After today’s joint hearing of the Assembly and Senate Environment Committees to examine issues surrounding the State’s response to climate change, Assembly Democrats and committee members Yvonne Lopez (D-Middlesex), who serves as vice chair, John McKeon (D-Essex, Morris) and Lisa Swain (D-Bergen, Passiac) released the following joint statement:
“In a State with sprawling wetlands, vast forests and the Atlantic Ocean at its eastern border, the threat of climate change must be taken seriously. Ample research and science proves what we’ve already feared to be true; our wetlands are shrinking, our forests face greater risk of wildfire, and our coastal communities are threatened by severe storms and floods.
“New Jersey is not only aware of these threats, but is taking steps to ensure our State will be ahead of the climate curve. Each day, dedicated climate experts like those we heard from in today’s hearing are launching renewable energy programs, working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and investing in the protection of our coastline.
“As members of the Environment and Solid Waste Committee, we remain committed to confronting the challenges of climate change for the benefit of all New Jerseyans.”