Jersey City elected leaders made the case for investing in electric cars at a press conference Tuesday, and are asking New Jersey legislators to pass Senate Bill 2252 and Assembly Bill 4819 to reduce pollution caused by motor vehicles.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said that the city is operating four electrified garbage trucks.
“The conversation today is about electrifying vehicles,” Fulop stated.
According to the New Jersey Sierra Club, New Jersey’s biggest source of air pollution stems from motor vehicles.
Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel recalled being in middle school in 1970 during the first earth day, “In a city like Jersey City, more than half the pollution comes from cars and trucks,” Tittel said. “An electric vehicle is cheaper in the long run.”
“Important legislation is being gridlocked in the Legislature,” Tittel continued. “We need to jump-start electric by implementing a successful electric vehicle system in New Jersey. It will mean less money sent out of state for petroleum, more in-state jobs, less carbon pollution, and cleaner, healthier air.”
Specifically, lobbying efforts are targeting Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-19th District, and the bills’ sponsors.
“We want to see action in the next eight weeks,” Environment New Jersey director Doug O’Malley said.
Amy Goldsmith, New Jersey director for Clean Water Action, said “we need to stop making people gasp for air and end up in our emergency rooms.” New Jersey residents are contracting pulmonary problems stemming from the exhaust of motor vehicles and these diseases kill them Goldsmith said.