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RGGI Report Print Final

RGGI Report Print Final

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RGGI
A National Modelfor FightingClimate Change
 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:A MODEL FORCLIMATE ACTION
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)is a work-horse, not a show-horse. RGGI is a nine-state coalition which has capped carbon pollution for energy plants at 165 million tons annually across the Northeast while using money raised from the sale of carbon pollution credits to reinvest back into energy
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In the few years since the program’s inception, RGGIhas become the guiding hand responsible for moving
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-ty and legislative district from concept to completion.In fact, when President Obama announced his cli-mate change action plan in June, 2013, he referenced12 states which have successfully moved to cut cli-mate-altering carbon pollution from energy producers – nine of which make up the RGGI coalition.The President’s announcement coincides with NewYork’s own efforts to further strengthen RGGI in thewake of the devastation felt by Hurricane Irene, Super-storm Sandy and Tropical Storm Lee.At the time of this writing, Governor Andrew Cuomohas proposed rules that will further lower the amountof pollution energy plants may emit, which will further 
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development of clean, renewable, and homegrown power.Today, when the Governor speaks about breakingdown government’s silos and opening New York for  business, RGGI is a program he can proudly point toas the connective tissue furthering his
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for tackling the emissions causing climate change.Governor Cuomo has recognized that economic de-velopment and environmental protections must work hand-in-hand, more so than any of his recent predeces-sors.The Governor became a national voice on the need to
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he followed up that rhetoric with proposed rules tostrengthen RGGI which will:
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 Map of member states
Since inception,RGGI has:
Sparked the development of innovative
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Enhanced consumer outreach and education modelsLaunched green economy workforce programsFostered ambitious investments in solar  installation
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