TRENTON, NJ (CBSNewYork / AP) — Gov. Chris Christie is going green, unveiling an energy master plan that would reduce the Garden State’s energy carbon footprint by 22.5 percent in ten years.

The plan relies on solar, natural gas, wind and nuclear power. “Where we have lower cost, energy but also, are leading the way on renewable energy,” said Christie.

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Christie said a nuclear plant should also be considered “an option.”

The state reached a deal with the owner of Oyster Creek to close the nuclear plant in 2019, 10 years earlier than its license allows.

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But environmentalists are criticizing the Republican’s plan. They say Christie is cow-towing to conservatives and big oil companies because he lowered a goal of reliance of energy from renewable sources to 22.5 percent by 2021 from 30 percent.

“He’s cutting back on everything,” said Jeff Tittel with the Sierra Club. “It’s a scam. Basically he’s promoting a green scam today.”

“This is a realistic and achievable number, not a pie-in-the-sky, not a fantasy number, but one we absolutely believe and have a plan we’ve laid out to be able to accomplish that,” said Christie.

Last month Christie pulled the state from a program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, calling the pact among Northeastern states a failure.

What do you think of the energy plan? Sound off below in our comments section…

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Comments (6)
  1. rob says:

    It appears that in the course of a couple of days an entire business model, companies that design and build solar energy systems for homes and commercial buildings in New Jersey is gone. Projects that were ready to go will not because of the uncertainty in the SREC market. A lot of people invested a lot of time and money to develop these projects.A lot of people invested in solar projects for their own small buildings and are counting on SREC income. Now what?

  2. Jason Gold, KGRA Energy says:

    I agree with Sierra Club’s position that Governor Christie’s deep cuts in clean energy goals will hurt the economy and environment. The off-coast wind turbines proposal, aggressive solar program and the potential for new alternative sources has New Jersey well positioned to surpass its original goal of 30 percent of energy generated by renewables by 2020.

    One untapped alternative source that can help surpass the goal at a fast and effective pace is waste heat recovery (Info: This technology captures heat currently being released into the atmosphere, converting it into useable CO₂-free electricity. Manufacturing operations consuming large amounts of electricity and maintaining consistent waste heat streams are especially well-suited for this technology. New Jersey has many refineries, power plants and chemical companies with stack exit temperatures and liquid streams hot enough for successful recovery installations. Waste heat recovery delivers a win-win clean energy solution. By tapping into existing but unused energy sources, companies reduce energy spending, carbon footprints and dependence on non-renewable sources of energy.

    I would encourage Governor Christie to protect New Jersey’s strong clean energy program and explore the benefits of waste heat recovery. The possibilities are virtually limitless.

  3. R. Woolley says:

    i have never been so uninspired by a dim wit such asmMr. chrisie. Such an unbelievable waste of fabric and helecopter fuel. regardless of his political affiliation, his lack of foresight coupled with his clearly out of control appetite(which can be attributed to his own self loathing) will be the demise of this hot air bag. Perhaps his dinner plate is shadowing the fact that renewable energy is creating jobs NOW, TODAY here in new jersey. His plan will set us back in every way. and is an insult to any forward thinking human being be they republican, democrat or tea bagger.

  4. mark says:

    The manatee in a suit once again showing his inspiring leadership skills by lowering the bar for what we should achieve. Wonderful. He is a republican party puppet, nothing more.

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  6. iggy says:

    charge higher fees and give tax break to the companies. this is a typical republican plan

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