need you to stand up for clean air in New Jersey and tell Governor Christie to
accept the $65 million in Volkswagen Settlement funds! After Volkswagen was found
guilty for tampering with emissions testing devises on their vehicles, the
company agreed to settle by spending more than $14.7 billion across the country
to help reduce emissions and improve air quality.New Jersey is eligible for $65
million. ince more than half of our air pollution comes from automobiles and
trucks exhaust, we are concerned that the Governor has not agreed to
accept the funds yet and the deadline is approaching. We need you to tell him
that New Jersey residents deserve our fair share of the settlement money.
As a result of our Governor’s
national political agenda, he has blocked electric vehicles, failed to address
climate change, and increased the level of harmful pollution in our
communities, putting our air and our health at risk.. Despite every other U.S.
state claiming their portion of the settlement money, we are concerned
that the Christie Administration may not accept the funding because it is tied
to reducing climate impacts from transportation, likely because he he
can’t divert the funding to fill holes in the budget, which he’s done with the
Passaic and Exxon Settlements. We must make sure that New Jersey does not
miss this opportunity to expand clean transportation and protect public health!
Volkswagen chose to poison
our families with dangerous pollution just to pad its pocketbook. It’s
estimated that the 11 million affected vehicles worldwide could be causing as
much air pollution as 20 coal plants every year. New Jersey desperately needs
this money to install charging stations throughout the state, deploy electric
buses, and electrify our ports.. Our Governor has until the end of this month
to take claim this funding for New Jersey. In states across the nation, there
are already public hearings to decide how the funds will be used. E-mail
our Governor now to demand that Governor Christie immediately claim the
settlement funds so that New Jersey can fully embrace a future of clean
transportation that we deserve and need!
“New Jersey is entitled to
$65 million in Volkswagen settlement funds and we urge you to claim this
money immediately so New Jersey can speed the transition to electric
transportation and clean our air that Volkswagen has illegally and deceitfully
polluted. To comply with the settlement agreement, you must designate a lead
agency and provide the required “beneficiary certification” by the end of
February. New Jersey desperately needs this funding to build electric vehicle
infrastructure, increase electric buses, and electrify our ports. We urge you
to accept this money and schedule public hearings on how New Jersey can
most effectively benefit from these funds.”
If you’d like to volunteer to build grassroots support, lobby legislators, and
write letters, please contact Gary Frederick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
more information regarding the VW settlement, see Guides and Factsheets for “VW
Settlement” at http://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey/guides-and-fact-sheets-for-download
Dear [Decision Maker],
New Jersey is entitled to $65 million of the $14.7 billion dollar Volkswagen settlement and we need you to claim this money immediately so New Jersey can receive the funding.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]