STATE – New Jersey’s clean energy leaders are calling for a stronger Energy Master Plan (EMP) and urge citizens to come to the upcoming hearings to voice their support for New Jersey’s current clean energy goals.
The 2008 EMP called for 30 percent of our energy to come from renewable sources by 2020 and New Jersey is on track to meet that goal. Gov. Chris Christie lowered that target to 22.5 percent in his EMP proposal. A recent study by American Security Project found New Jersey could generate at least 31 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.
“New Jersey’s first energy road map implemented by a series of coordinated and groundbreaking initiatives like the Global Warming Response Act and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) have catapulted our state to a national leader in clean energy, delivered significant energy savings to residential and industrial ratepayers and generated thousands of green jobs,” said Assembly Environment Chairman John F. McKeon (D-Essex). “By reducing our renewable energy goals, increasing our dependence on fossil fuels and withdrawing clean energy incentives for consumers while continuing to make them pay for the program, Gov. Christie’s Energy Master Plan would be taking a giant step backwards. We are at the apex of progress. We must stand up and fight to continue our march towards a clean energy economy and energy independence. Governor Christie’s plan is counterproductive and regressive.”
“The future of New Jersey is at stake. We can either have clean energy, green jobs, and less pollution or we can have the fossil foolishness of the past. This Energy Master Plan gets rid of 20 years of progress and will move New Jersey backwards toward more pollution and will hurt our economy and the public health of the people of New Jersey,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of New Jersey Sierra Club.
There are three upcoming public hearings on the governor’s proposed EMP:
July 26 from 1–5 p.m.
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
Campus Center Atrium
150 Bleeker St., Newark
Aug. 3 from 1–5 p.m.
State House Annex, Committee Room 11
125 West State Street, Trenton
Aug. 11 from 1–5 p.m.
Richard Stockton College
Vera King Farris Drive, Pomona
“Governor Christie’s energy plan for New Jersey scales back our critical clean energy goals and instead supports more subsidies for fossil fuels,” said Matt Elliott, Clean Energy Advocate at Environment New Jersey. “We need citizens to show up at these hearings and remind the Governor that New Jersey has some of the worst air pollution in the nation. It’s time to ramp up our efforts to promote clean energy instead of increasing our unhealthy addiction to fossil fuels.”
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