How to stop NJ from triggering more carbon pollution in other states

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – A state agency is looking at whether New Jersey by rejoining a regional initiative to clamp down on greenhouse gases from power plants could wind up increasing climate-altering pollution elsewhere.

The issue, known as leakage, has been raised previously by environmentalists and energy consultants who questioned whether New Jersey’s proposal to re-enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative might increase emissions from states not part of the program.

In essence, critics argued the caps set by the Murphy administration on carbon pollution from power plants were at such a level that cheaper and dirtier generating units out of state would run more frequently than expensive and less polluting facilities in New Jersey, leading to more global warming pollution …

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