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.
America’s major cities have played key roles in the clean energy revolution and stand to reap significant benefits from solar energy adoption. As population hubs, they are home to the largest electricity markets and can have an important influence on the way we power our grid. The report highlights top regional solar cities, which includes Newark, and makes policy recommendations on how cities can expand solar.
New Jersey’s wetlands protect our homes and businesses from damaging flooding while helping to clean our water and provide habitat for wildlife. To safeguard our wetlands, we need to ensure that they enjoy the full protection of the federal Clean Water Act.
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