Climate Change and Clean Energy

Climate change is impacting us. And it’s not good. Pollution from power plants and other sources is affecting our food, our air, and our water. It’s super-sizing things like hurricanes and droughts. If we don’t take action, it’s only going to get worse. 

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Growing a Green Energy Economy and Jobs For All

New Jersey Governor Murphy has set forth an ambitious 100% renewable energy by 2050 agenda including an offshore wind program that is on track to make New Jersey a nationwide leader in its development.

Recent Actions

Thank Governor Whitmer for standing up for our water!

Join us in thanking Governor Whitmer for taking strong and immediate steps to protect our Great Lakes and address climate change by re-organizing the Department of Environmental Quality into the Department of Environment,

Community Input on Plans for Shenango Site

Clean Water Action is partnering with the community group Allegheny County Clean Air Now (ACCAN) to urge the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to hold a public hearing on DTE’s remediation and reuse plans, so that the community has an opportunity to provide input on those plans. Support this effort by signing our petition today!

Don't let state legislators turn back progress on protecting the Great Lakes

On Monday Governor Whitmer took action to protect our Great Lakes, strengthen Michigan’s response to PFAS contamination, and bring Michigan into the US Climate Alliance.

Press Releases

February 13, 2019

Read a statement by Amy Goldsmith, NJ State Director of Clean Water Action at an Empower NJ press conference releasing a groundbreaking report calling for a fossil fuel moratorium in New Jersey.

February 13, 2019

A report released today documents the devastating climate impacts if 12 new frack gas projects in New Jersey move forward with one completed in 2018, in stark contrast to Governor Murphy’s stated commitment and legal requirements to combat global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

Climate Change and Clean Energy Blog Posts

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February 13, 2019

Today, Empower NJ released a new report​ documenting the devastating climate impacts of 13 fossil fuel projects in New Jersey.

January 18, 2019

Burning trash is not clean energy. When incinerators burn trash, they emit more greenhouse gasses per unit of energy generated than even coal, the dirtiest of fossil fuels. Unfortunately, Maryland currently subsidizes trash incinerators in our state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) - giving taxpayer money to the incinerators as if they are clean sources of energy like solar or wind.

January 2, 2019

The Sun was right to call for greater public transparency about rail traffic through the Howard Street Tunnel, as the public is poised to provide even larger subsidies to renovate it (“CSX back on track,” December 17, 2018). Our region’s railroads are critical to the health, safety, and economic development of Baltimore: a huge volume of commodities travel quickly and efficiently by rail, but bottlenecks like the Howard Street Tunnel restrict that flow.