New Jersey Governor Murphy has signed a bill to uphold the environmental requirements of the Paris Climate Accord. The new law, A1929 (Mukherji)/S598 (Smith), requires NJ to join U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold Paris Climate Accord. The Alliance is a bipartisan group of states in the United States that are committed to upholding the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change within their borders. There 16 other current members of the alliance including New York, California, and Puerto Rico.
“It’s important that Governor Murph has signed this bill and committed New Jersey to uphold the Paris Climate Accord. By joining 16 other states as part of this Climate Alliance, we are not only working together to protecting ourselves against climate change but sending a message to the Trump Administration. We can move forward together with other programs to reduce greenhouse gasses. Every other nation has signed on to the Paris Accords except the US. Since the federal Government won’t do anything about climate change, New Jersey will stand up with this new law. This will help move us forward with our battle against greenhouse gasses and climate disruption. We must work to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gasses and make New Jersey a leader in green energy once again!” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.
The effects that climate change could potentially have on New Jersey can be devastating from storm surges to flooding. The solution to mitigating these effects is investing in clean energy sources. Before Christie came in office, there were 11,000 solar jobs in the state, but now there are only 6,000. We used to do forty megawatts a month and now we’re doing eight. As a result, New Jersey has dropped from and 2nd to 8th in solar in the nation. As the solar market as changed, we need the BPU to address the changes in technology and improvements in solar.
“Governor Murphy is working to undo the eight years of anti-environmental agenda under Governor Christie and protect us from the Trump Administration by signing this bill. We can pass more bills to make sure that no matter what the federal government is doing, New Jersey can move forward. We must work to transition New Jersey to a green economy by promoting renewable energy over fossil fuels. We need to work towards a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050. We can follow the rules and standards of the Paris Agreement and protect our state from climate change,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.