We need your help amplifying a crucial point in your local paper.
Recently, a local New Jersey article discussed Governor Murphy’s decision to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative—a cooperative effort among Northeastern states to take on the dangerous carbon pollution spurring climate change and endangering our health and safety. This is a crucial step towards making New Jersey a clean energy leader—but if the rest of the country doesn’t follow suit, we’ll still be facing a climate crisis.
We’ve prepared a Letter to the Editor to reply to this piece to make sure it gets the attention it deserves. But we need your help to get it published.
Letters to the Editor are crucially important. Even while in D.C., your members of Congress are paying close attention to their local papers—especially when they mention their names and set off their Google alerts.
Sign your name to EDF Action’s Letter to the Editor of NorthJersey.com and amplify the voice of your climate action allies in NJ-11!
Letter to the Editor: New Jersey will be a climate leader -- while bolstering our economy & protecting our communities.
Dear Editor of NorthJersey.com,
As Dustin Racioppi pointed out in his recent article, Governor Phil Murphy supports New Jersey rejoining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a move that will both protect the environment and bolster a robust clean energy industry across the state.The rest of the country must also take decisive action to combat rising global temperatures and hazardous pollution in our air. But this can only happen if our leaders -- including Rep. Frelinghuysen -- stand in support of climate action, rather than against it. For example, the Clean Power Plan -- our only nationwide limits on carbon pollution from power plants -- is currently under attack by the Trump Administration. We need Rep. Frelinghuysen to fight back against this repeal effort and protect the people of New Jersey by supporting this crucial safeguard for our environment, economy, and public health.The EPA has estimated that the Clean Power Plan would annually prevent up to 4,500 premature deaths, 1,700 heart attacks, and 90,000 childhood asthma attacks once it is fully implemented. In addition to protecting our health, the plan would empower lawmakers to work with power companies and implement innovative policies -- such as energy efficiency incentives -- that create jobs and reduce electricity bills for people like you and me. Not to mention, in 2016 alone, wind and solar comprised more than 60% of new utility-scale generating capacity -- clearly indicating that renewable energy will continue to bolster vibrant economies, while fossil fuels will continue to become an obsolete and inefficient power source of the past. If Rep. Frelinghuysen wants to keep New Jersey's economy competitive, communities healthy, and skies free of toxic pollution, he will show bipartisan leadership and fight against efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan -- and pave the way to a clean energy future that puts the people of New Jersey first.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]