WASHINGTON - February 13 - Global warming is the greatest and most
urgent environmental challenge of our time. Governor Corzine rose to the
challenge today by establishing a firm, far-reaching, science-based commitment
to reduce New Jersey’s global warming emissions. Further, his support for
policies needed to achieve steep reductions will ensure New Jersey tackles this
problem head-on and sets a vital precedent for strong national action.
Governor Corzine’s support of the New
Jersey Global Warming Response Act, requiring mandatory caps on all global
warming emissions from all sources statewide, is especially important. With
leadership from the Governor and key environmental leaders in the New Jersey
legislature, New Jersey is poised to become the second state in the nation to
pass this ground-breaking legislation, the first comprehensive solution to
global warming advanced in our nation.
It is also critical to ensure New Jersey’s
commitment to tackling this problem is not superseded by imported electricity
generated by coal-fired power plants in nearby states. One major threat is
across the Delaware in Pennsylvania, where TXU Energy has proposed building two
to three conventional coal-fired power plants. If these plants are
constructed, they will wipe out all of the global warming emissions reductions
in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Another threat is American Electric
Power’s proposed $3 billion 765-kv transmission line that would pump in dirty
energy from West Virginia to New Jersey.
Fortunately, Governor Corzine has tools at
his disposal to address this problem. One such tool, which we strongly favor,
is to work with the state legislature to require a global warming emissions
standard for all electricity imported to New Jersey.
We also look forward to working with the
Governor and the Legislature to begin implementing these goals with initial
measurable, meaningful steps, such as more energy efficient building codes and
appliance standards, opposition to new in-state coal plants, construction of an
offshore wind pilot project and maintaining a strong clean energy fund, this
New Jerseyans know that global warming is
real. It will pack a mean punch, especially for our children and future
generations, if we don't act quickly to aggressively curb our emissions. The
Governor’s announcement today puts New Jersey at the forefront of the national
debate about what must be done to reverse global warming.
If we’re going to solve global warming, we
have to start here and now.
Global Warming Initiatives
New Jersey Executive Order – Sets a goal to reduce emissions by 20%
percent below current levels by 2020 (1990 levels) and 80% below current levels
by 2050. Governor Corzine also looks forward to working with the state
legislature to pass the New Jersey Global Warming Response Act (A3301/S2114),
establishing mandatory caps on emissions to below 1990 levels by 2020.
California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) and
Executive Order –
AB32 caps emissions at 2000 levels by 2010, 1990 levels by 2020. Governor
Schwarzenegger’s Executive Order also sets a goal of 80% emissions reductions by
Arizona Executive Order – Sets a goal to reduce emissions to 2000
Levels by 2020 and to 50% below 2000 levels by
New Mexico Executive Order – Set a goal to reduce emissions to 2000
levels by 2012, 10% below 2000 levels by 2020, and a 75% reduction below 2000
emission levels by 2050.
Washington Executive Order – Sets a goal to reduce emissions to 1990
levels by 2020, 25% below 1990 levels by 2035 and 50% below 1990 levels by
New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers
Climate Change Action Plan – Sets a goal to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by
2010, 10% below 1990 levels by 2020 and by 75-85% in the long term. New England
States in various stages of complying with agreement. Connecticut, Maine and
Massachusetts have unveiled plans. Rhode Island stakeholder group released a
West Coast Governors’ Plan – commitment to act individually and
regionally to reduce greenhouse gas emissions “below current levels”.
California takes lead. Serious efforts underway in Oregon and Washington to
North Carolina Legislative Commission on Global Warming
– charged with
proposing recommendations, no specific targets.
Illinois Global Warming Initiative
process established, expected targets to be announced
Jeff Tittel, Sierra