I wasn't able to see the movie at this event, but arrived in time for the panel discussion. In discussing the lack of progress on switching to renewable energy, James Florio emphasized that the real impediment has been getting the financing in place.
This is where government and a unified, long term commitment to shifting away from climate-changing fuels can really help, but that hasn't been happening in recent years in NJ, where even the funds previously set aside for renewable energy have been raided for other purposes.
Clean Energy Leaders and Climate Advocates Join for Hurricane Sandy ReliefCall on Governor Christie to Move Offshore Wind ForwardPrinceton, NJ – On Wednesday, December 12th, New Jersey residents, scientists and clean energy leaders will join the Sierra Club for a climate forum with former Governor James Florio to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief. New Jersey residents will call on Governor Christie to help avoid more extreme storms like Sandy by reducing dangerous carbon pollution from fossil fuels and instead advancing offshore wind in the state.
Superstorm Sandy is a tragic example of the more extreme weather events and hazards of sea level rise caused by climate change. Switching to renewable energy reduces the carbon pollution that causes climate disruption and puts our weather on steroids. New Jersey is in a unique position to lead the nation on climate action by developing its offshore wind resources. Governor Christie signed the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act into law nearly two years ago, but since then offshore wind has been at a standstill in New Jersey making our families even more vulnerable to rising seas and extreme weather.
What: Cape Spin Film Screening and Climate Change ForumWho: New Jersey residents, academics and clean energy leaders· Governor James Florio
· Research Meteorologist, Tom Knutson
· Offshore MW CEO, Peter Giller
· Former Sierra Club President, Robin Mann
· Cape Spin Filmmaker, Robbie Gemmel
When: Wednesday, December 12thFilm Screening – 6:30pmClimate Forum – 8pmWhere: Princeton University, McCosh Hall Room 46 (directions)