WAMU 88.5 : News

Md. And N.J. Governors Fight Over Cap-And-Trade Program

Play associated audio
Tommy Landers of Environment Maryland speaks at the release of a report on the state's efforts regarding climate change at Fells Point in Baltimore.
Matt Bush
Tommy Landers of Environment Maryland speaks at the release of a report on the state's efforts regarding climate change at Fells Point in Baltimore.

At the start of next year, New Jersey will no longer take part in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) after Republican Gov. Chris Christie called it a failure, saying it does nothing more than tax electricity and citizens.

That brought an immediate response from one of his political rivals, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) who said the program has led to a drop in carbon dioxide emissions in the state equivalent to nearly 3,500 cars being taken off the road.

Tommy Landers, with the group Environment Maryland, says the future for RGGI is clouded.

"If those power plants are not participating, then those emissions will not be reduced. We'll see exactly what effect it is going to have," he says.

A report from Environment Maryland states that RGGI is the only program statewide that is curbing greenhouse gas emissions at a rate that will allow Maryland to reach its goal of reducing them by 25 percent over the next decade.

NPR

'The Terror Years' Traces The Rise Of Al-Qaida And ISIS

Lawrence Wright's new book collects his essays for The New Yorker on the growth of terrorism in the Middle East, from the Sept. 11 attacks to the recent beheadings of journalists and aid workers.
NPR

Berkeley's Soda Tax Appears To Cut Consumption Of Sugary Drinks

According to a new study, the nation's first soda tax succeeded in cutting consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. But there's uncertainty about whether the effect will be permanent.
WAMU 88.5

Questions About Hillary Clinton’s Newly Uncovered Emails

A federal judge orders a review of nearly fifteen thousand recently discovered Hillary Clinton emails from her time as Secretary of State. A new batch related to the Clinton Foundation was also released. Join us to discuss ongoing questions.

WAMU 88.5

Questions About Hillary Clinton’s Newly Uncovered Emails

A federal judge orders a review of nearly fifteen thousand recently discovered Hillary Clinton emails from her time as Secretary of State. A new batch related to the Clinton Foundation was also released. Join us to discuss ongoing questions.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.