Christie Pivots on Climate Change, Pulls NJ out of Cap-and-Trade

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 03:26 PM

After announcing last year that he was “skeptical” about whether global warming is linked to human activity, Christie today said “climate change is real and it’s impacting our state.” He’s done some reading and had some talks, and though “I’m certainly not a scientist”, he now says “it’s time to defer to the experts.”

Under pressure from the Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity and other conservative groups to pull out of a greenhouse gas limiting program, Christie gave a speech today full of talk about how New Jersey will lead in environmental measures -- oh and he is pulling New Jersey out of the northeast’s cap-and-trade program, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (a “gimmicky program that hasn’t worked”). For New Jersey's own good.

While a poll released today by the NRDC indicates that more New Jersey voters want the program than don’t, the move may say more about Christie’s 2012 aspirations than the will of the people of New Jersey.


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