Opinion: Will N.J. be a hub or a bust for wind turbines?

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DAN FATTON and JOHN SHINN / STAR-LEDGER – The landmark 2010 Offshore Wind Economic Development Act should have made New Jersey national leader in offshore wind.

Yet, for seven years, little action has been taken to capitalize on this opportunity for creating family-sustaining jobs, increasing clean energy production, and stimulating economic development. Gov. Chris Christie — and now the Trump administration– has stalled, and rolled back progress on climate policy.

It’s rare to find such broad consensus on policy issues, but on Aug. 16, several dozen leaders gathered under the shadow of massive wind turbines at the Atlantic City Utilities Authority to demand New Jersey take action on offshore wind …

John Shinn is Director of District 4 of the United Steelworkers and NJ Work Environment Council Board Member. Dan Fatton is Executive Director of the NJ Work Environment Council, a coalition dedicated to safe, secure jobs and a healthy, sustainable environment. 

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