As it stands now, each proposed pipeline is reviewed — and some approved — in isolation, without regard to whether more gas is actually needed, the cumulative impact all of these pipelines will have on our communities and our environment or whether alternatives exist.
Acknowledging that the military; most of the people in America, including business leaders; almost the entire scientific community and 200 nations across the world agree climate change is a problem and intend to solve it, President Obama went on to lay the foundation for the urgency of this issue by noting that 2014 was the warmest year on record, “until 2015 turned out to be even hotter.”
“It is extremely disappointing that the NJ Assembly did not post this important legislation for a vote today. New Jersey needs to adopt forward-thinking clean energy policies with the same sense of urgency demonstrated by world leaders in Paris last month.
New Jersey’s Assembly must act with urgency, just like the nearly 200 world leaders who recently met in Paris to finalize a unanimous, international climate pact, marking a momentous shift away from reliance on outdated fossil fuels, like natural gas, and towards a clean energy future.
Last week, the state Board of Public Utilities approved the 22-mile natural gas line, explaining that the project fits the state’s energy master plan to expand its distribution infrastructure — which pretty much means more pipelines. The BPU essentially ignored any environmental concerns, while supporters offer the usual assurances of how much better this will be for everyone. For example, the project will provide gas to the B.L. England plant in Cape May County that will replace an old — and shuttered — coal-powered operation, providing cleaner energy.