Hudson County Needs Climate Legislation

Dear Editor:

After reading the article “Hudson County’s evolving transportation options,” I was impressed by the massive transit changes that have transformed Northern New Jersey over the last two decades.

Having lived in Hoboken, I have seen residents fully utilizing the bikes, ferries, buses and rail services in the Hudson County area, which makes getting around in some cases much faster and more efficient than an automobile. While these innovations have improved the speed in which commuters get to and from the city and surrounding areas, it’s also had an enormous effect on the environment.

As stated in the article, “Commuters in Jersey City have demanded that current buses be replaced with electric buses to reduce carbon emissions. Hudson County has some of the worst air quality in the state. More than a quarter of carbon emissions come from the transportation sector.” This is an ongoing pressing issue that not only harms the ecosystem of the area but also the health of an entire population of residents.

Luckily, there is a carbon emissions bill in Congress that is gaining co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle, including Jersey City Congressman Albio Sires and Newark Congressman Donald Payne Jr.

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is a bipartisan bill that would place a predictable, steadily-rising price on carbon and other greenhouse gases. In just 12 years such a system would reduce carbon emissions by at least 40 percent, improve the overall air quality of millions of people and save lives. Now more than ever we need support for this bill to be implemented not only in Hudson County, but on a national level.

For more information or to endorse this bill on behalf of an organization, visit www.energyinnovationact.org. To take further action to support this legislation, or to keep in touch on new developments, please join Citizens’ Climate Lobby at https://citizensclimatelobby.org.

Madison Schaefer