Assembly Environment Chair Cites Irene & Other Serious Weather Conditions in Need for Greater Response to Combat Global Warming
Assembly Environment Committee Chair John F. McKeon (D-Essex) on Tuesday praised the statewide storm response efforts while underscoring the bigger picture presented by Hurricane Irene.
“I want to commend the Governor and all state, county and local officials for their extraordinary response to Hurricane Irene. But, I think the Governor is missing the big picture when it comes to global warming.
“All across the country we’re continuously enduring more severe weather occurrences – droughts in the Southwest, repeated, historic river flooding, large tornadoes in the Midwest, and major melting at the polar ice caps.
“This is all the more proof why RGGI and the energy master plan, along with an aggressive renewable energy agenda, are needed to help New Jersey do its part to combat global warming.
“Although we’re extremely lucky to have weathered this storm, we cannot lose sight of the big picture. New Jersey needs to be a part of the overall solution to global warming or Irene will merely be a prelude of things to come,” said McKeon.