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Pallotta wants Gottheimer to oppose state bill incentivizing solar plants

Bill would encourage building plants on farmland, forests

By Nikita Biryukov, September 03 2020 3:53 pm

Republican House candidate Frank Pallotta wants Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) to condemn a bill that would create incentives for solar power plants built on farmland and in forests.

“Josh Gottheimer’s fellow New Jersey Democrats have introduced a new ‘progressive’ energy plan that will result in the permanent destruction of thousands of acres of farmland and forests,” Pallotta said. “Taking his cue from Phil and Tammy Murphy, State Senator Bob Smith (D-Piscataway), the boss of the powerful Senate Environmental Committee, has introduced a new plan to install solar panels on farm and forest land across New Jersey.”

The plan, which Smith told the Philadelphia Inquirer is not set in stone, is viewed warily by some farmers who fear the move new plants could strip them of some leased farmland.

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