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No Cheap or Painless Way to Fight Global Warming, Warns NJ Working Group

The biggest challenge to reducing the greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change in the state is to do so without imposing an unfair cost burden on residents and businesses, according to a new report submitted to the Legislature.

No Cheap or Painless Way to Fight Global Warming, Warns NJ Working Group

Transportation is one of the areas identified by a panel for New Jersey to focus on to lessen the pollution that contributes to climate change.
Transportation is one of the areas identified by a panel for New Jersey to focus on to lessen the pollution that contributes to climate change. Content That Works

The biggest challenge to reducing the greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change in the state is to do so without imposing an unfair cost burden on residents and businesses, according to a new report submitted to the Legislature.

The report is the work of a study group set up by lawmakers to identify ways to comply with an aggressive goal of cutting back pollution that leads to global warming, reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent from 2006 levels by 2050. It recommends that the state focus on three key areas to achieve those targets:

transportation; heating and building; and energy production.

It is not going to be easy or painless, witnesses said at a hearing of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee yesterday in the Statehouse Annex on a range of crucial energy issues facing the state.

“There are a lot of great ideas in this report,’’ said New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel Director Stefanie Brand, who also cautioned “where are our priorities where we want to spend ratepayers’ dollars.’’

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