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Poll: NJ Voters Believe State Moving Too Slowly On Renewable Energy

Tom Gilbert

75 percent of New Jersey voters surveyed by Fairleigh Dickinson University believe the state should invest more in developing clean energy sources rather than fossil fuels and pipelines.

Tom Gilbert is the campaign director for the advocacy group ReThinkEnergy New Jersey. He says voters are sending a message that they want a change, with 58 percent saying the state is moving too slowing to adopt renewable energy.

“Certainly the state is moving forward with a whole host of policies to grow solar and develop offshore winds. One of the big questions is how does that square with all of the proposals for new fossil fuel infrastructure and pipelines that would move the state in the wrong direction on energy?”

Gilbert says the majority of residents polled want New Jersey to achieve a goal of 100 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2050.

“Two thirds of voters were willing to pay between 10 to 15 dollars more per month for clean energy, renewable energy, that would reduce harmful emissions.”

53 percent say a candidate’s support for moving to renewable energy would make them more likely to vote for that candidate.