Environment New Jersey kicks off public education effort for 100 percent clean, renewable energy

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Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Trenton – Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center will deploy hundreds of canvassers this summer in a multi-million-dollar effort to educate New Jerseyans about the possibility of 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

Part of a nationwide campaign to reach more than 1.3 million Americans, canvassers from the state’s main office in New Brunswick will distribute literature to more than 75,000, showing that the country has both the tools and the imperative to transition entirely off dirty fuels to clean sources such as wind and solar.

“To have healthier and more economically vibrant communities right now, and a livable future for our kids, we need to transform the way we produce and consume energy,” said Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey.  “The good news we’re spreading is that 100 percent renewable is 100 percent possible.”

The efforts comes as May was just recorded as the hottest month on record globally, continuing a 36 month streak of record-breaking global temperatures.

In Paris in December 2015, the nations of the world made a historic commitment to protect the climate, pledging efforts “to limit [global] temperature increase to 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels.” Scientists believe fulfilling that goal will require switching entirely to clean sources by mid-century. At the same time dozens of major corporations ranging from Google, to Coca Cola to Walmart have made commitments to 100% renewable energy.

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the United States has the technical potential to meet its current electricity needs more than 100 times over with solar energy and more than 10 times over with wind energy.

A recent Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center review of seven detailed studies on clean energy systems conducted to date — by academics, government agencies and nonprofit organizations – suggests there are no insurmountable technological or economic barriers to tapping the country’s vast potential to achieve 100 percent renewable energy.

Economists predict that we can build a 100 percent renewable energy system at costs comparable to or less than what we would have to spend to continue our reliance on dirty energy.

Americans support clean energy sources such as wind, and solar by wide margins and across partisan divides. At the same time, renewable energy development has far outpaced that of conventional dirty fuels for more than a year and a half.

“Renewable energy has strong public support across New Jersey and the country, and it’s nearing a tipping point in our economy,” said Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey. “And every day, the imperative of addressing our environmental challenges becomes clearer.”