Excerpt from Press Release Provided by Food And Water Watch NJ. Part of the Empower NJ Coalition.
Trenton, NJ -- A bipartisan cadres of New Jersey legislative leaders joined the Empower NJ: No Fossil Fuel Projects Coalition today to urge the Legislature and Governor Murphy to take stronger action sooner to combat climate change and promote a green economy. They noted New Jersey is being hit hard by the climate crisis already, it’s getting worse, and proposed fossil-fuel infrastructure projects will deepen climate impacts. The legislators pushed a package of bills and called for the Governor’s new Energy Master Plan to aggressively confront this new reality.
An Empower NJ’s analysis, acknowledged as “in the ballpark” by NJDEP, in February found 8 proposed pipelines and 5 power plants if built would increase greenhouse gas emissions by 32% and block Governor Murphy’s 100% renewable energy goals.
“As the most densely populated state, we have to be a leader in combating the climate crisis,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Climate change is real and unless we take action now, our kids and our grand kids won’t have access to clean water and air in the future. Dangerous projects like the PennEast and NESE pipelines must be stopped and we must permanently ban all aspects of fracking in the Delaware River Basin. I am proud to be a part of this fight. We have made a lot of progress, but there is so much more to do and we need a moratorium to get there.”
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