NJ’s Dem Gov. Cites Weather For Decision To Raise Electricity Prices

New Jersey’s newly-elected Democratic governor ordered his state to rejoin a regional carbon trading program some Republicans claim could result in higher energy prices.

Gov. Philip D. Murphy is thrusting the state back into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which requires power plants to purchase permits for carbon emissions.

His move was a punch in the gut in some respect to a portion of former Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s legacy.

“Pulling out of R.G.G.I. slowed down progress on lowering emissions and has cost New Jerseyans millions of dollars that could have been used to increase energy efficiency and improve air quality in our communities,” Murphy said in a statement Monday night.

“Five years ago, New Jersey faced Superstorm Sandy,” he noted, before suggesting that the storm’s deadly effects were partially a result of increased carbon emission use driving up global warming. Other coastal states are fully on board with the program.

New Hampshire, Maine, Maryland, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts are among several Northeastern states that have joined the RGGI.

California adopted its own cap-and-trade last year, and Washington state’s legislature is also mulling a possible price mechanism.

Christie, for his part, withdrew New Jersey from the program in 2012, telling reporters at the time that the RGGI “does nothing more than tax electricity, tax our citizens, tax our businesses,” with little data to show an impact on the environment.

A mixture of natural gas production and other energy production methods have helped offset the need for reliance on coal plants for electricity in the Northeast.

Electricity prices have declined an average of 3.9 percent since 2009, but prices leaped during a recent cold snap this winter.

Yet the average does not accurately reflect the very real risks associated with targeting the fossil fuel industry.

Americans used more gas during the most-recent cold snap than they did during the so-called polar vortex that covered the U.S.’ eastern half with arctic air in 2014, according to data from PointLogic Energy, an oil and gas firm that monitor gas usage.

The country consumed more than 143 billion cubic feet of gas as temperatures dipped to all-time lows on New Year’s Day, the data show.

Prices for natural gas skyrocketed to the highest levels in a month — gas is not the only fossil fuel states are turning to for warmth this winter.

Coal-fired power generation also jumped from around 20,000 megawatts on Christmas to more than 45,000 megawatts, according to a Dec. 29 report from Bloomberg. Demand for oil also jumped six-fold, Bloomberg reported.

The increase in gas prices led officials to accept gas imports from Russia, despite sanctions exacted against the state over tampering with U.S. elections.

Russian state-owned shipping company Sovcomflot delivered gas from Siberia’s Yamal LNG, a joint venture established by Russia’s Novatek, France’s Total and China’s CNPC, to a terminal on Britain’s Isle of Grain late last year, according to Reuters.

Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Berhad then sold the product to Engie SA, a French company. The gas was loaded on the Gaselys, a ship bound for New England with a mixture of liquid natural gas from multiple locations.

While the delivery was delayed, the ship is expected to make port in the very near future.

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    Spurwing Plover


    Always expect the Demac-Rats to raise prices on anything someone needs to take a 25000 volt cattle prod to that Stupid Jackass


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    If your State is going in the red fast a carbon tax is a gift that keeps giving . Interesting how it’s the Democrats keen to adopt policies that hollow out the dwindling middle class. A carbon tax punishes the poor and middle class the most and does absolutely nothing to set the worlds thermostat . Read the room Democrats . What’s next another firing coal workers campaign promise .
    What isn’t sustainable are your spending habits and abuse of
    public trust .
    At least with the con-men that pushed the oh so scary global warming narrative they recognized they were doomed and rebranded with the “Climate Change” mantra .
    Fold the bankrupt and corrupt Democrat Party … whip up a new name like Progressives and rebrand . Lets not forget the party that supported slavery was the Democrats so you identity politics is always going to come up short .


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    David Lewis


    This article tells of a success story of the climate change movement. One of this movement’s goals is to extract more money from the consumers and tax payers. Once these taxes are installed, no matter what form they take, including emission trading, the rate will continuously increase. I have read articles written by activists who have advocated starting low, and then continuing to increase the rates.


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