N.J. clean energy bill faces union pushback

The legislation would make it the 15th state to enact a 100% clean energy or renewable energy law.
The New Jersey State House in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Environmentalists and unions are butting heads in New Jersey’s Democratic-controlled legislature over a bill that would require the state to move to 100% clean energy by 2035.

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee convened an information-gathering hearing Monday where environmentalists including the New Jersey Sierra Club supported the bill and Michael Maloney, president of the New Jersey State Association of Pipe Trades, said most of his 11,000 members oppose it.

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