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Will NJ Pull Plug on Promoting Zero-Emission Vehicles?

Christie administration’s track record on greenhouse-gas emissions worries clean-energy advocates
Posted by Zak Koeske (Editor) , November 18, 2013 at 05:28 AM

The Christie administration has already pulled New Jersey out of a regional initiative to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Does that mean the state’s efforts to encourage use of zero- emission vehicles — as proposed under the California Low Emission Vehicle program – will end as well?

That question is being raised by clean-energy advocates as the Senate is poised to concur Monday with Governor Chris Christie’s conditional veto of a bill (A-3028) that would establish a new task force to determine what obstacles are preventing wider use of alternate-fuel vehicles.

Buried in the nine-page conditional veto issued in January and subsequently incorporated into a revised Assembly bill concurring with the conditional veto is an one-paragraph provision giving the state Department of Environmental Protection commissioner the authority to accept or reject the task force’s recommendation on implementation of the zero-emission vehicle requirement.


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