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Jim Holzapfel

Posted on: July 25, 2023

District 10 Lawmakers: Governor Murphy’s Extreme Energy Priorities Will Cost Taxpayers Dearly

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano warned that Governor Murphy's extreme energy policies that would ban affordable natural gas will drive up energy costs for utility payers and make the state more unaffordable for low- and middle-income families.

"Governor Murphy's extreme energy plan is a complete upheaval of our energy portfolio in favor of expensive offshore wind that will raise costs for utility payers in the Garden State. Sadly, Governor Murphy has shown no interest in working across the aisle to diversify our energy portfolio in a way that benefits not only the environment, but taxpayers too," said Sen. Holzapfel. "In fact, Governor Murphy and Trenton Democrats wasted $1 billion to bail out Orsted for the sake of keeping their misplaced energy priorities alive instead of giving that money back to utility customers. The Garden State needs safe, reliable, and affordable energy options that reduce costs rather than raise them."

At the expense of New Jersey taxpayers, Governor Murphy approved a $1 billion bailout for Orsted, a Danish energy company that is owned by the Danish government, for the purpose of developing costly wind turbines off the coast of the Garden State. Rhode Island had similar complications with Orsted over development costs, but opted to walk away from the deal as the proposed project was not in the best interest of their taxpayers.

"While Governor Murphy sits atop his ivory tower picking winners and losers to advance his extreme energy master plan he is ignoring the reality of low- and middle-income families. Taxpayers simply cannot afford the estimated $1.4 trillion price tag associated with electrifying their homes and businesses by replacing their natural gas stoves, furnaces, and hot water heaters," said Asm. McGuckin. "The reality of Governor Murphy's proposed ban on natural gas is that it would lead to higher costs and fewer options at the expense of homeowners and businesses. Governor Murphy shouldn't dictate how New Jerseyans heat their homes or cook their food."

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will consider a proposal on Wednesday that could lead to affordable natural gas being phased out in New Jersey. The building decarbonization plan could force millions of homeowners to fully electrify their homes and replace their natural gas appliances and mechanical systems.

Governor Murphy also announced the filing of a rule that would force car manufacturers to only sell electric vehicles (EVs) in the state by 2035. Although EVs will be the only cars allowed to be sold by manufacturers, Governor Murphy said that consumers are not "obligated" to purchase EVs.

"The hypocrisy of the Murphy administration has shown no limits as he tries to force electric vehicles down the throats of consumers after using taxpayer dollars to purchase an expensive fleet of gas-powered SUVs earlier in the year. Why didn't he lead by example and purchase a fleet of EVs if the environment is truly his number one concern?" Asm. Catalano asked. "Governor Murphy has shown that the rules simply do not apply to him, his administration, or other top Democrat officials in New Jersey. It's beyond ridiculous to tell consumers they are under no 'obligation' to buy EVs after he's taken away every other choice."

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