Majority of LFDA members say no to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative - 385 responses

Jan 27, 2015

Since 2009, New Hampshire has participated in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multi-state program that requires fossil fuel-burning power plants to cap emissions or trade for allowances to release more carbon dioxide. While proceeds from the sales of carbon allowances fund ratepayer rebates and grants for energy efficiency projects, the majority of Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) Facebook members said New Hampshire should stop participating in it. 

In answering the question, “Should NH stop participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative?” 65% of respondents who answered the question said yes, 35% of answered negatively. 24% of all respondents, however, did not directly answer the question, but instead discussed broader issues. In sum, the LFDA received specific comments from 98 individuals supported by 285 concurrences for a total of 385 citizen responses.

Representing the majority opinion, many respondents referred to RGGI as a tax scam. One gentleman remarked, “It's a scam to bilk money from energy producers and therefore the consumer. It proves nothing, does nothing, but it's making some folks rich who are doing nothing.” Many respondents also questioned the validity of global warming, as one gentleman referred to it as a hoax “perpetrated on the American people.” 

For those who expressed support for RGGI, several noted they had no issues with the fee they pay each month to participate in it. One respondent said, “This is a good program and the cost of 24 cents per month to customers is well beyond acceptable and justifiable.” Others focused on the environmental impact, including one gentleman, who noted, “Businesses that have environmental impact need regulating otherwise they only look out for themselves.”

For those who did not provide a direct “yes” or “no” to the question posed by the LFDA, some commented on the science surrounding climate change, while others noted that they have yet to see rebates of any kind. Added one respondent, “The only thing you can do to lower your own prices is to go off the grid.”

Click here to view the full Facebook discussion for this question. 

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