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The Pursuit Of Clean Energy In New Jersey

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Yesterday there was a meeting held at the statehouse to discuss what New Jersey needs to do in order to curb carbon emission. On June 2, 2014 President Obama introduced the Clean Power Plan which gives states one-year to come up with their own plan to curb emissions, otherwise the EPA can step in and take over.

New Jersey Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman and Senators Bob Smith and Donald Norcross don’t want to see that happen so they are on a mission to control emissions!

These three along with two concerned citizens got together to discuss the impacts that climate change has had in New Jersey. They said this is not only a severe weather problem, but also a health and economic problem which is hurting small businesses.

Jeff Tittel with the Sierra Club discussed the possibility of an energy crisis going up because of these regulations.

“For a lot of businesses it’s actually going to help them create more jobs as people do more to insulate and weatherize their home,” he said.

Jack Mozloom with the National Federation of Independent Business also chimed in to discuss how climate change affects small businesses.

“The EPA itself estimates that it will cost $8 billion in terms of increased electricity costs and that could mean an increase for consumers as much as 40%. Small business owners in New Jersey and everywhere else, I cover 15 states, are heavily dependent on affordable energy. Just like this place, you have to have light on to run it, if that gets more expensive, than that’s money you have to divert from someplace else,” he explained.

 

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