Measure approved to reduce global warming, but some doubt it has teeth

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Despite protests from some environmentalists, lawmakers approved a bill yesterday that aims to ensure New Jersey achieves its aggressive targets to reduce global-warming pollution that causes climate change.

The bill (A-4821/-S-3207), a stripped-down version of a measure initially passed by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, is the latest initiative to focus on the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 80 percent below 2006 levels by 2050.

But some climate activists said the bill fails to advance any meaningful policies to combat global warming, merely requiring more monitoring and modeling of climate-changing pollutants without mandating anything the state could do to actually curb emissions …

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