie was exiting the pact by year’s end.

The governor said the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has failed to cut pollution and is expensive for taxpayers.

The Assembly Telecommunications Committee passed the measure on Thursday.

Is Christie right to drop out of the plan? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Greg Gorman

    NJ RGGI auction proceeds funded renewables, Energy Efficiency, and Demand Response Programs. PJM RPM auction held May 13, 2011 found fossil fuel sources of electricity lost market share to renewables, EE, and DR gained. Capacity commitment by coal resources alone decreased by 6.895 MW-Day (14%) from 49,110 MW-Day 2013/2014 to 42,215 MW-Day 2014/2015. RGGI is driving inefficient polluting generators from the market.

  • Vienna Joe

    Word has it that the amount of methane gas released into N.J.’s environment on days when Christie stuffs himself with fast food, raises dramatically. N.J. E.P.A. officials have been forced to issue ‘Green Cloud Alerts’ warning people who suffer from asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema to seek shelter in a closed room anytime the morbidly obese proponent of corporate welfare pulls into the drive through of any number of N.J. fast food emporiums …

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