New Jersey's environment chief explains what it's like being on the front lines of Republicans' newest culture war.
Thanks for this excellent interview! I’m so glad to be a subscriber. Also grateful for the many experienced, capable environment-protecting bureaucrats at work every day in states throughout the country. Standing up to posturing, ill-informed politicians takes a toll, I’m sure. I hope this interview is seen far and wide.
It’s hard not to take two things from this EXCELLENT interview: (1) people in the NJ legislature (many state legislatures, mine [NC] included) are lazy, perhaps even stunted, thinkers, unable to see beyond an election cycle; (2) the greed of industry boosters knows no bounds.
Sorry! With the MVP debacle in the debt ceiling negotiations, I’m feeling quite deflated. I fervently hope that laTourette can hold their own against the hot air blowing in their direction.
As a New Jersey resident, I extra appreciated this interview. It would be great if you could make the content more widely available to concerned climate activists in Ye Olde Garden State.
Emily, thank you for your excellent and deeply necessary coverage of these important issues. I will be sure to follow your work as we continue this fight for the safe, just, and equitable environment that every one of us deserves.
For any readers interested in following state-level climate (and related) policy developments, please feel free to follow me @shawnlatur on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram. And please, never stop advocating. We need you!
Once again I am reminded that the people in power just don't care, are ill informed, and bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry. We need a climate first government at the local, state and federal levels. We also need to get rid of Citizens United...it is killing the planet and us along with it. So vote with climate in mind...I really think the rest will follow after we get a solid climate policy as a country and planet. Great interview!!
Emily, it might be valuable to try to get in contact with Maya Higa, who runs the Alveus animal sanctuary and is also a prominent Twitch streamer, YouTuber, and podcaster. It sounds like she's working on a long-form video about the North Atlantic Right Whale in partnership with WDC (whales.org). My concern is that if the video doesn't include any context about how anti-offshore-wind parties are engaging in this bad-faith whale-conservation posturing, it could end up doing more harm than good.
I've got to hand it to the way the anti-renewables "movement" spreads its disinformation, then gets coverage. A local CO activist spread BS from anti-wind sites by putting flyers on windshields outside the local NRA meeting, inviting them to join her Facebook group. Ended up being quoted w/o rebuttal in a big CO paper.
Michael at Distilled did a good job showing how these disinformation sites are indirectly funded by FF money. Then the local groups take off, media covers, and politicians do their thing.
Climate activists need to learn what's what and spread that. On a recent drive with a few guys we passed a ten-year old 30-turbine wind farm in very empty AZ, sited near power lines. One guy said, why do they need the power lines, why not use the power locally? I noted each turbine could power 500 houses over a year (that's 1000 for a well-located onshore turbine now), and far more during peak wind and low demands. He thought it was less than 100 homes per turbine.
Really exceptional interview with great questions, and I'm glad to see the blatant insincerity from Republicans about environmental issues is recognized.
The Petro-chemical industry in Alaska has paid stooges that are claiming that coal, oil and gas are ordained by their god(s)! Wow! When one can simply dream up their facts, then they can say anything. Fact checkers are essential, but still, a lie gets around the world before the truth can get its shoes on. Oh, and climate change will have no effect on whales and other life in the seas, lying is so easy. ~ Thomas R. Wilson ~ Alaskan
Wind is expensive and hard to install without damage to the environment the best option is nuclear and it would be best if the funds were so directed