New Jersey doubles commitment to offshore wind energy production

David Madden
November 20, 2019 - 4:00 am
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SOUTH JERSEY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey is doubling down on efforts to create offshore wind farms thanks to an executive order from Gov. Phil Murphy. 

Murphy used an event at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City to announce a commitment to creating a network that, instead of providing 3,500 megawatts of power by 2030, will to go 7,500 megawatts by 2035.

"That’s more investment. That’s more jobs. That’s more clean energy," Murphy said. "Think about it for a second. When we meet this goal, our offshore winds will generate enough electricity to power more than 3.2 million New Jersey homes." 

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Former Vice President Al Gore joined in with his environmental message, calling climate change a "life or death battle" and praising the efforts Murphy’s made in addressing the problem.

"This is Pearl Harbor. This is Midway," Gore said. "This is the Battle of the Bulge. This is 9/11. We have to rise to this challenge."

Gore reminded the crowd that if President Trump is defeated for re-election next year, his successor could quickly re-commit America to the Paris Climate Accords Trump is pulling out of.