Updated: Dec 28, 2022
New Jersey’s green economy must not leave Black and brown communities behind as the state undergoes its clean energy transition.
By Ronald Tuff
Opinion - Published in the Star Ledger - November 1, 2022
We call on Gov. Phil Murphy to ensure New Jersey’s green economy doesn’t leave Black and brown communities behind as the state undergoes its clean energy transition.
New Jersey’s economic future is closely tied to how the state responds to climate change. Funding from the federal infrastructure bill and the Inflation Reduction Act will help accelerate the deployment of renewable energy like solar and offshore wind. Electric vehicles (EVs) and charging stations will become widespread.
Efficiency retrofitting will cut energy use and costs for businesses and homeowners. These projects are an overdue and necessary response to climate change, which, in many cases, afflicts communities of color more severely than predominantly white communities.