Chris Christie and others have called on the U.S. to halt all new coal-fired power plants by the end of 2020.
Christie said Wednesday that it’s time to “wake up” and “stop burning fossil fuels.”
Christie, a Republican, said in a statement that the coal industry needs to “rethink its future” and take responsibility for what’s happening.
“We need to end our reliance on fossil fuels,” Christie said.
“It’s time for the coal companies to wake up and stop burning fossil fuel.”
Christie said that he would “work to find ways to prevent the continued development of coal-burning plants and the continued growth of the coal sector in New Jersey.”
But the governor has been a staunch opponent of new coal plants.
He has said that a shutdown is not the answer to the state’s problems.
He said in October that the industry should be able to transition to renewable energy.
The U.N. climate change envoy said Wednesday in Geneva that it is too early to say whether the country should shut down coal plants in light of the new climate change report.
The report, which was released Tuesday, found that carbon dioxide emissions are still rising at a rapid rate.
The United States is the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, according to the latest U.K. government data.
But it also found that emissions are slowly falling.