NH House Democrats lead bipartisan vote against withdrawal from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Concord, N.H. - Today, New Hampshire House Democrats led a bipartisan vote against New Hampshire's withdrawal from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a 9-state pact to reduce carbon emissions by setting regional standards. If it had passed, New Hampshire would have moved closer to joining New Jersey, who left under the leadership of then-least popular governor in the country Chris Christie. As governor-elect, Chris Sununu considered a push to withdraw from RGGI. NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement: "Today's vote to uphold the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a loud rejection of Governor Sununu's direction on environmental policy. As governor-elect, Sununu said he would consider withdrawing from RGGI, leaving the 9-state partnership and becoming the only state in New England to do so. Thanks to a bipartisan effort led by New Hampshire House Democrats, this state will continue along the path of clean energy & robust efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. Sununu's anti-environmental agenda is no anomaly. He fought basic science by denying carbon emissions' role in climate change, backed Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, refused to join the US Climate Alliance, and voted down multiple clean energy projects during his time as an executive councilor. In 2018, Granite Staters will continue to reject the Sununu agenda in favor of a more thoughtful, responsible agenda that grows our economy while protecting and investing in our state's natural resources."