ORADELL, NJ (Bergen County) — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) Friday visited the electric vehicle charger station at the Oradell Public Library to fight for critical provisions to combat climate change in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and the reconciliation package — including boosting electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Northern New Jersey and nationwide, as well as provisions to protect our air and water.
“We are in the middle of a major climate crisis. It’s not something we can just ignore and hope will get better,” Gottheimer said. “When you talk about fighting climate change, at first it seems like an insurmountable task. But then you dig into it, and you realize we can take immediate steps now that will have both an immediate and long term impact on our lives – on our health, on our economy, on our planet. The cost of inaction on climate change is incalculable.”
“Electric vehicles are one small part of solving the climate puzzle – but an important one that we need in our climate action,” Gottheimer said.
While North Jersey has some electric vehicle charging stations in different communities, there are far too few. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will help expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure in towns and on highways across the nation, to make it easier for more families to transition to EVs.
“I look forward to congressman Gottheimer working to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill which will give more money to municipalities to install these,” Oradell Mayor Dianne Didio said. “I was personally looking to purchase an electric vehicle but because of the lack of charging stations along long distance routes it was not feasible for me, so I look forward to the day when we have the money from the infrastructure bill to install these so that people like me can help the environment, and keep our air safer and purer for everybody.”
Gottheimer has also helped pass critical climate legislation out of the House, including:
- H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act — to prohibit any funds from being used to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and to require the President to update a plan each year for the U.S. to meet its nationally-determined contribution under the Paris Climate Agreement, to tackle climate change nationally and globally.
- The Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act — to ban drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
- The PFAS Action Act — to get rid of forever chemicals in our water supply, remediate PFAS in the environment, and limit PFAS use going forward.
- The Great American Outdoors Act — landmark conservation legislation to make historic investments to protect and improve our open public lands, national parks, and the incredible natural resources that our great nation has to offer.