Opinion: We can fight climate chaos from the Garden State

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LENA SMITH / NJ SPOTLIGHT – If you’re still waiting for firm evidence of climate-change chaos, it’s all around us. There is a serious humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico after back-to back hurricanes ravaged the island. Several western states suffered through record heat and massive wildfires, while hurricane damage in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast regions caused mass flooding and toxic pollution, creating billions of dollars in damage.

This is all likely to get worse, unless we act fast. But right here in New Jersey, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of superstorm Sandy, political leaders are making the wrong choices. In September, despite widespread public opposition, the Pinelands Commission approved a second fracked-gas pipeline through the state’s iconic forest. The New Jersey Natural Gas application did not meet the rules for development in the Pinelands, but in the end, that didn’t seem to matter to the commissioners …

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