Christie, the Kochs and climate change

Amazing. Yesterday, over 400,000 of us took to the streets of New York City and demanded world leaders act quickly to stop global climate change. And now in New Jersey we have a new chance to score a win in the fight to save our planet.    

Seeking to bolster his conservative credentials with Republican primary voters, Governor Chris Christie has yanked New Jersey from a regional program that reduces climate changing pollution. The Koch brothers loved it, but the courts have called it an illegal stunt, and last week legislators in Trenton started a process that could reverse it.  

The best part? Chris Christie can’t even use his veto pen to stop them.    

Tell the NJ Legislature to stand up to Chris Christie and bring New Jersey back into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).   

New Jersey has already felt the effects climate change through the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. We should be on the front lines of this fight — and not so long ago we were.       

New Jersey was a founding member of the RGGI cap and trade program. When Governor Christie pulled us out of the program, he contributed to our climate crisis while costing the state vital federal aid. We have missed out on $114 million in federal clean energy funds so far, and stand to lose half a billion dollars by 2020.      

Unfortunately, Chris Christie seems more interested in cozying up to the Kochs and courting South Carolina primary voters than he is in doing what’s right for our state and our planet.

If he won’t show leadership on this issue, our legislators have to. The resolution that passed out of committee this week could put us back on the road to rejoining this crucial fight.   

Tell the NJ Legislature to block Gov. Christie’s bid to pull New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.