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Cutting Pollution, Cutting Costs: How New Jersey Can Maximize the Benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

New Jersey and nine other northeastern states took a pioneering step to address global warming with adoption of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the first regional cap-and-trade program for global warming pollution in the nation’s history. The RGGI agreement, however, gives individual states discretion over how to implement key parts of the program. Cutting Pollution, Cutting Costs describes how New Jersey can maximize the benefits of RGGI by auctioning pollution allowances and avoiding loopholes that would weaken the program.

(October 2007)
Reaping the Rewards: How State Renewable Electricity Standards are Cutting Pollution, Saving Money, Creating Jobs and Fueling a Clean Energy Boom

More than half of the nation’s 50 states have adopted renewable electricity standards (RES) – policies that require utilities to obtain a minimum percentage of renewable energy for their customers. Reaping the Rewards shows that state that have adopted RES policies are leading the nation in the production of clean energy, while reducing pollution, curbing reliance on fossil fuels, and creating exciting new economic opportunities.

(September 2007)
Cool Moves: Transit in New England and Its Role in Curbing Global Warming Pollution

New England’s transportation system produces more global warming pollution than any other sector of the region’s economy. Cool Moves documents how New England’s public transportation systems are helping to reduce global warming pollution in the region, while also saving oil and providing a host of other benefits to the region.

(September 2007)
Energizing Ohio’s Economy: Creating Jobs and Reducing Pollution with Wind Power

Developing Ohio’s wind energy resources will advance Ohio’s economy. Clean, renewable and home-grown wind energy will help to make Ohio more energy independent, create jobs, increase incomes, and help to prepare our economy for a potential national cap on global warming pollution. Energizing Ohio’s Economy uses an economic model to evaluate the impact of increasing wind energy production to 20 percent of Ohio retail electricity sales by 2020, in comparison with continuing business as usual. We find that wind energy can provide significant benefits for Ohio’s economy and environment. Accordingly, wind power and other renewable energy resources should play a central part in Ohio’s energy policy.

(August 2007)

Transportation produces roughly 42 percent of Florida’s global warming pollution. The Benefits of Adopting the Clean Cars Program in Florida explains how Florida could reduce global warming emissions from passenger vehicles by adopting California’s clean car standards. By requiring advanced-technology vehicles—including hybrid-electric and eventually hydrogen vehicles—and establishing global warming pollution standards, the clean cars program could begin to reduce Florida’s contribution to global warming.

(August 2007)