Majority favor leaving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative - 98 participants

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. On January 27, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH stop participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative?”

“Should NH stop participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

RGGI NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 98 participants gave 385 responses

A total of 76% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 24% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 98 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 385 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 65% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of leaving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. 

  • “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.”
  • “[It's a hoax] perpetrated on the American people.”

No:  The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 35%, were opposed to leaving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.   

  • “This is a good program and the cost of 24 cents per month to customers is well beyond acceptable and justifiable.”
  • “Businesses that have environmental impact need regulating otherwise they only look out for themselves.”

Other: As noted above, 24% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • The science surrounding climate change.
  • Rebates.
  • Pricing: “The only thing you can do to lower your own prices is to go off the grid.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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