RGGI Debate: Lonegan v. Tittel (but so much more)

Remember RGGI? That’s the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – the first real effort nationally to implement a “cap and trade” system in an effort to use market forces to reduce greenhouse gases. By most accounts, the program has been a success, raising hundreds of millions of dollars, while reducing carbon emissions, in ten northeastern states controlled by both democrats and republicans.

It really didn’t seem too controversial in the Garden State, until this Spring, when Gov. Christie pulled NJ out of the program, a move most observers called pandering to a right-wing national audience, and which infuriated environmental groups. It got even more controversial when Democratic Sen. Paul Sarlo showed up for a press conference with “Americans for Prosperity” chief, Steve Lonegan, to announce his opposition to RGGI as well. Sarlo was soon followed by Sen. Nick Sacco and Sen. Jeff Van Drew in supporting the Christie move.

This prompted Sen. Barbara Buono (hey, why didn’t they poll her against Christie the other day?) to write a post here on Blue Jersey calling out what she saw as a huge mistake, and other democrats in the Senate and Assembly to propose blocking Christie’s move. Obviously, divisions within the party had begun, even before all the allegations about “fake democrats” and “Christiecrats” caught fire during the pension and budget battles.

Confused yet? I confess, I could use some education on the subject. So, I’m looking forward to next Wednesday’s forum: Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Asset or Liability for New Jersey?, featuring none other than AFP’s Steve Lonegan and the Sierra Club’s Jeff Tittel. (Professor Alain L. Sanders, a member of the Political Science Department of St. Peter’s College, will moderate the discussion.)

It’s next Wednesday, July 27, 2011 from 7 to 9pm at the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, 687 Larch Ave, Teaneck, NJ, presented by Bergen Grassroots (DFA). See some of you there, and maybe just maybe we’ll learn a few things – about RGGI, and about where our state is headed.

Comments (6)

  1. toaonua

    Read up on this topic here:

    Conservative Group Wants to Shut Down NJ’s Offshore Wind Program

    http://www.njspotlight.com/sto

    and here:

    Koch brothers declare war on offshore wind

    http://www.grist.org/wind-powe

    and here:

    Wingnuts Target NJ Wind and Solar for Elimination

    http://www.wolfenotes.com/2011

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  2. RightOne

    THE SECRETS TEN STATES & WALL STREET DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW http://newjersey.watchdog.org/

    NJ WATCHDOG SUES STATE OVER CARBON AUCTION “SECRETS” http://newjersey.watchdog.org/

    WHY RGGI IS FAILING & UNLIKELY TO CUT CO-2 EMISSIONS BEFORE 2030 http://newjersey.watchdog.org/

    NJ WATCHDOG SUES STATE OF $777 MILLION OF AUCTION SECRETS http://newjersey.watchdog.org/

    NEW YORK OFFICIALS RELEASE 2,000 RGGI EMAILS TO NJ WATCHDOG; NEW JERSEY STILL CLAIMS THE RECORDS ARE CONFIDENTIAL  http://newjersey.watchdog.org/

    NOT DEAD YET!  RGGI REBOUNDS WITH $83M CAP & TRADE AUCTION http://newjersey.watchdog.org/

    DEMOCRAT BACKS NEW JERSEY BILL TO REPEAL RGGI CAP & TRADE  http://newjersey.watchdog.org/

    PSEG FIGHTS TO KEEP CAP & TRADE RECORDS SECRET  http://newjersey.watchdog.org/

    REPORT?  WHAT REPORT?  NJDEP IGNORES GLOBAL WARMING LAW http://newjersey.watchdog.org/

    PSEG & NJDEP TO RATEPAYERS:  IT’S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS! http://newjersey.watchdog.org/

    NEW JERSEY QUITS CAP & TRADE; FUTURE OF RGGI IS UNCERTAIN http://newjersey.watchdog.org/

    NEW JERSEY TO KEEP $102 MILLION IN RGGI DIVORCE SETTLEMENT http://newjersey.watchdog.org/

    N.E. CARBON MARKET REELS AS RGGI AUCTION HITS ALL-TIME LOW http://newjersey.watchdog.org/

    WAR OVER RGGI CONTINUES WITH NEW LEGISLATION & LITIGATION http://newjersey.watchdog.org/

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