For Immediate Release
After the passage of a renewable energy bill (S2314 / A-3723), the following statement was released by Food & Water Watch Policy Advocate Lena Smith:
“Instead of charting a bold path to 100% clean energy, state lawmakers have passed a weak renewable bill alongside the disastrous PSE&G nuclear bailout. This clean energy bill sets an inadequate renewable energy goal, does not go far enough to promote solar development, does not address access to renewable energy for low-income communities, and fails to phase out dirty fossil fuel infrastructure projects.
“The only goal that matters is getting New Jersey to 100% renewable energy as quickly as possible. A bill that gets us halfway there, and fails to address key issues of equity and environmental justice, is simply insufficient.
“Governor Murphy campaigned on pushing the state to 100% clean, renewable energy. He should reject this half-measure, and work with lawmakers to build support for the NJ Off Fossils Act, introduced by Assemblyman Tim Eustace (A1823) and Senator Patrick Diegnan (S1405). These bills aim to get us to 100% renewable power by the year 2035, making them the most ambitious climate bills in the history of New Jersey. It’s time to think big.”