New fossil fuel infrastructure is planned for New Jersey
New Jersey has been impacted by climate change more than many states
Sea level rise; increased storm runoff; salt water incursion into fresh water supplies; more frequent severe storms; worse air pollution including ground-level ozone
Fossil fuel infrastructure locks in dependence on greenhouse gas production
Spending money on building natural gas pipelines encourages more fracking for natural gas supplies, contributing to climate change and leaving less money for modern, green, clean energy projects.
A moratorium encourages investment in clean energy production
Financial resources are best put to use by increasing investment in renewable energy projects such as wind and solar power plants to meet New Jersey's energy needs while curbing our greenhouse gas production.
Read our report: "FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE IN NJ: The Urgent Case for a Moratorium on all Fossil Fuel Projects"
With this report, Empower NJ documents the extent of the disconnect between Governor Murphy's bold words on the urgency of curbing the cataclysmic effects of climate change and his administration's lack of significant action to address this crisis. The report sets out the need for an immediate moratorium on all new fossil fuel projects as a key step in putting New Jersey on track to meet the Governor’s objectives.
New pipelines and power plants threaten our water supply, health, and open space
Even when buried underground, pipeline rights-of-way disturb the environment. Increased erosion and habitat destruction affects people, animals, plants, and clean water supplies for the entire region. These pipelines would carry gas produced by fracking; fracking wastewater risks contamination of water supplies throughout the Delaware River basin watershed.
New power plants would disproportionally affect communities already bearing the health burdens of burning fossil fuels
Power plants tend to be clustered in poorer communities, which suffer from high rates of childhood asthma and other health issues. Emissions from the power plants, particulates from diesel trucks servicing the plants, reduced open space for healthy recreation -- these problems keep on getting dumped on the same regions.
Governor Murphy has the authority to put a moratorium on these development projects, but has been reluctant to act
Since 2005, the NJDEP has had the authority to regulate greenhouse gases and carbon under the New Jersey Air Pollution Control Act and through Title V permits. The Department’s determination is based on compelling scientific evidence of existing and projected adverse impacts due to climate change on the environment, ecosystems, wildlife, human health, and enjoyment of property in the state.
Tell Governor Murphy to Halt Unnecessary Fossil Fuel Infrastructure!
Send a message to the Governor by signing our petition urging him to protect our health and fight climate change by enacting an immediate moratorium on new fossil fuel infrastructure, including the 12 new gas power plants, compressor stations, and pipelines currently proposed in New Jersey.