NJ’s not in RGGI.
But it should be.
RGGI is a multi-state cap-and-trade system that creates jobs, brings clean energy investment to the state, and moves us closer to NJ’s 2020 GHG emissions goals. (That are mandated by the state’s 2007 Global Warming Response Act.)
Governor Christie pulled NJ out of RGGI in 2011 and has vetoed efforts to let the voters decide twice.
The only move now is to go around him.
Next stop is a Jan. 8 hearing on the matter by three NJ appellate court judges.
Can Climate Hawks Beat Chris Christie To Let New Jersey Rejoin RGGI?
Two developments this month, one in the state legislature and the other in the state court system, have re-opened the debate on New Jersey’s participation in RGGI’s cap-and-trade program and raise the possibility it can continue decarbonizing power generation while earning millions in clean energy investment.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz will testify before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. EDT at a hearing to discuss President Obama’s climate change policies.
Why does this matter?
a) This discussion has been a long time coming. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives hasn’t wanted to talk about it.
b) High-ranking Congresspeople who are on record as denying Climate Change will likely, once again, deny that human-caused Climate Change is a problem for our country and the world. That is good, overall. Sunlight disinfects.
So why now?
c) President Obama is set to announce a new EPA Carbon Pollution Standard on Friday. Without Congress’ help. This ruling will limit greenhouse gas emissions from newly built power plants.
Saving energy is good for business.
Just days before Earth Day, Natural gas provider New Jersey Resources announced Apr. 19 that it has met its 2020 GHG emissions reduction target.
NJ Energy Company Meets 2020 Greenhouse Gas Target
New Jersey Resources announced yesterday it has already achieved its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020, a target the state of New Jersey also has embraced,
How’s they do it?
The target was achieved, in large measure, by its chief subsidiary, New Jersey Natural Gas, which reduced its emissions by 33 percent by using heaters to keep natural gas flowing through the pipeline.
In addition to its pipeline energy reductions, NJR achieved airline and travel emission reductions of 29 percent and fleet reductions of 19 percent. It also achieved building emission reductions by retrofitting lighting in most of its buildings.
Here’s the company’s own press release:
NEW JERSEY RESOURCES MARKS EARTH DAY BY ANNOUNCING PROGRESS ON GOAL TO REDUCE EMISSIONS BY 20 PERCENT
And NJ Resources latest Corporate Sustainability Report