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New Jersey Governor Orders Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets; Back to 1990 Levels by 2020

13 February 2007

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine today issued an Executive Order calling for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020—approximately a 20% reduction—followed by a further reduction of emissions to 80% below 2006 levels by 2050.

To reach this goal, the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will work with the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and other stakeholders to evaluate methods to meet and exceed the 2020 target reductions. The DEP Commissioner will make specific recommendations to meet the targets while taking into account the economic benefits and costs of implementing these recommendations. This evaluation will be done in conjunction with the state’s Energy Master Plan, which will incorporate the new greenhouse gas reduction goal.

The order calls on the DEP to develop a 1990 greenhouse gas emission inventory as well as a system for monitoring current greenhouse gas levels so that progress toward goals can be accurately tracked. DEP will report progress towards the target reductions no less than every two years and if necessary will recommend additional actions to reach the targets.

To further reduce emissions, the order calls for the Director of Energy Savings to develop targets and implementation strategies for reducing energy use by state facilities and vehicles fleets.

Today we have taken steps to preserve our planet for our children and grandchildren by adopting aggressive goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In the absence of leadership on the federal level the burden has now fallen upon state executives and legislatures to lead the way on this issue and I’m proud that New Jersey is helping to blaze that trail.

—Governor Corzine

The administration will call on other states to join in its efforts and will work closely with the Legislature to pass legislation to support and strengthen the targets set out in the Executive Order. Senator Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) and Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) are currently working on a bill to accomplish that goal.

As a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cooperative effort of Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states working to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the Corzine Administration will set up a cap and trade program to help limit carbon dioxide pollution from electric power plants.

Under this system power plants that exceed a predetermined level of carbon dioxide emissions will be required to pay a fee for each ton of carbon emitted over the limit. Governor Corzine will work with the Legislature to dedicate up to 100% of these funds to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy as well as other projects that benefit electric users. Senator Bob Smith (D-Middlesex) and Assemblyman John F. McKeon (D-Essex) are currently working on legislation to accomplish this goal.

In 2006, the California Assembly passed, and the Governor signed into law, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 which is intended to bring statewide emissions of greenhouse gases back down to 1990 levels by 2020—an estimated cut of 25%. (Earlier post.)

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does apply to the infamous Jersey swamps that emitted enough gaseous fumes to nearly shut down Manhattan recently...

Maybe I'm being a bit negative here but...
As a resident of the fine state of New Jerksey, I get the sinking feeling that there is no way in h*ll that the legislators can agree on anything that will make a difference.

I think states are smart to get down this road now. There will be national legislation inevitably -- and by getting a head start, they won't feel a tight pinch all at once.

Between California and RGGI, you've got a pretty good chunk of the population. If RGGI can expand into Pennsylvania and Maryland, it'll get even more... although it's unlikely RGGI will be able to crack into OH, KY, WV, or VA anytime soon. They may have more success going north into Quebec.

Gee, All the penalties will have "up to 100%" used for energy projects.

Translation: NO money will be used for energy and 100% will be used for earmarsk and political slush funds and other "public spending".

Two weeks inot therie new power tnad rthey are rerpairinfg our international comittments by shorting our spenidng on the ITER international cosnortium spendinfg by better than 50%. So much for energy research and keeping international agreements.

Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, flies in a Gulfstream V; but Ms. Pelosi says it beneath her dignity to have to use a Gulfstream V for free.

She wants the use of a Boeing 757 airliner of her very own.

Once again, "Everybody Sacrifice! You Do with Out. Conserve" so I can get burn all the fuel of a Boeing 757 to commute to work.

What's wrong with that picture?

Just two months is Office, and I 'm already sick of the phony Democrats.

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