If you’re a regular reader of Blue Jersey and a Garden State taxpayer, you know that there are many ways you are already paying for Chris Christie’s presidential campaign.
You support his army of videographers and social media specialists who publish an endless barrage of posts showing Christie doing what he does best – selling his “trickle down” theories, denigrating teachers and other public servants, and engaging in general self-aggrandizement. You support the security details that accompany the governor while he is out-of-state campaigning. You support the battalion of attorneys who are defending him in the Bridgegate scandals.
Now, there’s another way you are supporting his presidential ambitions. And as an added bonus, your support will adversely affect your health and well-being and that of your neighbors.
Friday at 4:00 PM, at the beginning of the sleep phase of the news cycle, the Christie administration released a notice stating that New Jersey, along with 23 other states (all but two of which have Republican governors), is suing the Obama administration to challenge the EPA Clean Power Plan. Even though the Roberts Court determined that the Federal government has the authority to reduce greenhouse gasses, the governor and his cabal of climate change deniers are placing their loyalty to their fossil fuel donors ahead of the health of the citizens they are supposed to represent. And guess who’s paying for the attorneys and bureaucrats initiating this lawsuit. Just look in a mirror.
As Doug O’Malley of Environment New Jersey puts it:
On the 3rd anniversary of Sandy, Gov. Christie continues to think climate action is esoteric. The Governor can play political science during the presidential debates, but climate science can’t be denied. You can’t sue global warming. EPA’s Clean Power Plan gives a multitude of strategies to states to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector. Sticking our heads in the sand is not an answer and neither is suing EPA. This is a political stunt.
New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel adds:
“The DEP is trying to justify the unjustifiable. Their press release on why Christie is suing to block the Clean Power Plan is just more spin filled with misinformation and distortion. The DEP claims that we have made reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in our state when in reality, it is the opposite. Last year greenhouse gasses went up 5% in New Jersey; this year they went up 14%. The DEP is full of hot air; they are deliberately leaving out information,”
The greenhouse gas emission reduction goals proposed by the EPA are less stringent than those recommended by Stanford University Professor Mark Jacobson and adopted by Martin O’Malley.
Whether the EPA goals are sufficient or are just a good start, doing nothing, as Christie proposes, is not an option. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to make the state and the world a better place for them to live and breathe.