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Pallone & Environmental Advocates Call for Action to Combat Climate Change

December 18, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) and New Jersey environmental leaders met today at the Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University to discuss the urgent need to address climate change. Last month, the Fourth National Climate Assessment was released and provided further evidence of the devastating impact that climate change will have on our environment and the global economy.

“As the most recent assessment confirms and the overwhelming majority of the scientific community agrees, climate change is real, is caused by human activity like burning fossil fuels, and is already harming communities across America,” said Pallone. “No region of the U.S. has been and will be spared from the effects of a warming climate, and Americans are already suffering the costs.

“Rather than hiding the facts, President Trump should heed the message of our nation’s preeminent climate scientists and experts: Climate change is a clear and present danger to the health and wealth of the American people. I want to thank the environmentalists here today who are committed to taking action and I will be bringing their ideas to Washington as the new Congress begins.”

Representatives from the Urban Coast Institute, Stockton University’s Coastal Research Center, Clean Ocean Action, New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, NY/NJ Baykeepers, Environment New Jersey, the Littoral Society, the Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club, and the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association were present at the event. 

According to the assessment, the Northeastern region of the United States can expect rising temperatures, changing precipitation patters, milder winters, earlier springs, and other changing environments that will impact human health, hydrology, and the economy. Specifically, the assessment highlights that by 2100, sea level rise will likely increase property losses in New Jersey by $30 million, the continuous burning of fossil fuels coupled with reoccurring wildfires will continue to threaten air quality, and by 2050 nearly half of the commercial fish species will be highly vulnerable. The Trump administration has denounced the findings of the report, while continuing to pursue policies that make it more difficult to combat climate change.

Congressman Pallone is slated to become Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee in the new Congress. The committee has jurisdiction over energy and the environment.