“Strengthening RGGI is one of the most effective and important steps to tackle climate pollution,” Peter Shattuck, director of Acadia Center’s Clean Energy Initiative, said in a statement. “Market based policies unleash the innovation and investment needed to achieve state climate targets and the goals of the Paris Agreement, and RGGI has shown just how well smart climate policy works.”
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Peter Shattuck of the Boston-based environmental group Acadia Center and director of the group’s Clean Energy Initiative, said the federal government’s withdrawal from international efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses “has created a void that is being filled by the states through groups like RGGI.” Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont are Connecticut’s partners in RGGI, which makes the group a formidable force in international efforts to reduce global warming, according to Shattuck.
“The RGGI states combined represent the sixth-largest economy in the world,” he said. Acadia Center is a Boston-based environmental group with offices in Connecticut.
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“This is what climate leadership looks like in the wake of the misguided and irresponsible decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris agreement,” said Peter Shattuck, Massachusetts director at the Boston-based Acadia Center.
New Jersey, a founding member of the group, dropped out in 2011. The move cost the Garden State nearly $300 million in lost proceeds from permit auctions ― a number which could balloon to $489 million by 2020, according to a 2015 estimate from the Acadia Center. Gov. Chris Christie (R) called the program a “failure,” and vetoed legislation to reinstate New Jersey’s membership three times, most recently last month.