Rejoining RGGI Would Send Message to Next Governor, New President

With a new administration in Washington pulling back on climate-change initiatives, lawmakers are reviving an effort to rejoin a multistate initiative to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee yesterday approved a bill that would have New Jersey rejoin a regional program to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, a venture Gov. Chris Christie pulled out of early in his first term.

Not even its proponents believe the governor will sign the bill if passed, but they argue it is important to make clear the state’s intentions once a new executive takes office.

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