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Governor Lynch remains RGGI's last protector in New Hampshire

09 Jun 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: Climate Change

New Hampshire Governor John Lynch remains the last hope for the state’s continued participation in the RGGI. On Wednesday, the Republican-lead New Hampshire legislature passed a bill repealing the state’s participation in the initiative.

If approved, the move would suffer another serious blow to the RGGI, with New Hampshire being the second of the original ten states to attempt to pull out of the program, following New Jersey’s removal announcement by Governor Chris Christie on May 26. 

Governor Lynch, a Democrat is expected to veto the legislation. The governor refuses to support any measure that would pull New Hampshire out of the carbon market program Lynch spokesman Colin Manning said.

However, the Governor’s support for RGGI may not be enough. The state’s House, which approved the bill via voice vote June 1, has enough votes to override the Governor’s veto. The Senate, which approved the bill 14-9, needs 16 votes to override a veto. While the Senate vote is enough to protect Governor Lynch’s veto on this particular bill, a second, compromise bill awaits conference committee review, and is expected to garner greater support in the legislature.

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