Over the last decade, northeastern states have built a track record of successful action to reduce global warming pollution. By working together
across state lines and partisan divides—and developing innovative new policies to hasten the transition to a clean energy economy—the Northeast has succeeded in
cutting emissions while safeguarding the region’s economic health.
Between 2000 and 2009, the 10 northeastern states1 that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cut per capita carbon dioxide
emissions 20 percent faster than the rest of the nation—even as the region’s gross product per capita grew 87 percent
faster than the rest of the United States.
The region is on pace to achieve the ambitious emission reduction goals set over the last decade. Much more remains to be
done to protect the region from the impacts of global warming, but the experience of the past decade provides hope that smart
policies and an ethic of cooperation can result in a rapid reduction in global warming pollution even as the region’s economy
continues to grow.
Industrial facilities dumped 8.5 million pounds of toxic chemicals into New Jerseys’s waterways, making New Jersey’s waterways the 12th worst in the nation, according to a new report released today by Environment New Jersey.
With extreme weather events increasingly common in New Jersey and across the United States, Environment New Jersey released a new report. The report documents extreme weather events in every county in New Jersey, and discusses the likely consequences of future disasters as a result of a warming world.
In 2005, New Jersey joined nine other Northeastern states in a landmark agreement to limit global warming pollution from the region’s power plants. This agreement, known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), is designed to clean up pollution from power plants while fueling the transition to a clean energy economy. New Jersey has benefited from RGGI through the investment of funds from the sale of pollution allowances in clean energy projects—projects that are cutting pollution, benefiting energy consumers and creating new economic opportunities.
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