Northeastern States Step Up Initiative to Reduce Emissions

The nine Northeastern states that make up the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have doubled down on addressing climate change. The R.G.G.I., the country’s first multi-state GHG initiative, has agreed to reduce emissions from power plants by an additional 30 percent by 2030, on top of the 40 percent cut achieved since the program began in 2009, reports the NY Times. Two important notes: 1) it is a bipartisan effort, supported by governors of both parties, and 2) the program has made substantial emissions reductions at little cost to either state budgets or to consumers. So far, the initiative has raised $2.7 billion which has been invested in energy efficiency, even as rates have fallen 3.4 percent in the nine states. EPA, take note.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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