New Jersey is being overrun by natural gas pipelines and power plants, including proposals for TWELVE new projects. These projects would block New Jersey from achieving YOUR stated goal of reducing our state's greenhouse gas emissions and getting to 100% renewable clean energy. New Jersey needs to take bold action on climate change.
Governor, you have made a commitment to uphold the Paris Accord and rejoin RGGI. However, if these projects are built, greenhouse gases would increase by at least 32%. Dirty energy infrastructure releases carcinogenic toxins, carbon dioxide, and methane. Increased emissions would increase ozone levels and have serious health impacts, increasing premature deaths and increasing health care costs. Methane from these fracked gas projects will worsen climate change, adding to the devastating impacts we are already experiencing across New Jersey.
Governor, we ask that you PROTECT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH, GREEN JOBS, and FUTURE by PUTTING AN IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM on NEW FOSSIL FUEL PROJECTS in New Jersey, including gas-fired power plants, pipelines, and compressor stations. The moratorium should last until the Legislature, BPU, and DEP put into place rules and laws needed to regulate and reduce greenhouse gases.
The proposed fossil fuel projects are not necessary. New Jerseyans overwhelmingly support a rapid transition to clean, renewable energy.
By moving forward on clean energy and reducing reliance on fossil fuels, New Jersey can get to a green economy and combat climate change. Previous Governors have put in place moratoriums to deal with serious problems until they were resolved; it's time for you to step up and take action as your predecessors have done.