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Phil Murphy is taken to court by environmentalists for his views on climate change

Phil Murphy is taken to court by environmentalists for his views on climate change

Environmentalists take Phil Murphy to court on climate change

A coalition representing environmental groups is taking Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration is being sued for failing to make real progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions despite many years of promise. 

EmpowerNJ filed a petition Thursday with an appellate court to force the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt rules that set a 50% targeted reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 from 2005 levels.

The 120 environmental and community groups have argued that DEP must deny permits for new fossil fuel projects that fail to meet certain benchmarks. This would include Newark’s proposed gas-fired energy plant. Murphy was forced to deny Murphy permission last week after advocates pressured him to. postpone a vote.

Alyana Alfaro spokeswoman for Murphy and said that no one would comment on the pending litigation. 



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