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By Josh Goodman, Staff Writer
CAP-AND-TRADE DELAYED: Stymied by a court challenge, California is delaying implementing its cap-and-trade system to limit greenhouse gas emissions by a year, the Los Angeles Times reports . A judge ruled earlier this year that California hadn't sufficiently considered other ways to limit greenhouse gas emissions, forcing the state to analyze alternative methods to regulate large industrial emitters. Instead of starting in January, the system is now scheduled to go into effect in 2013. California is trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, a goal officials say they'll still meet.
GETTING THE DRILL: New York has taken the first step to end its moratorium on a controversial technique for drilling for natural gas, the New York Times reports . The state's Department of Environmental Conservation released a report last week recommending when hydrofracking — which involves boring through rock with pressurized fluid — should be allowed and when it shouldn't. New York, like other states, is trying to balance the economic and energy supply benefits of the practice and conerns about water pollution. Under New York's preliminary policy, hydrofracking would be forbidden on public land and in the New York City watershed.
RGGI RUPTURE: Both houses of the New Jersey legislature have voted to maintain the state's participation in the Northeast's cap-and-trade program, but the Record reports that that doesn't mean the state will actually be staying in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Governor Chris Christie announced in May that the state would become the first to leave the pact, which limits greenhouse gas emissions from power plants through a cap-and-trade program. Christie is expected to veto the legislation. Some legislators argue he didn't have the power to leave the program without their permission.