Dave Solomon on the Union-Leader puts his finger on New Hampshire’s central political issue following the move by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to up the ante:
The Granite State’s participation in RGGI has often been controversial at the State House, where some Republicans over the years have tried to get the state out of the program.
Each state eventually will have to apply its own legislative and regulatory processes to implement the changes to the carbon-trading program, which likely will set the stage for another debate about the future of RGGI in New Hampshire.
The RGGI board has voted to institute a new plan that calls for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by utilities between 2020 and 2030. The cap currently in place calls for 2.5 percent reductions in emissions each year from 2015 to 2020.