Smith aims to get state on faster track to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The state will have to ramp up efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions to achieve aggressive targets to reduce carbon pollution contributing to climate change, under a new bill being pushed by a prominent lawmaker.

By 2050, New Jersey hopes to reduce emissions contributing to climate change by 80 percent below 2006 levels, a goal the state is unlikely to meet, according to a year-old report by researchers at the Rutgers Climate Institute.

A coastal state, New Jersey is viewed as increasingly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and sea-level rise. It has adopted tough laws to try and curb global warming, some of which have fallen short of being achieved …

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