Christie’s RGGI Exit Violated State Law, Judges Find
The way that New Jersey governor Chris Christieâs administration withdrew from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative violated state law, a state appellate court ruled.
The three-judge panel said the state must start amending or repealing its climate change regulations within 60 days, Bloomberg reports.
Christie declared in May 2011 that New Jersey would withdraw from RGGI, then the only mandatory cap-and-trade program in the US.
At the time he said the programâs allowances were never expensive enough to change behavior, and that New Jersey has brought its carbon emissions below its 2020 goal as a result of market forces rather than cap-and-trade.
The appellate judges found that state laws were intended to enable New Jersey’s participation in RGGI. To withdraw from the market, the department should have taken steps to repeal or amend the regulations, the panel said.Â
Takeaway: Judges are forcing New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s administration to undertake a more formal process for the state’s withdrawal from the RGGI cap-and-trade program.
Tamar Wilner is Senior Editor at Environmental Leader PRO.Â
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