Opinion: Turning a mandate on clean energy into action

Wind energy

ALANNA JAMIESON / HUDSON REPORTER – The new governor of New Jersey has a mandate to speed up our state’s shift to clean, renewable, homegrown energy like wind and solar. New Jerseyans have spoken. Nearly 90 percent of our registered voters feel renewable energy is important to New Jersey’s overall health. That was one of many encouraging findings from a recent Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMin poll, which also found that nearly 75 percent are willing to pay $5 to $10 more per month on their utility bills for energy generated from solar and wind. About four of five (78 percent) New Jerseyans support 80 percent of the state’s energy coming from renewable sources by 2050. 77 percent believe our state should invest more in developing clean energy sources rather than fossil fuels and pipelines (22 percent), with three in five (64 percent) saying New Jersey is moving too slowly in this area. Three-fourths (73 percent) favor developing offshore wind energy off the New Jersey coast. 67 percent of voters believe that renewables are a better way to create jobs, and that the jobs associated with pipelines are not worth the risk to our environment and health …

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