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Group Links Severe Weather To Global Warming

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Long Branch. April 9, 2013

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Environmentalists and elected officials hold news conference in Long Branch (photo by Phil Gregory)

A new report by an environmental group finds that extreme weather events are becoming more frequent in New Jersey, and they’re being influenced by global warming.

Dan DeRosa with Environment New Jersey says carbon pollution from power plants, cars, and trucks is fueling global warming that likely will result in more extreme weather.

He says Governor Christie should reconsider his decision to pull the state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

 “Every year that New Jersey sits on the sidelines and is not part of this program we lose out on $150 million in clean energy financing, money that could go to solar and building efficiency.”

Congressman Frank Pallone says right-wing lawmakers in Washington are thwarting efforts to deal with climate change.

“We need this cap and trade legislation. We should be part of these proposed international treaties that would reduce carbon emissions. Also I think we need to do more renewables. Some of the tax credits that had been provided in the past to encourage solar power, wind power offshore, have been cutback or eliminated.”

Pallone says if action is not taken, storms could become more frequent and intense.

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