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Rep. Bill Pascrell. Jr. (Photo: Edwin J. Torres/Governor’s Office).

Nine New Jersey Democrats promote clean energy for infrastructure bill

By Joey Fox, August 10 2021 4:37 pm

Nine of New Jersey’s ten U.S. Representatives signed onto a letter urging the inclusion of clean energy provisions into the upcoming House infrastructure bill. The letter was signed by over 180 members of the House.

“As we advance legislation to rebuild and renew America’s infrastructure, we encourage you to continue your commitment to combating the climate crisis by including critical clean energy, energy efficiency, and clean transportation tax incentives in the upcoming infrastructure package,” reads the letter, which is addressed to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

The lone holdout from New Jersey was Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch), the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

In a statement on the letter, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) referenced the recent report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which starkly warned of the dangers of unfettered climate change. 

“[The report has] shaken me to my core,” Pascrell said. “I’ll continue to push for bold climate provisions in every single piece of legislation I work on because future generations are counting on us. No more delays.”

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