Murphy or Guadagno: There’s likely RGGI in New Jersey’s future

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – No matter who wins next month’s gubernatorial election, it is a near certainty New Jersey will be rejoining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the multistate coalition trying to clamp down on pollution from power plants.

Both Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno have pledged to have the state rejoin the initiative, an idea embraced by many in the environmental community but disparaged by those who see it as just another way to boost utility bills.

In its eight-and-a-half years, though, RGGI has driven down carbon dioxide emissions quicker than in other regions and funded more than $1 billion in clean-energy initiatives among its participating states, according to its advocates …

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