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McKeon Statement on Paris Climate Conference

‘Climate change is a global crisis that demands local action.’

Assemblyman John F. McKeon (D-Essex/Morris), vice-chair of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee, issued the following statement regarding the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) on Monday:

“As leaders gather in Paris to begin the United Nations conference on climate change, the world looks on, eagerly awaiting a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deter global warming. While they negotiate thousands of miles away on protecting the environment, New Jersey ought to focus on doing our part right here at home.

“For this state, the last few years have been an anomaly when it comes to environmental protection; however, New Jersey has had a history of leadership in this regard, and we intend to rebuild it. When the Assembly votes on a measure to move our state toward rejoining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative this Thursday, it will be in recognition of our role in the international effort to limit carbon pollution.

“Climate change is a global crisis that demands local action. Now is the time for New Jersey to reclaim its identity as a pioneer for the environment.”