The new governor of New Jersey has a mandate to speed up our state’s shift to clean, renewable, homegrown energy like wind and solar. New Jerseyans have spoken. Nearly 90 percent of our registered voters feel renewable energy is important to New Jersey’s overall health. That was one of many encouraging findings from a recent Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMin poll, which also found that nearly 75 percent are willing to pay $5 to $10 more per month on their utility bills for energy generated from solar and wind. About four of five (78 percent) New Jerseyans support 80 percent of the state’s energy coming from renewable sources by 2050. 77 percent believe our state should invest more in developing clean energy sources rather than fossil fuels and pipelines (22 percent), with three in five (64 percent) saying New Jersey is moving too slowly in this area. Three-fourths (73 percent) favor developing offshore wind energy off the New Jersey coast. 67 percent of voters believe that renewables are a better way to create jobs, and that the jobs associated with pipelines are not worth the risk to our environment and health.
These are strong numbers. All elected officials would love to have these approval ratings. But important steps remain for clean energy supporters to translate this mandate into action.
It is not enough for voters to want clean energy – we must actively engage in the political process to make our voices heard. If you are concerned about climate change and care about clean energy, what’s going on in Washington DC is dismaying. But New Jersey can forge its own path on these issues as states lead the way to a clean energy future.
The new governor and legislature must hear that New Jerseyans want, and expect, this change. It’s important to continue speaking against the multiple unneeded fossil fuel pipelines proposed for our state – like PennEast – that will increase harmful carbon emissions, and to continue speaking for clean and efficient energy. Moving to clean energy is a win for our environment and our economy. We can protect our air and water while creating thousands of good jobs through offshore wind, solar and energy efficiency. Voters must speak up and take action to make sure our elected leaders hear this message loud and clear.
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