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Getting serious about the clean energy revolution

Led by a courageous bipartisan group of farsighted governors, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative was hailed at its creation in 2009 as a declaration of independence in the clean energy revolution. The New England and Mid-Atlantic states that joined RGGI were among the original 13 colonies that forged this country’s first revolution; with the creation of RGGI, they led the way in the 21st century’s clean energy revolution.

RGGI was a move toward Massachusetts’ independence from shipping billions of dollars to other states and countries to fuel our electric power plants; independence from polluting fossil fuels; and independence from the tyranny of rising and volatile energy prices.

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