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May262011

Christie Pulls New Jersey Out of Greenhouse Program

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen(TRENTON, N.J) -- On Thursday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced that he is withdrawing New Jersey's membership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

RGGI, a regulatory program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has a membership of 10 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states.

"Our analysis of the RegionalGreenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) reveals that this program is not effective in reducing greenhouse gases and is unlikely to be in the future, in other words the whole system is not working as it was intended to work, it's a failure," said Christie at a news conference.

Christie has been under pressure from conservative groups to pull out of the so-called "cap and trade" program. However, the Natural Resources Defense Council released a poll on Thursday which shows that a majority of New Jersey residents support programs that focus on curbing climate change. NRDC found that 47 percent of respondents said that pulling out of RGGI was inconsistent with Gov. Christie’s stated commitment to the clean energy sector.

The RGGI responded to the withdrawal:

"RGGI CO2 Allowance Auction 12 will be held as scheduled on Wednesday, June 8, 2011," read the statement.  "Based on information provided by the state of New Jersey, the participating states will evaluate how New Jersey's proposed withdrawal might affect New Jersey allowances currently in circulation."

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