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  • 100% Renewable Energy | Environment New Jersey
    the more local state national and corporate leaders will step up and take action that will make a difference now and get us on the right track for the future Adam Perri Why wait And we can t wait Scientists say we must stop burning virtually all fossil fuels by 2050 in order to spare kids growing up today from the devastating impacts of climate change And why should we wait Why wait for healthier communities with cleaner air and water when we can have them today Why wait until it s impossible to leave the kids we know and love a safer healthier tomorrow Why wait when we can start changing the conversation about how we produce and consume energy so it s no longer a question of whether we ll get to 100 renewable power but how fast Why wait when America has the responsibility the ingenuity and the will to start leading the world to a 100 renewable future right now Steven Gilbert We ve got the power We re ready for this Our national network has done more to promote solar wind and energy efficiency on the state and local level than any other group in the country We ve won clean energy policies from pro solar initiatives to clean cars programs to renewable energy standards in 22 states all of which are driving down the costs of wind and solar and driving down carbon pollution Now we need you to join this movement and the first step is an easy one Add your name in support of a 100 renewable future Together we can do this A 100 renewable future based on 100 American made energy is 100 possible And it starts now Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen via Flickr 100 Clean Energy Updates News Release Environment New Jersey New Jersey Sits on the Sidelines as Northeast States Plan Deeper Cuts in Power Plant Pollution Power plant pollution in the Northeast would decline by more than 20 percent in the next decade under a plan announced today by Northeast and Mid Atlantic state environmental and energy officials Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Wind Power for a Cleaner America As Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath prompt more New Jerseyans to call for action to tackle global warming and the rise in extreme weather Environment New Jersey released a new report that shows that New Jersey s current power generation from wind energy displaces as much global warming pollution as taking 2000 cars off the road per year A 2010 law passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Christie will bring far more wind power to New Jersey over the next decade significantly reducing global warming pollution and cutting the state s reliance on fossil fuels Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Wind Energy in New Jersey Will Prevent as Much Global Warming Pollution as Taking 376 482 Cars Off the Road Each Year As Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath prompt more New Jerseyans to call

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/programs/nje/100-renewable-energy?page=6 (2016-05-01)
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  • 100% Renewable Energy | Environment New Jersey
    we can t wait Scientists say we must stop burning virtually all fossil fuels by 2050 in order to spare kids growing up today from the devastating impacts of climate change And why should we wait Why wait for healthier communities with cleaner air and water when we can have them today Why wait until it s impossible to leave the kids we know and love a safer healthier tomorrow Why wait when we can start changing the conversation about how we produce and consume energy so it s no longer a question of whether we ll get to 100 renewable power but how fast Why wait when America has the responsibility the ingenuity and the will to start leading the world to a 100 renewable future right now Steven Gilbert We ve got the power We re ready for this Our national network has done more to promote solar wind and energy efficiency on the state and local level than any other group in the country We ve won clean energy policies from pro solar initiatives to clean cars programs to renewable energy standards in 22 states all of which are driving down the costs of wind and solar and driving down carbon pollution Now we need you to join this movement and the first step is an easy one Add your name in support of a 100 renewable future Together we can do this A 100 renewable future based on 100 American made energy is 100 possible And it starts now Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen via Flickr 100 Clean Energy Updates Report Environment New Jersey The Turning Point for Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy As America struggles to revitalize our economy create jobs secure an energy independent future and protect our communities and wildlife from the dangers of climate change one energy source offers a golden opportunity to power our homes and businesses without creating more pollution Atlantic offshore wind Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Final Green Light for Clean Cars Today the Obama administration finalized new clean car standards that will double the fuel efficiency of today s vehicles by 2025 drastically reducing emissions of carbon pollution and cutting oil use in New Jersey and nationwide The standards will cover new cars and light trucks in model years 2017 2025 and require those vehicles to meet the equivalent of a 54 5 miles per gallon standard by 2025 Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Broad Range of Stakeholders Call on Northeast Governors Including Christie to Improve Successful Clean Energy and Anti Pollution Program New Jersey organizations today joined more than 300 others in calling on Governor Christie and other Northeast and Mid Atlantic governors to build on progress reducing pollution and promoting clean energy by improving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI The coalition which includes environmental and public health organizations consumer advocates and clean energy and mainstream businesses highlighted RGGI s success to date In addition they called on governors to strengthen the program s

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/programs/nje/100-renewable-energy?page=7 (2016-05-01)
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  • 100% Renewable Energy | Environment New Jersey
    And we can t wait Scientists say we must stop burning virtually all fossil fuels by 2050 in order to spare kids growing up today from the devastating impacts of climate change And why should we wait Why wait for healthier communities with cleaner air and water when we can have them today Why wait until it s impossible to leave the kids we know and love a safer healthier tomorrow Why wait when we can start changing the conversation about how we produce and consume energy so it s no longer a question of whether we ll get to 100 renewable power but how fast Why wait when America has the responsibility the ingenuity and the will to start leading the world to a 100 renewable future right now Steven Gilbert We ve got the power We re ready for this Our national network has done more to promote solar wind and energy efficiency on the state and local level than any other group in the country We ve won clean energy policies from pro solar initiatives to clean cars programs to renewable energy standards in 22 states all of which are driving down the costs of wind and solar and driving down carbon pollution Now we need you to join this movement and the first step is an easy one Add your name in support of a 100 renewable future Together we can do this A 100 renewable future based on 100 American made energy is 100 possible And it starts now Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen via Flickr 100 Clean Energy Updates News Release Environment New Jersey Despite Record Breaking Heat and Numerous Bad Air Days Gov Christie Vetoes Clean Air Bill Gov Christie has again vetoed a bill to continue New Jersey s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI originally a 10 state program designed to reduce harmful power plant pollution make polluters pay for their emissions and invest those payments in local clean energy programs Gov Christie pulled the state from the program last December The New Jersey Legislature having received over 60 000 public comments in support of the program has now twice passed legislation S1322 to keep New Jersey in RGGI The program s main opponent is the Tea Party affiliated group Americans for Prosperity a group funded by out of state fossil fuel interests including the multi billionaire Koch Brothers Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey NJ s Solar Energy Economy Gets a Boost At the end of June and just days before their summer recess the New Jersey Legislature had passed a bill S1925 A2966 that will help further grow New Jersey s successful and booming solar energy industry Governor Christie signed that bill today and Matt Elliott Environment New Jersey s Clean Energy Advocate issued a statement applauding the move Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Electric Vehicles are Ready to Roll in New Jersey Environment New Jersey s report Charging Forward The Emergence of Electric Vehicles and

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/programs/nje/100-renewable-energy?page=8 (2016-05-01)
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  • 100% Renewable Energy | Environment New Jersey
    few years ago But we can do more and we must do more to stave off the worst effects of climate change Wayne National Forest via Flickr CC BY 2 0 We need to keep building momentum It s time to stop letting some slow moving politicians drag their feet and start pushing them to step up and lead It s time to sweep past the big energy interests from Big Oil and gas companies like ExxonMobil and Chevron to utilities like Duke Energy and Pacific Gas Electric from climate deniers in Congress to the Koch brothers that are not only standing in the way but using their financial might and political clout to roll back renewable energy s progress Join our call and help your community go 100 renewable The more people who join our call for 100 renewable power the more local state national and corporate leaders will step up and take action that will make a difference now and get us on the right track for the future Adam Perri Why wait And we can t wait Scientists say we must stop burning virtually all fossil fuels by 2050 in order to spare kids growing up today from the devastating impacts of climate change And why should we wait Why wait for healthier communities with cleaner air and water when we can have them today Why wait until it s impossible to leave the kids we know and love a safer healthier tomorrow Why wait when we can start changing the conversation about how we produce and consume energy so it s no longer a question of whether we ll get to 100 renewable power but how fast Why wait when America has the responsibility the ingenuity and the will to start leading the world to a 100 renewable future right now Steven Gilbert We ve got the power We re ready for this Our national network has done more to promote solar wind and energy efficiency on the state and local level than any other group in the country We ve won clean energy policies from pro solar initiatives to clean cars programs to renewable energy standards in 22 states all of which are driving down the costs of wind and solar and driving down carbon pollution Now we need you to join this movement and the first step is an easy one Add your name in support of a 100 renewable future Together we can do this A 100 renewable future based on 100 American made energy is 100 possible And it starts now Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen via Flickr 100 Clean Energy Updates News Release Extreme Weather Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center America on the Move The impact of state level actions to reduce global warming pollution is significant on a global scale Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center An Unfamiliar State Local Impacts of Global Warming in New Jersey Global warming poses a serious threat

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/programs/nje/100-renewable-energy?page=11 (2016-05-01)
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  • 100% Renewable Energy Updates | Environment New Jersey
    Spotlight the Road Ahead For Wind Off the Jersey Shore with Wind Developers and BOEM Deputy Director Keynoting Forum Today s Off Shore Wind Energy Forum hosted by Stockton University and co sponsored by Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center the Stockton University Sustainability Trust and the Business Network for Off Shore Wind kicks off after the U S Bureau of Ocean Energy Management s BOEM federal sale last November of two leases for offshore wind energy development of 344 000 acres The forum will address how New Jersey fits into the Department of Interior s vision for expanding off shore wind on the East Coast the development plans for each off shore wind developer and the opportunities for New Jersey to become a leader of an offshore wind energy industry Read more about Stockton Off Shore Wind Energy Forum To Spotlight the Road Ahead For Wind Off the Jersey Shore with Wind Developers and BOEM Deputy Director Keynoting Forum News Release Environment New Jersey NJ Legislature Acts To Move on Off Shore Wind On Monday the New Jersey State Assembly passed a proposal that could help resusitate efforts to bring off shore wind to New Jersey The proposal co sponsored by Senator Bob Smith D Middlesex and Senator Jim Whelan D Atlantic requires the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to reopen a 30 day period for Fishermen s Energy to resubmit an application for a demonstration off shore wind project off Atlantic City The demonstration project would be a five turbine 25 megawatt project that would help provide clean energy jobs to the state while reducing harmful global warming pollution Read more about NJ Legislature Acts To Move on Off Shore Wind News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Bridgegate in the Pines Part Deux

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/node/40946/content (2016-05-01)
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  • Exxon & Gov. Christie, You’ve Been Served: Enviros File Legal Action To Stop Historic Environmental Sell-Out | Environment New Jersey
    at the 16 other Exxon sites around the state remains huge The settlement includes the Paulsboro sites Flemington and Pennington oil depots Edison Research Lab the Linden oil depot and Teterboro Airport depot and many other contaminated sites around New Jersey This is not a settlement it is a sellout of the taxpayers and the environment We are going to court to do the job that DEP should do which is to reject this settlement and make Exxon pay their fair share This dirty deal should not stand Not only does it affect Linden and Bayonne but communities from one end of New Jersey to the other The DEP never gave the judge or the public any information on the 16 other sites or the hundreds of gas stations yet the Christie Administration included them in the settlement This makes this dirty deal even dirtier and the corporate subsidy even bigger Exxon must be held liable and must pay for the damages they caused to these communities and the environment We are moving to intervene in this case to represent the people since DEP is more concerned about Exxon We will go into court to uphold the public trust doctrine and make sure polluters pay for the damages to natural resources We are here to put the trust back into the public trust doctrine and ensure those people in those communities get the money they are entitled to said Jeff Tittel director of the NJ Sierra Club The proposed settlement was expanded to include sites that were not in the original lawsuit including 16 Exxon oil facilities around the state and more than 800 gas stations This case was filed in 2004 by the McGreevy administration for the damages that Exxon has done to the environment around the Bayonne and Linden refineries Exxon has been under Administrative Consent Order for the Bayway refinery since 1991 to clean up but little progress has been made We re asking to be heard because this is a bad deal for New Jersey taxpayers public health and the environment said David Pringle NJ Campaign Director Clean Water Action When you add up all the details in the proposed settlement it s a sweetheart deal for Exxon possibly less than half of one tenth of one cent on the dollar for an actual restoration It is a raw deal for the people of New Jersey The public the NJ Legislature and our members have spoken up resoundingly against the settlement and for polluter pays Governor Christie isn t representing the public interest and this isn t a fair deal The damage at the additional 16 other Exxon sites is extensive Most egregious is the Paulsboro Oil Terminal site along 34 acres next to the Delaware River in South Jersey In 1985 over 135 000 gallons leaked into the site Nine major additional spills were reported after the 1985 spill A 2009 report by the DEP found 118 million gallons of groundwater were contaminated on the

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/exxon-gov-christie-you%E2%80%99ve-been-served-enviros-file-legal-action-stop-historic-environmental (2016-05-01)
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  • Obama Admin’s EPA Issues Rule To Protect 4,000 Miles of New Jersey Streams | Environment New Jersey
    greater certainty for business I strongly support the Administration s proposal and will continue fighting to preserve clean water for New Jerseyans and all Americans for generations to come The court rulings had put small streams headwaters and certain wetlands in a perilous legal limbo allowing polluters and developers to dump into them or destroy them in many cases without a permit In a four year period following the decisions the U S Environmental Protection Agency had to drop more than 1 500 cases against polluters according to one analysis by The New York Times First proposed in March 2014 the joint rule by EPA and the U S Army Corps of Engineers is backed by robust scientific review and has gained broad support across a wide range of constituencies Mayors brewers kayakers anglers small businesses and farmers have signaled their support New Jerseyans joined Americans across the country to submit 800 000 comments in favor of the rule last fall Environment New Jersey Clean Water Action Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association the New Jersey Sierra Club and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network in conjunction with local farmers and businesses are holding a town hall meeting on the EPA Clean Water Rule tonight in Pennington and released a video produced by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network outlining public support for the rule The Raritan the Passaic the Hackensack the Delaware the Hudson and Barnegat Bay these water bodies define New Jersey But they rely on a network of streams and wetlands that have been at risk for nearly 10 years We are so thrilled that the Obama administration has finalized the Clean Water Rule and ensured that New Jersey s vital streams and wetlands are once again protected said Dave Pringle campaign director for Clean Water Action New Jersey s environmental advocates are among those pushing for restored stream protections for the better part of the last decade gathered more than 70 000 comments from New Jerseyans and held more than 150 000 face to face conversations about the need to close the loophole in the Clean Water Act in the last year alone We applaud the Obama Administration for proposing a new rule that will help protect important waterways wetlands and drinking water for the American people This rule closes loopholes and ends different interpretations on how to protect clean water under the Clean Water Act These are called Waters Of The United States because they belong to all of US They do not belong to developers agribusiness or polluters They belong to the people of this country The same politicians in Washington that want to drill in the Arctic drill off of coast prevent action on reducing greenhouse gases and deny climate change are now trying to deny us clean water This rule will help protect habitat species and fisheries as well as prevent flooding and provide clean drinking water We are supporting the rule and will fight with those in Congress with a dirty water agenda that will take

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/obama-admin%E2%80%99s-epa-issues-rule-protect-4000-miles-new-jersey-streams (2016-05-01)
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  • Inspiring for clean water one paddle at a time | Environment New Jersey
    hope that the problems our waterways face can be fixed Along with her public education efforts Margo s also picking up trash and conducting regular checks of water quality When I first read about Margo I immediately knew I wanted to talk to her Inspiration can be infectious and I knew if even one person was as inspired by her story as I was it was worth sharing Margo is a long time Environment New Jersey member and has worked shoulder to shoulder with us on several local environmental battles from protecting the Pinelands to fighting a proposed gas pipeline Through our mutual contact Environment New Jersey s Doug O Malley I was able to connect with Margo while she was making her way through the Erie Canal Water is our most precious resource she said breathing steady and heavy from the day s paddle Droughts are impacting California there s floods in Texas Florida s facing a water crisis Lake Erie is having record algae blooms and many of our nation s streams are too polluted for swimming or to use as drinking water We can t ignore these problems we ve got to fix them and they are fixable Sometimes the solution is actually very simple Natural resources can come back on their own if we just provide them the opportunity to do so We ve highlighted many of the water concerns Margo mentioned including the Shelter from the Storm report that shows the importance of wetlands to flood prevention Wasting Our Waterways report that documents which companies are dumping pollution in our waters and a statement from Environment Ohio on Toledo drinking water contamination The Big Apple to the Big Easy is a continuation of past paddles that Margo s completed in previous summers including a trek along the East Coast from Maine to Miami For those paddles she s focused more ocean health but now she s concentrating on the connection between inland and ocean waters A lot of our problems in the ocean are land based she said My message is the same We need clean water we need to protect our waterways not just for the environmental aspect not just to save the fish but also to save us humans During her expeditions Margo is able to talk with business owners who depend on clean water for their livelihood including fishermen breweries and outdoor retailers We celebrate and understand the importance of diversity in nature and a very diverse economy is a strong economy she said When you have one or two larger companies that are allowed to pollute all these businesses that depend on clean water downstream are affected Margo s a very vocal supporter of the Clean Water Rule which restores Clean Water Act protections to our waterways and wetlands that were steadily eroded since 2001 by loopholes carved into the law by polluters and developers These loopholes put the drinking water of 117 million Americans at risk to pollution On May

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/blogs/environment-america-blog/ame/paddling-for-clean-water (2016-05-01)
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