Atlantic City – Surrounded by the five massive wind turbines that power the Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order that will direct state agencies to implement the 2010 Off-Shore Wind Economic Development Act to meet a goal of 3,500 megawatts of off-shore wind energy by 2030. The executive order will make New Jersey the national leader for off-shore wind commitments, besting both New York and Massachusetts, which have goals of 2,400 and 1,600 megawatt goals respectively.
Gov. Phil Murphy, First Lady Tammy Murphy, NJDEP Acting Commissioner Catherine McCabe, a crowd of state environmental leaders and activists and members of the Murphy Administration joined together in Atlantic Highlands, which had been severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy more than 5 years ago, to officially announce that New Jersey was rejoining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program, the landmark effort to reduce carbon pollution from fossil fuel power plants in the Northeast region, which Gov. Christie infamously pulled us out of nearly seven years ago.
Governor Phil Murphy was officially sworn into office as the 56th Governor of New Jersey during a packed audience at the Trenton War Memorial. Governor Murphy proceeded to deliver an Inaugural Address on the vision he will bring to his new Administration and where he hopes to take New Jersey. Environment New Jersey’s Director Doug O’Malley issued the following statement in response to the Inaugural Address.
Bidding for offshore oil and gas leases could begin as early as 2019 in almost all federal waters, including the entire Atlantic seaboard, including the Jersey Shore, under a new Trump Administration proposal. Environment New Jersey denounced the plan, which would open vast new areas of the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico to drilling, and was joined by a bipartisan set of public officials across the Garden State opposing the plan, including Sen. Booker, Sen. Menendez and Rep. Frank LoBiondo and Rep. Frank Pallone.
Today, the Trump administration took its first step toward rolling back the EPA’s Clean Power Plan by announcing a move to replace this critical program that cuts power plant pollution. Environment America released the following statement in response: