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In 2011, under the administration of Chris Christie, New Jersey pulled out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  Christie was responsible for slowing efforts of cultivating wind farms and blocking legislative efforts to rejoin RGGI, as he referred to it as “ineffective and a tax on utility customers.”  The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a cooperative effort made by 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to limit greenhouse gas emissions, and requires a 10% reduction in emissions by 2018.  The program has been recognized as an effective way for states to fight global warming and pay to pursue the most efficient methods of energy conservation as it seeks to limit emissions of carbon dioxide, support solar and wind power, and help companies meet their energy compliance obligations.

 

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New Jersey is now looking to get back onto the right environmental track as Phil Murphy has just been elected as new governor of the state.  Murphy promised to rejoin the RGGI and shows his ambition on taking an initiative in helping New Jersey prosper from clean energy sources and come to terms on implementing an efficient energy plan.  One of the specific focuses that Murphy is looking to implement is the use of wind energy.  Murphy looks to set up, what his campaign refers to as, “the most ambitious offshore wind target in the country,” by promising to bring 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind power by the year 2030.  In a nation where numerous politicians can be described as having “cold feet” towards the fight against climate change, it will be beneficial for New Jersey to once again take a leading role in initiating as many energy conservation practices as possible.

 

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One of Murphy’s statements, which I believe has a huge significance in changing the political attitude towards climate change, is that “economic growth and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive … we can base a new and stronger middle class on innovation and clean energy … ”  It is no secret that New Jersey is the most densely populated state across the country and it produces enough pollution to prove it.  Failing to take action now will only lead to more severe heat waves, droughts, coastal flooding and other threatening weather events for the Garden State.  With Phil Murphy now in control, New Jersey hopes to take progressive steps in maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment for a positive outlook in the future.

 

Sources:

Grandoni, Dino. “Analysis | The Energy 202: With Chris Christie gone, wind energy may pick up speed in New Jersey.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 13 Nov. 2017, www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-energy-202/2017/11/13/the-energy-202-with-chris-christie-gone-wind-energy-may-pick-up-speed-in-new-jersey/5a091e0630fb045a2e002fb5/?utm_term=.cd0258579c0e.

“Energy & Environment.” Lawmakers Hope to Steer State Back into Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – NJ Spotlight, www.njspotlight.com/stories/17/05/22/lawmakers-hope-to-steer-state-back-into-regional-greenhouse-gas-initiative/.

“​ Murphy Unveils Aggressive Plan to Combat Climate Change & Make New Jersey A National Leader in Clean Energy.” Insider NJ, www.insidernj.com/press-release/%E2%80%8B-murphy-unveils-aggressive-plan-combat-climate-change-make-new-jersey-national-leader-clean-energy/.

Levy, John M. Contemporary Urban Planning.

 

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