Updated March 5, 2018
- New Jersey is home to three nuclear power plants, which currently account for over half of the state's electricity consumption and provides 92 percent of its zero-carbon electricity.
Following the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, Governor Phil Murphy has remained committed to taking aggressive action on climate change. Saving nuclear power is the single largest thing the governor could do to help prevent emissions.
In October, the state will lose Oyster Creek nuclear plant a full decade before its license is due to expire. The clean power provided by Oyster Creek will be replaced almost entirely by natural gas, adding the yearly carbon emissions equivalent of over 400,000 cars to the road.
If New Jersey loses Hope Creek and Salem nuclear power plants as well, its reliance on natural gas would increase from 49 to over 90 percent.
New Jersey’s emissions would increase the equivalent of adding nearly 2.8 million cars to the road if its nuclear plants are closed.
In 2017, New Jersey's nuclear plants provided twelve times more electricity than the state's solar and wind combined.
- Climate scientists including James Hansen, along with other concerned scientists, conservationists, and environmentalists have urged Governor Murphy and other state leaders to protect New Jersey's remaining nuclear plants.