Opinion: New Jersey needs to charge ahead with electric vehicles

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NORAH LANGWEILER / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Electric vehicles and charging infrastructure are essential for reducing emissions from New Jersey’s transportation sector. As the most densely populated state in the country with a massive number of super commuters (people who commute more than 50 miles and 90 minutes to work), New Jersey needs to be at the forefront of electrification. The electric vehicle bill (S-2252/A-4819) moves New Jersey’s government toward action to address the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the state (nearly half by the state Department of Environmental Protection’s own numbers).

The business-as-usual voices of our day would have us believe that the market will provide solutions: whatever the need, the market will meet it. This philosophy assumes the market will operate independently and whatever the market decides is what is necessary …

Norah Langweiler is campaign organizer for Jersey Renews and New Jersey Work Environment Council.

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