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  • Climate Contrasts: Same Day as EPA Clean Power Plan Finalized, Gov. Christie Formally Repealed NJ RGGI Climate Rule | Environment New Jersey
    Asm John McKeon vice chairman of the Assembly Environment Committee The New Jersey Legislature is committed to rejoining this landmark climate program and we will push to override this wrong headed regulatory decision via the Legislature by a majority vote as soon as possible RGGI has cut pollution by more than a third in the nine participating Northeast states while giving them a 1 3 billion economic boost from 2012 to 2014 according to recent reports by the Analysis Group and Acadia Center We have seen first hand the detrimental impacts of Governor Christie s decision to leave RGGI a program that would help reduce carbon pollution support economic development and help the state comply with the Clean Power Plan said Congressman Frank Pallone Jr NJ 6 Since Governor Christie s initial decision to withdraw New Jersey from RGGI the state has forgone over 100 million in revenue supported by RGGI Now with the withdrawal finalization he is trying to put the nail in the coffin Luckily the President s Clean Power Plan is the single most significant step the U S has taken to reduce carbon pollution and take action on climate change and it will directly address what Governor Christie is unwilling to face the negative impacts of carbon pollution from power plants on public health in New Jersey Despite its benefits Gov Christie withdrew New Jersey from RGGI in 2011 and hasn t enforced state rules capping the state s power plant emissions since Following the successful outcome of a lawsuit from Environment New Jersey and the Natural Resources Defense Council decided in March 2014 the Christie Administration was ordered to solicit public input on repealing the NJDEP rule that governs the pollution limits last summer By eliminating New Jersey s participation in RGGI Governor Christie is squandering critical investments in clean energy while selfishly standing in the way of job creation purely for political gain All of this comes on the heels of the announcement of President Obama s Clean Power Plan which marks a significant step forward in the fight against the threat of climate change Taking action now is crucial to ensuring our children and grandchildren will inherent a planet that is cleaner healthier and safer to live But the Governor chooses instead to abandon our responsibly to future generations said Rep Bill Pascrell D 9 That process showed overwhelming support for capping carbon pollution and remaining part of RGGI with the vast majority of the more than 5 000 of oral and written comments supporting the regional cap on power plant pollution This is in addition to the more than 60 000 public comments urging Gov Christie and the New Jersey Legislature to rejoin the RGGI program What the Governor did was shameful and hurts New Jersey financially and hurts our environment RGGI worked and the money collected from RGGI went out to help environmental programs expand renewable energy and help middle class families save money on their electric bills RGGI created more

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/climate-contrasts-same-day-epa-clean-power-plan-finalized-gov-christie-formally-repealed-nj (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment New Jersey
    and allies we successfully beat back a plan from the Obama Administration to drill off the Atlantic Coast for oil and gas this March The drilling plan would have allowed drilling 90 miles from Cape May endangered the Jersey Shore and tarnished the President s climate legacy Read more PREV NEXT News Release Environment New Jersey Obama Administration Drilling Announcement Puts East Coast Jersey Shore in Big Oil s Crosshairs As the fifth anniversary of the the BP oil spill disaster approaches Environment New Jersey criticized the Obama Administration for calling for the lifting of a off shore drilling moratorium for the Atlantic Coast The announcement which echoes a proposal first attempted in 2010 will put the Atlantic Coast including the Jersey Shore at risk of massive environmental damage from a potential oil spill and risk New Jersey s Shore tourism economy Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center New Wind Report Builds Case for Moving Forward with Off Shore Wind in NJ Legislative Leaders Call Out BPU for Fishermen s Energy Denial Delay The carbon pollution from at least nine entire fossil fuel plants could be eliminated in New Jersey if wind power supplied 30 percent of the nation s electricity needs according to a new analysis by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center The analysis comes as Fishermen s Energy appeals the Board of Public Utilities decision to reject an off shore wind project off Atlantic City through the New Jersey Superior Court and more than 4 years after Gov Christie signed off shore wind legislation into law Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center More Wind Less Warming American wind power already produced enough energy in 2013 to power 15 million homes Continued rapid development of wind energy would allow the renewable

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/home?page=11 (2016-05-01)
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  • As Legislation To Increase Solar Net Metering Cap Gets Reduced, Report Shows Solar Energy Benefits Vastly Outweigh Costs | Environment New Jersey
    after initial legislation called for a 7 5 cap for electric peak demand The legislation S2420 A3838 would revamp the rules governing net metering which currently has a net metering cap of 2 5 which would allow utilities to cease offering net metering when the generating capacity by net metered customers equals 2 5 of the state s peak electric demand Net metering is one of the most cost effective ways to help build more solar installations in New Jersey We need net metering to move solar forward however by reducing the amount of net metering this bill is actually an impediment to solar Under these amendments it will not advance net metering and therefore not advance solar in New Jersey We need to amend this bill to make it stronger and the threshold to be at least 4 percent Vermont just passed legislation allowing net metering up to 15 said Jeff Tittel Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club This bill is important because it gives incentives for people to put solar on their homes and businesses We must strengthen the bill because it allows for not only increased payment for people who want to install solar but it will also help them get the financing We need to expand solar projects in New Jersey including the renewable portfolio standard if we want to keep solar moving forward in New Jersey New Jersey used to have 10 000 jobs in solar and now we have 5 500 We used to be 2nd in the nation for solar installations in the country and now we are 7th We need to amend this legislation to move solar forward and help create clean energy as well as more jobs Net metering programs credit solar panel owners at a fixed rate often the

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/legislation-increase-solar-net-metering-cap-gets-reduced-report-shows-solar-energy-benefits (2016-05-01)
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  • NJ For Transit Calls for Governor Christie, Senate President, Speaker To Fully Fund NJ Transit in FY2016 Budget | Environment New Jersey
    State Transportation Campaign Governor Christie has failed to acknowledge the breadth of the transportation funding crisis in New Jersey and has placed the burden of transit funding on the backs of transit riders Transit riders are still rebounding from the historic 25 fare hike in 2010 To impose another fare hike the fifth since 2000 is simply unconscionable NJ Transit s fare hikes and service cuts a direct result of the overall broken structure for funding transportation in NJ The Transportation Trust Fund New Jersey s source of funding for transportation capital projects is bankrupt and the direct state subsidy for NJTransit s operating needs has been steadily decreasing since 2005 The clock is ticking for NJ Transit riders in Trenton The only way to stop a fare hike and service cuts will be through the Legislature not the Governor s office said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey Senate President Sweeney and Speaker Prieto need to ride to NJ Transit s budget rescue without continuing to raid dedicated clean energy funds like the Christie Administration The current proposed state contribution in FY16 for NJ Transit is a mere 33 million whereas in 2009 it was 348 million To fill that gap the Christie Administration proposes to raid the Clean Energy Fund of 62 million and redirect 295 million from the Turnpike Authority that was supposed to be dedicated to the cancelled ARC tunnel The fare hike and service cuts are merely to keep the lights on at NJ Transit and do not address the state s pressing need to expand service as transit ridership is growing and continues to set records post 2008 As such NJ For Transit has come together to fight the agency s plan calling for the state to adequately invest in public transit and bring attention to the benefits that affordable and efficient trains and buses could bring to New Jersey s economy its environment and its everyday working people With the deplorable condition of NJ s roads due to lack of state TTF funding and little political will to make roads safer for bicycling and walking raising transit fares and cutting service is backwards 1950s era public policy and the beginning of a downward spiral said Cyndi Steiner Executive Director of New Jersey Bike Walk Coalition More and more people are choosing to live and work in areas that provide adequate mass transit options The nation s most densely populated state should be embracing a mass transit centered transportation policy that encourages other transportation options to access transit New Jersey Transit is headed in the wrong direction said Jeff Tittel Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club Instead of expanding service and increasing ridership they are raising fares and cutting services This will put more people back in cars adding more traffic and more air pollution We need to fight for more funding for transit not only to expand ridership but to maintain transit systems Raising fares and cutting services hurts commuters

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/nj-transit-calls-governor-christie-senate-president-speaker-fully-fund-nj-transit-fy2016 (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment New Jersey
    Jersey Updates We Pressured the Obama Administration To Drop Atlantic Coast Drilling Plan Working together with activists elected leaders small businesses and allies we successfully beat back a plan from the Obama Administration to drill off the Atlantic Coast for oil and gas this March The drilling plan would have allowed drilling 90 miles from Cape May endangered the Jersey Shore and tarnished the President s climate legacy Read more PREV NEXT News Release Environment New Jersey Environment New Jersey Announces Endorsement of Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard in Tight South Jersey Congressional Race Trenton Environment New Jersey a statewide citizen based environmental organization representing more than 20 000 members announced today the endorsement of Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard over Tom MacArthur in the 3rd Congressional District stretching from the Delaware to the Shore in South Jersey Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Environment New Jersey Announces Slate of Federal Endorsements for Fall 2014 Elections Trenton Environment New Jersey a statewide citizen based environmental organization representing more than 20 000 members announced today the endorsement of three candidates for federal office for this fall s elections The candidates include Sen Cory Booker running for the U S Senate Rep Frank Pallone D 6 and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman in the 12th Congressional District Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey NJ Senate Votes to Override Gov Christie on RGGI Rules The New Jersey Senate voted today to override the Christie Administration on global warming moving one step closer to stopping Gov Christie s attempts to remove New Jersey from the rules governing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI a popular program designed to clean up pollution from fossil fuel power plants Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Advocates Call for Halt of Pinelands Nominations To Protect the

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/home?page=12 (2016-05-01)
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  • An Unfamiliar State: Local Impacts of Global Warming in New Jersey | Environment New Jersey
    New Jersey could inundate low lying lands along the Shore including much of the city of Wildwood turning North Wildwood into an island At the same time sea level rise could cause Cape May Beach and other shore beaches to erode between 160 and 500 feet New York City Metro Area Vital infrastructure under threat Sea level rise puts New Jersey s vital transportation links with New York City and the world at greater threat of flooding during severe storms Higher seas could put the Holland Tunnel at risk of flooding with up to 3 feet of water every five years Newark Airport the Lincoln Tunnel and key highway links would also be increasingly vulnerable to flooding Scientists estimate that increased flooding could triple the amount of flood damage faced by the region in an average year with a maximum one time loss of 250 billion possible from a direct impact by a Category 4 hurricane Urban New Jersey More heat related deaths By 2050 the number of days in Newark with high temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit could more than quadruple rising to 60 out of 92 days As a result the number of heatrelated deaths per summer in Newark could rise more than five fold Suburban New Jersey Worsened smog pollution More frequent heat waves will increase the levels of smog pollution especially in suburban counties The number of smog related deaths a benchmark for more widespread damage to public health could increase by more than 6 percent in Mercer Somerset Hunterdon and Ocean counties Highlands and Pinelands Agriculture Longer growing seasons more threats to crop health Corn farmers in Warren County and blueberry farmers in the Pinelands could benefit from longer growing seasons but their crops will face greater heat stress more variable water supplies and increased pest populations The Delaware Valley More dangerous floods Global warming could cause more extreme weather events much like the four huge rainstorms that struck the Delaware River Valley between July 2004 and June 2006 These four storms damaged or destroyed more than 51 dams flooded thousands of homes and caused more than 150 million in property damage The large northeaster that hit New Jersey in April 2007 also provided a glimpse of the impact of extreme weather submerging Manville under Raritan River floodwaters for three days and forcing 3 000 people to evacuate from their homes Camden Water supply at risk As sea level rise pushes the mixing zone between salty and fresh water higher up the Delaware River saltwater could invade the aquifers where Camden gets its drinking water Delaware Bay Reduced numbers of migratory birds Rising temperatures could harm migratory bird species like the Red Knot which is famous for its annual migrations from Chile to the Arctic Every year Red Knots and other migratory birds stop in Delaware Bay just in time for Horseshoe Crab spawning feasting on crab eggs to refuel Changing temperatures could provoke earlier migration or altered timing of spawning reducing the availability of

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/unfamiliar-state-local-impacts-global-warming-new-jersey (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment New Jersey
    professional staff to stand up for the places we love and the environmental values we share Take action to protect New Jersey s environment Global Warming Solutions No Bees No Food Go Solar New Jersey Updates We Pressured the Obama Administration To Drop Atlantic Coast Drilling Plan Working together with activists elected leaders small businesses and allies we successfully beat back a plan from the Obama Administration to drill off the Atlantic Coast for oil and gas this March The drilling plan would have allowed drilling 90 miles from Cape May endangered the Jersey Shore and tarnished the President s climate legacy Read more PREV NEXT Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center A Program that Works The Northeast faces two fundamental and intertwined challenges fossil fuel dependence and pollution from fossil fuels Our dependence on coal oil and gas imposes economic costs pollutes our air and water and harms public health It also contributes to global warming which threatens the future of our coastal cities with sea level rise the future of our beloved ecosystems with the loss of habitats and species and the well being of our people with extreme weather events and new threats to public health Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Danger in the Air All Americans should be able to breathe clean air But pollution from power plants and vehicles puts the health of our nation s children and families at risk Ground level ozone the main component of smog is one of the most harmful and one of the most pervasive air pollutants Keep Reading Headline Environmental groups urge Christie to ban natural gas exploration by fracking in New Jersey Twenty four environmental organizations submitted a letter to Gov Chris Christie on Monday asking him to sign legislation prohibiting the

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/home?page=32 (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment New Jersey
    up with a professional staff to stand up for the places we love and the environmental values we share Take action to protect New Jersey s environment Global Warming Solutions No Bees No Food Go Solar New Jersey Updates We Pressured the Obama Administration To Drop Atlantic Coast Drilling Plan Working together with activists elected leaders small businesses and allies we successfully beat back a plan from the Obama Administration to drill off the Atlantic Coast for oil and gas this March The drilling plan would have allowed drilling 90 miles from Cape May endangered the Jersey Shore and tarnished the President s climate legacy Read more PREV NEXT Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Wasting our Waterways 2012 Industrial facilities dumped 8 5 million pounds of toxic chemicals into New Jerseys s waterways making New Jersey s waterways the 12th worst in the nation according to a new report released today by Environment New Jersey Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey In the Path of the Storm With extreme weather events increasingly common in New Jersey and across the United States Environment New Jersey released a new report The report documents extreme weather events in every county in New Jersey and discusses the likely consequences of future disasters as a result of a warming world Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey 2012 Legislative Agenda Environment New Jersey s Legislative Agenda for the 2012 session Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey New Report RGGI Benefits NJ s Economy and Environment TRENTON As a bill moves through the Legislature to keep New Jersey in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI Environment New Jersey released a new report that quantifies the program s benefits to the state s economy to business and residential ratepayers and to the environment The

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/home?page=25 (2016-05-01)
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