Letter to Gov. Murphy - Climate action

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November 26, 2019

The Honorable Philip Murphy
Governor of New Jersey
State House, PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625-0001

Dear Governor Murphy:

We are extremely concerned about global warming and the effect it is having on our state. We are asking you to take a more aggressive stance against fracked gas pipelines and other uses of fossil fuels.

The return of our state to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is something we heartily applaud and thank you for. We are also grateful for the appointment of environmentalists to the Pinelands Commission. In addition we are excited about Orsted’s Ocean Wind project off our shores. We thank you for your opposition to a power plant in the Meadowlands.

As much as we approve the above mentioned actions, we feel that the goal of 100% clean energy by 2050 as mentioned in the Energy Master Plan is not aggressive enough. We would like to see the end of the use of fossil fuels by 2030.

As members of the Religious Society of Friends, we are mindful that during hurricane Irene in 2011 and superstorm Sandy in 2012 there was much suffering, including loss of life, among our fellow citizens. These were supposed to be storms that would happen only every one hundred years yet they occurred fourteen months apart. More extreme weather and storms such as these is predicted.

You are the governor of one of the fastest warming states, if not the fastest, in the country. This gives you the opportunity to take leadership in eliminating the use of fossil fuels for the well-being of the state’s citizens and to alleviate future suffering. We are asking you to continue your leadership.

Trenton Meeting of Friends (Quaker)
Charles E Hardy, Clerk
Sandra Johnson, Peace and Social Concerns Committee