RGGI – A critical message for NH residents
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the need for federal and state governments alike to cut spending. While this is an undeniably true fact, there are a number of proposed cuts that could end up costing citizens even more money in the long run–chief among them (in my humble opinion) is the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI – pronounced “Reggie”). In 2008, ten states–Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont–launched the first market-based regulatory program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States. Each state caps carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, auctions CO2 emissions allowances, and invests in strategic energy programs that further reduce emissions, save consumers money, create jobs, and build a clean energy economy.
According to a University of New Hampshire study, the cumulative effect of RGGI’s efforts will save New Hampshire more than $60 million in energy expenses versus operating costs that are a fraction of this exceptional benefit to both the state’s bottom line and the environment.
On Thursday, May 5 the fate of RGGI lies in the hands of the NH Senate which will need to approve a reform bill that will ensure another round of funding for this critically important initative. I’m proud to stand with Conservation NH in support of RGGI and I was honored to be asked to record a radio commercial that is about to go into heavy rotation on the New Hampshire air waves. I implore all New Hampshire residents to contact their legislator and urge him/her to Save RGGI. You can find the legislator for your community here: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/senate/senatemembers.asp
If you’d like more background information about RGGI is all about, check out this great blog post by Michael O’Meara from Conservation NH: http://conservationnh.org/climate-energy/a-rggi-primer/
For more information about the radio campaign going on now, check out this press release: http://conservationnh.org/water/nh-business-leaders-take-to-the-air-to-support-rggi/