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Tell Gov. Murphy: We don’t need the damaging PennEast pipeline.
Far Hills, NJ (September 26, 2018) — The title of a new report from New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJ Conservation) released today sums it up: The proposed PennEast pipeline is a solution in search of a problem.
The report, written by Barbara Blumenthal, Ph.D., research director, NJ Conservation, provides data and analysis showing that the pipeline isn’t needed to satisfy need, to reduce natural gas prices, or to ensure reliability or a low-cost transition to a clean energy future.
“At this point,” the report concludes, “building unnecessary pipelines will only increase costs and increase emissions, taking the state in the wrong direction.”
Natural gas is now a major source of emissions in New Jersey, as it provides energy for electricity generation as well as for heating and cooling. The state has a legislative mandate to achieve 80 percent lower emissions by 2050, requiring a major decline in natural gas consumption across most sectors of the economy.
Instead, a smart combination of wind, solar, flexible load, storage, and stepped-up energy efficiency will not only heat, cool, and power New Jersey reliably, it will save money and support a vibrant economy.
“This report counters PennEast’s misleading claims and scare tactics with hard facts and solid analysis and makes clear that building PennEast would only add to a glut of pipeline capacity while driving up costs and emissions,” said Tom Gilbert, campaign director, NJ Conservation and ReThink Energy NJ. “The research shows that a clean energy future based on renewables will save money, reduce emissions, grow our economy, and improve community health and safety.”
The report compiles and updates research from gas experts and includes these key points:
The report contains in-depth explanations of these points and others, supported by citations from experts. It includes detailed analysis of energy capacity and demand in New Jersey, and explores various contingencies that could affect the state’s energy situation for years to come.
A Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll conducted this month for ReThink Energy NJ shows that New Jersey voters embrace a clean energy future. Sixty-six percent do not consider natural gas to be “clean” energy, an astounding 23-point increase since 2016, and three of every four voters want New Jersey to reach 100 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2050.