On November 9, during a town hall meeting, Governor Christie said that he is skeptical that human activity contributes to climate change.
In response, New Jersey environmental groups are hosting a panel discussion with Rutgers climate experts in Trenton at noon today, 12/7, to present the “overwhelming scientific findings linking human activity and climate change.” A press release from Environment New Jersey states that the panel also intends to “present a clear picture of the reality of the problem and how climate change will impact New Jersey in the coming decades.”
The Governor has been invited to the public event, and has also been offered a private briefing at his scheduling convenience by the scientists. According to Dena Mottola Jaborska, Executive Director of Environment NJ, however, they’re not expecting him to personally attend either.
“We understand that this might be an embarrassing situation for the Governor,” Mottola Jaborska told Baristanet over the phone. “We didn’t think it was realistic that he would come to the public event, but hoped he would accept our invitation for a private meeting.”
“We’re most concerned that the Governor come to understand that New Jersey needs an action plan,” she said. “There’s no question that he’s fully taking the lead on some programs, like solar and wind energy, but it’s a mixed bag. On other policies he’s nowhere to be seen. We need all of it to solve global warming — you can’t just pick and choose.”
Governor Christie will be sending staff to the public event, called Climate Change 101, which will be held in the New Jersey State House Annex. Presenting information will be Rutgers professors Alan Robock, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Paul Falkowski, Institute of Marine & Coastal Sciences and Jim Miller, Dept. of Marine and Coastal Sciences
The panel is sponsored by Environment New Jersey, New Jersey Sierra Club, New Jersey, Conservation Foundation, NY/NJ Baykeeper, New Jersey Highlands Coalition, New Jersey Environmental Lobby, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions and New Jersey Audubon Society.
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