HOBOKEN, NJ – Activists with Food & Water Watch and the EMPOWER NJ coalition disrupted Governor Murphy’s ribbon cutting ceremony for a climate resiliency park this morning, demanding that his administration take stronger action to stop new fossil fuel projects across the state.
The park is just miles from where two different gas-fired plants are being proposed by state agencies – a NJ Transit plant in Kearny and one at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission headquarters in Newark.
Food & Water Watch New Jersey State Director Matt Smith released the following statement:
“Days ago, our state was plunged into a critical air quality emergency linked to massive fires in Canada that are yet one more sign of the urgency of the climate crisis we are facing. Governor Murphy claimed that his administration is doing all it can on climate action, but this is simply not the case. The governor can live up to his climate and clean energy promises by denying permits for all of the major new fossil fuel projects being proposed across our state. We cannot make meaningful progress on saving our climate if we continue to build new sources of deadly air and climate pollution. Governor Murphy must lead the way by using all of his executive authority to deny these climate-killing dirty energy projects.”