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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy last month signed an executive order directing his state to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the cap and trade emissions program including Maryland and eight other Northeastern states. Murphy’s order characterized former NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s 2012 withdrawal from RGGI as ‘lacking in common sense,’ saying that it has caused NJ to fall behind in its emissions targets and forego $279 million in revenue from RGGI auction proceeds. Murphy’s move yet another example of states acting on climate change in the face of the efforts of “the fossil fool in the White House” to roll back environmental regulations, said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.

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