Chris Christie on Energy & Oil
Consider windmills off NJ coast
[Christie debated Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan on radio in the GOP primary of 2009].
Christie said he would consider power-generating windmills off the Jersey coast; Lonegan said they were a money-draining experiment.
Source: Rise to Power, by B. Ingle & M. Symons, p.138
, Jun 5, 2012
Pulled out of ten-state Regional Greenhouse Gas program
Americans for Prosperity in 2010 circulated a document to politicians asking them not to support climate change legislation. Christie did not sign it. He did, however, pull out of the 10-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative program (RGGI).
Christie called RGGI a failure that would result in higher energy taxes and render the state uncompetitive with neighbors not in the program such as Pennsylvania. RGGI was an effort by the supporting states to tackle climate change issues by
charging companies for polluting emissions but allowing them to buy credits from firms that don't pollute, which would theoretically offer economic incentive to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
Critics saw a pattern developing.
Christie scaled back renewable energy goals, scaled back rebates for solar panels at residences, vetoed a bill that would have banned fracking, a process of using pressurized fluid to release gas and petroleum for extraction.
Source: Rise to Power, by B. Ingle & M. Symons, p.240-241
, Jun 5, 2012
The future for New Jersey is in green energy
Gov. Christie said in May: "The future for New Jersey is in green energy and already we've put in place policies to broaden our access to renewable sources of energy, cleaner natural gas generation and ending our reliance on coal generation."
Christie Administration has a proven record of commitment to secure the environmental and economic benefits of renewable energy in our state. The wind power movement is providing New Jersey with a unique opportunity to advance green energy as industry.
New Jersey Renewable Energy By the Numbers
Source: 2011 gubernatorial press release, "Renewable Energy"
, Jul 26, 2011
- New Jersey has 10,086 solar energy array projects installed across the state providing over 380 MW of installed capacity.
- In June 2011, 520 solar projects were installed totaling over
40 MW of installed capacity.
- For the first quarter of 2011, New Jersey installed 42 MW of solar, representing 49% growth over first quarter 2010.
- New Jersey has the 7th highest Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard in the nation at 22.5%.
Don't tap strategic reserves for political purposes
Q: What about gas prices? Do you think it was the right thing to do to tap the strategic reserves to drive down gas prices?
A: I'm concerned about that. I think the strategic reserves are for strategic purposes and not political purposes.
You thought this was a political move?
A: Well, I think it looks like that. I don't know if it was. But I think it looks like that and that gives me some concern because it hurts the credibility of the program if people feel that's the way it was used.
Source: Interview on NBC "Meet the Press"
, Jun 26, 2011
Incentivize energy manufacturing & wind turbines
Source: 2009 Gubernatorial campaign website, christiefornj.com
, Nov 3, 2009
- Incentivize energy manufacturing with tax credits. 100% of the corporate business taxes or the insurance premium tax for any wind turbine and manufacturing facility that locates in New Jersey.
- New Jersey will create higher-paying clean
energy production jobs in the next four years.
- Commit to a 5/1 ratio of higher-paying, clean energy production jobs to lower paying, efficiency jobs.
- New Jersey ranks 43rd when it comes to generating renewable energy.
Make NJ a magnet for renewable energy manufacturer
Energy as Industry is an opportunity to recover the good-paying, middle-class jobs that have been lost by focusing on production. As the country and the rest of the world makes renewable energy a priority,
New Jersey has an opportunity and ability to once again become a leader of industry.
Make New Jersey a magnet for renewable energy manufacturers:
- Make New Jersey's Governor our State's Chief Energy Advocate.
- The "Choose New Jersey Energy" Campaign.
Establish "Renew NJ" to consolidate all renewable energy manufacturing efforts.