UPDATE: “The NJ legislature has successfully passed a bill for NJ to remain in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). However, Gov. Christie has stated that he will veto this bill. Let’s renew our efforts at letting Christie know that NJ has spoken. The people of NJ want to participate in RGGI. Call Gov. Christie at 609-292-6000 or 609-777-2500 and tell his staff you want NJ to remain involved with R GGI.Do Not veto the bill, Governor!
Thank you for you support!! If you haven't yet, PLEASE do sign the petition and send it out to your networks!”
Governor, since your announcement to pull NJ from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) on May 26th, over 10,000 citizens have signed petitions demanding that NJ stay in RGGI. The NJ Legislature passed bills at the end of June committing NJ to stay in RGGI. RGGI has been good for NJ business and good for NJ citizens, it has lowered greenhouse gas pollution and supported and promoted clean, renewable energy in NJ. Governor, RGGI is good for NJ. The people of NJ want a clean energy future and RGGI helps provide this! We want NJ to stay in RGGI, why aren't you listening?
There is no cost to NJ residents to participate/cooperate with RGGI. RGGI has produced results and harms no business or individual. This is not a Republican or Democratic issue - it is an everyman/citizen issue. Most New Jerseyans understand we are experiencing climate change. The data and science support this. There will always be the few who believe the world is flat but catering to misinformation is not leadership.
Governor Christie, reconsider your decision. NJ citizens, enviornmental and public policy groups and the state legislature have spoken. Keep NJ in RGGI and show us you are listening to what the people of NJ want and thay you too care about clean air, clean energy and a clean future for all of the people of New Jersey.
In the 2 1/2 years RGGI has been operating it has generated more than $800 million for clean energy programs in the 10 participating states, $100 million of which has been targeted for NJ. Gov Christie put forward no specific facts or figures supporting why he wants to pull NJ from an effective, innovative, operating program, the first of its kind in the nation which is designed to limit carbon dioxide pollution from power plants and generate funds for clean energy at the same time. Gov. Christie offered only vague, non-supported arguments, stating that RGGI has: "been a failure and that it taxes electricity, taxes our citizens and taxes our business." Gov. Christie has not provided any supporting evidence to back up these claims. Other state Governors say Governor Christie is "simply wrong!"
RGGI requires power plants to purchase “pollution allowances” that generate real funds for each of the 10 participating states, which they in turn agree to use to improve energy efficiency and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy technology. Instead of using the money as it was intended - as a catalyst and seed to spur new business development to help NJ attract and create jobs for the 21st century in new, clean energy areas - in 2010 you deployed these funds to a “needier cause, a $65 million drop in the proverbial bucket, which is and remains NJ's more than $10 billion budget deficit.”
Instead of “getting back to RGGI in 2011” as you said you would do when you appropriated these funds in 2010, you chose - unilaterally, without giving time for public comment, independent scientific, environmental, or legislative review – to pull New Jersey out of the RGGI. In the short time it has been operating, this program has generated $800 million for clean energy programs in the 10 RGGI states and worked to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
The people of New Jersey have now spoken! We want clean air, clean water and a clean energy future. Reconsider your decision to withdraw New Jersey from RGGI.