New Jersey commits to reducing climate pollutants by 50% by 2030

On Nov. 10, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order establishing a goal to reduce carbon emissions in New Jersey by 50% by 2030. 

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Author: John Stout

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John creates content for the Environment America state groups. He was previously the transportation advocate for U.S. PIRG and MASSPIRG. John has co-authored multiple reports and numerous op-eds on transportation issues ranging from increased public transit to electrified vehicles to how e-bikes can help us tackle climate change. John lives in Boston with his wife, who works as a nurse at Boston Children's Hospital. They enjoy biking, surfing and eating.

On the heels of Hurricane Ida, New Jersey took a huge step to address the reality of extreme weather resulting from climate change.
 
On Nov. 10, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order establishing a goal to reduce carbon emissions in New Jersey by 50% by 2030. In addition, the governor announced another $33 million for transportation electrification projects from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Transitioning the dirtiest vehicles on the roads — in particular, diesel buses and trucks — is critical for curbing the climate crisis and improving public health. 
 
"It’s imperative that New Jersey follows the climate science to reduce greenhouse gas pollution," said Doug O’Malley, state director of Environment New Jersey. "We have the solutions within our grasp to do this, and that begins with investing in clean, renewable energy."
 
Environment New Jersey and our national network are advocating for a wide array of solutions to curb climate change, including cleaner energy production, cleaner transportation and ending fossil fuel subsidies.

Read more about the announcement.

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Photo: Environment New Jersey is also supporting state-level legislation that would commit the state to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Credit: Soonthorn Wongsaita via Shutterstock
 

John Stout
Content Creator

Author: John Stout

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., Pomona College

John creates content for the Environment America state groups. He was previously the transportation advocate for U.S. PIRG and MASSPIRG. John has co-authored multiple reports and numerous op-eds on transportation issues ranging from increased public transit to electrified vehicles to how e-bikes can help us tackle climate change. John lives in Boston with his wife, who works as a nurse at Boston Children's Hospital. They enjoy biking, surfing and eating.