Opinion: New Jersey needs more electric transit to fight climate change

Electric car charger

BARBARA ROSEN and DEBRA COYLE McFADDEN / PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER – Climate change is the greatest threat to public health of the 21st century, with disproportionate harm borne by the most vulnerable and disadvantaged New Jerseyans among us. Fortunately, a 21st century clean technology solution is available.

Transition to an electrified transportation system will reduce the use of petroleum-fueled cars, trucks, and buses, which cause nearly half of New Jersey’s greenhouse gas emissions, the most significant driver of documented climate change since the middle of the last century. Not only will climate change unravel the last 50 years of advances we have made in public health policy, but the effects of climate change are a clear danger to the health of Americans now. As leaders in health, we know a 21st century electrified transportation system must be designed equitably, to address the impact of climate change where it is most excruciatingly experienced …

Barbara Rosen is vice president of Health Professionals and Allied Employees. Debra Coyle McFadden is executive director of the New Jersey Work Environment Council. Both organizations are members of the Jersey Renews coalition.

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