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-- was like a flashback here this is as superstore and sandy and a subsequent snowstorm left only a quarter of New York City gas stations open.
So how would prevent this from happening again new Jersey state senator Barbara one -- has a plan and she joins us now.
With all of the com.
So you looking at what they do in Florida because obviously they have hurricanes all the time in their gas stations down there that have backup generators that part of your plan.
Well that's part of that -- -- -- you know has been experience a lot of them.
Pretty serious weather and experts tell us and it's just gonna get worse and we have to expect that it's gonna occur and the with the stars are probably any get worse.
So we have to plan better for it.
And the way we do that is in New Jersey you know we -- these gas lines we had a gas -- Reagan it was really do.
To power outages primarily not a supply problem.
In New Jersey and so there's gas in the ground and it's not being -- So really caused a lot of panic -- wasn't just a matter of not being able to go to the grocery store get your job that it was a matter.
You know people having generators not being able to fill them up to keep -- -- -- legislation.
So the solution is -- least part of the solution is to offer an incentive program not require but offering incentive program to small gas stations.
Two on -- able to purchase these back up generators to have a -- gas stations like cast really has done with all of its gas stations and and -- able to get it what on my bill does is it requires the state of New Jersey to bulk purchase cease generators.
That brings down the price and then -- -- same time.
The gas stations would be able to purchase them.
Through our economic development authority at a low interest loan when the last time before there's a gas stations lost power -- Well all I can tell you is what the experts are telling us and that is that we can expect more of this you know they say that global Waring didn't cause standing but it will get worse and one thing we know for sure and that is that seal levels have been rising of the last century and they're gonna be rising more.
Yet no -- I mean I hear you I just don't know how how often navy has -- gas stations in the northeast lose power mean obviously it's been a huge problem this time around but.
I mean I don't know when the last time that's happened since -- doing -- -- we're spending so much money back and generous also another huge problem.
You know power the terminals was a big problem it wasn't that gas stations I mean that was like at least half the -- you speak to a bigger issue and it's -- And really the larger issue is what we do.
-- going into the it isn't giving New Jersey time to have a heart to heart we have to figure out what we do with aren't how we rebuild their entire infrastructure.
And that includes you might not just gas stations but -- we have enough backup power for cell towers.
Do we have enough backup power for our terminals that supply the gas to what and what about our drinking water.
We really have to rethink in New Jersey as we rebuild how we -- -- better how we protect our shoreline -- And what works how does the average generator for gas station.
I can range is it really depends it's a wide variety from 5000 to 40000 -- to -- on a number -- things it's dependent on.
You know whether or not unit the capacity obviously that what kind of -- uses but time.
I -- the gas stations are also going to be losing revenue once they're closed as well absolutely the notes -- into thank you so much for -- -- -- -- -- we appreciate it thank you a case that --