Federal Climate Change Legislation Needed to Prevent Hudson County Flooding

Dear Editor:

I was distressed to read in the recent article “Report: Hudson County is the champ in projected climate change damages” that according to an independent research group, “Hudson County will see more annual damages related to hurricane flooding than any other county in the state, thanks to climate change.” I love living in Hoboken, but I worry that without serious action on climate change, this won’t be a viable place for future generations to live.

I applaud the many efforts by our local governments in Hudson County to take action on climate change, and I’m excited to be living in a community where the local politicians see climate change as a top issue. Realistically, however, these local actions will need to be supplemented with decisive action at the federal level. Only a federal climate change policy will lead to the sorts of dramatic nationwide reductions in carbon emissions that are required to prevent the catastrophic future flooding damages predicted for Hudson County.

Luckily, an impactful bipartisan climate bill, The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, was recently introduced into Congress. This bill would reduce carbon emissions by at least 40 percent in the first 12 years and ultimately lead to a 90 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. I’m proud that my representative in Congress, Rep. Albio Sires, has signed on as a cosponsor of this bill, and has been joined by additional NJ Reps. Malinowski and Watson Coleman. I’m glad that some in our state recognize the urgency of this issue and the impacts it will have on our local communities, and I hope to see other representatives from across the state signing on soon.

Ruth Rosenthal