America and the world must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases immediately and dramatically if we are to prevent the worst impacts of global warming. If the world is to meet the promises of the Paris Climate Agreement, and limit global warming no more than 2 degrees Celsius, the United States will have to virtually eliminate carbon pollution by mid-century. Our transportation system has emerged as Climate Enemy #1, with cars, trucks and other vehicles now representing the nation’s largest source of carbon pollution. We must reimagine our transportation policies and empower cities and state to implement effective solutions.
Solar panels provide pollution-free energy that delivers far-reaching benefits to the environment and the electric grid, said a new report by Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center. The report outlines how solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through programs like net metering from utilities.
America has made progress in cutting pollution from cars and trucks over the last decade as a result of improved vehicle fuel economy and slower growth in driving. But eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from our urban transportation systems is going to require more than incremental change – it will require transformation.
Public transit is more than just getting from Point A to Point B – it’s the future engine of success for our state, with the potential to create a stronger economy, cleaner environment and more equitable transportation options for low- and moderate-income residents. Yet despite transit’s clear benefit to New Jersey, the state has systematically shirked its responsibility to invest the dollars necessary to create a world-class public transit system that is reliable and affordable.
Wind power continues to grow as a source of clean energy across America. The United States generated 26 times more electricity from wind power in 2014 than it did in 2001. But off-shore wind’s potential still remains relatively untapped, especially off the Atlantic. With the extension of clean energy tax credits, wind power can play a vital role in reducing carbon pollution under EPA’s Clean Power Plan and the transition to a clean energy economy.
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