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PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release:
Thursday, February 7, 2013
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, aesposito@citizenscampaign.org
Brian Smith, Communications & Program Director, 716-831-3206, bsmith@citizenscampaign.org

NEW YORK, CONNECTICUT AND NORTHEAST STATES STEP UP THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

CCE applauds decision to cut power plant pollution by 45%

Albany, NY—The nine member states of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) today announced their intention to lower the program's greenhouse gas pollution cap by 45%, from 165 million tons to 91 million tons in 2014. The lower cap is expected to increase revenues from the sale of pollution credits, which will be invested in reducing pollution and investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy development.

In response to the New Model Rule, Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) provided the following statement:

“Today’s historic announcement demonstrates that RGGI states are willing to advance the critical steps needed to address global climate change. In the wake of the devastation brought to New York and Connecticut by Superstorm Sandy, it is critical that New York and Connecticut address the root cause of the increase of severe weather events - global climate change – and be a part of the solution. Simply rebuilding without addressing climate change will not yield the recovery that we desperately need. CCE congratulates Governor Cuomo, Governor Malloy and the other RGGI states for taking this meaningful action today.

Since the RGGI’s launch, greenhouse gas emissions have been significantly reduced, energy efficiency has reduced energy demand, thousands of jobs have been created, and electricity prices have gone down throughout the region. The improvements to the program will only bolster its success, and serve as a model for the nation to follow.”

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by seckel  2/7/13