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Garden State Approaches Greenhouse Gas Goals Faster Than Expected

But lack of progress in reducing transportation-related pollution may make bigger reductions more difficult to achieve

Summers have been cooler and winters have been warmer. Huge deposits found in nearby states have lowered the cost of natural gas, which is being used more than coal for power generation. And increased energy efficiency – and more solar-generated power – have resulted in reduced consumption of electricity and gas.

That’s why – as the governor asserts and a new Rutgers study seems to confirm – New Jersey is ahead of pace in achieving its goal of cutting greenhouse gas emission by 20 percent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels.

But in an interview with NJTV, energy and environment writer Tom Johnson of NJ Spotlight says it will be much harder for the state to reach its next goal of reducing those emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

“New Jersey hasn’t done much at all to curb pollution from the transportation sector that is contributing to global climate change,” Johnson explains. Read the full story by Michael Hill of NJTV News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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