Global Warming

Global Warming

There is now scientific consensus that global warming is a serious and ever worsening issue that demands serious attention. Indicators include the fact that 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year on record and, as of late January 2011, the warm temperatures in the northern Atlantic are unprecedented in recorded history. Cap-and-trade programs have proven successful where implemented, including in the European Union and the northeastern United States. The EPA also has the authority, under the Clean Air Act, to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Commentary

Why on Earth Do We Listen to Those Who Cry Wolf?

Why on Earth Do We Listen to Those Who Cry Wolf?

July 28, 2011

New Hampshire Governor Defends RGGI

July 07, 2011

CASE STUDY: Koch Front Groups Attack RGGI – the Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

April 13, 2011

Republicans Can't Name A Single "Job Killer" Regulation

January 25, 2011

Cry Wolf Quotes

RGGI drives up energy costs for consumers at a time when nobody can afford any additional taxes.

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New Jersey State Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington).

Forcing business, industry, and food producers to reduce carbon emissions through government mandates and cap-and-trade policies under consideration for the regional climate initiative will increase the cost of doing business, push companies to do business with other states or nations, and increase consumer costs for electricity, fuel, and food;

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From the legislative template provided by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council.

RGGI makes us less competitive.

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New Jersey State Senator Steven Oroho (R., Sussex).

We remain completely committed to the idea that we have a responsibility to make the environment of our state and world better. We’re not going to do it by participating in gimmicky programs that don’t work.

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Chris Christie (R), governor of New Jersey.

Evidence

Backgrounders & Briefs

Economic Effect of Cap-and-Trade on Europe is "Imperceptible"

European Emissions Trading Scheme is a succesful carbon cap-and-trade system that has had an "imperceptible” negative impact on the European economy.

Resources

Blue Green Alliance is an alliance of labor and environmental organizations.

Green for All is a leading environmental oranization focused on creating green jobs for low-income communities and people of color.

Department of Energy alum Joe Romm runs Climate Progress out of the Center For American Progress.