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Herman Cain Joins Protest Against RGGI Cap-and-Trade

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

It was hot at Ground Zero. A rally was scheduled to begin at noon, the exact moment that the sun would finish climbing over the skyscrapers and flush out the shade. Inside the Federal Building in downtown Manhattan, officials with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Inititative (RGGI, or "Reggie") were auctioning off carbon permits—the price for businesses to release CO2 into the atmosphere

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Coastal Access and Greenhouse Gas in New Jersey

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

We're trying to get away from one-size-fits-all regulation. Towns come forward to the DEP and say, look, because of physical constraints or whatever, we can provide this much parking; we can't provide these three access points onto the beach, but we can do more parking over here and more bath facilities over here. It's about trying to find best combination for towns going forward.

Bob Martin, New Jersey Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Audio: Ilya Marritz's Take On Christie Greenhouse Gas Decision

Friday, May 27, 2011

Want to understand why NJ Governor Chris Christie exited the 10-state cap and trade program? Listen here:

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Christie Pulls Plug on Greenhouse Gas Initiative For NJ

Thursday, May 26, 2011

(New York, NY -- Ilya Marritz, WNYC) UPDATED WITH VIDEO New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is withdrawing New Jersey from a greenhouse gas emissions reduction program by the end of the year.

The cap-and-trade program — the Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative — requires power plants in 10 northeast states to buy emissions credits for every ton of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.

In recent months, Christie cast doubt on the science of global warming, and eliminated the state's Office of Climate Change.

"The whole system is not working as it was intended to work," Christie said. "It is a failure."

But State Senate President Steve Sweeney said the program "has wide-spread support and its principles are largely endorsed by the people of New Jersey. Removing New Jersey from RGGI can only cause harm to our state’s environment."

The New Jersey Sierra Club called the move "an environmental disaster."

Proceeds from the program have been used to fund energy efficiency and environmental programs. Last year, Christie raided the fund to help balance the state's budget.

Here's the video from Christie's office -- note the headline, "NJ's Future is Green," is Christie's office's own spin on the announcement.

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Christie Pulls Plug on Greenhouse Gas Initiative for New Jersey

Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced on Thursday he will withdraw the state from a greenhouse gas emissions reduction program by the end of the year. 

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