Monday Action for the week of 3/6/17:
How are nine states in the Northeast fighting climate change while improving health and saving lives?
The Natural Resources Defense Council calls it one of the most successful climate policies in the country: the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI, pronounced “Reggie”). The participating states are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
RGGI is a pioneering cap-and-invest program that has cut carbon pollution from power plants by over 37% through mandatory auctions for emissions allowances. The cap for emissions is reduced every 3 years; the annual reduction through 2020 is about 2.5%. The revenues generated by the auctions are used by states to invest in energy efficiency and other clean energy measures. The 9 Governors are discussing how much to limit carbon pollution from power plants after 2020.
Tell your Governor you want a 5% annual reduction of emissions, double the current rate of reduction, and then tell your friends in the other 8 states to tell their Governors.
You can use the sample talking points or copy-and-paste text below, if you like. Calling shows you really mean it, but if you email, be sure to personalize it. Contact information is below.
RGGI is literally a life saver. You have the power to save even more lives if you will fight for a 5% annual reduction in carbon emissions.
RGGI has also generated $2.9 billion in economic gains in the region, saved consumers $618 million on their energy bills, and created 30,000 job-years (job-years = one-year of full-time work).
Be a climate hero for all our children by championing sharp reductions in carbon pollution post-2020.
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You did it! Together we can make a difference for all of us.
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