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  • Christie Administration Sued for Illegally Leaving Regional Clean Energy Pact | Environment New Jersey
    calling for him to drop out Governor Christie unilaterally made his decision to leave RGGI without taking any input from stakeholders or the public said Matt Elliott clean energy advocate for Environment New Jersey As we contend today his actions are not only bad public policy but also illegal The people of New Jersey have spoken out overwhelmingly in support of RGGI to date over 50 000 New Jerseyans have called or written their elected officials urging them to stand up for RGGI And the Legislature has passed a series of measures affirming their support of the program And yet the governor refuses to listen and insists on ignoring the people and their elected representatives We won t stand by and let this happen The groups filed the lawsuit today in the Superior Court Appellate Division in Trenton against the New Jersey DEP for effectively dissolving the program which has strong support from the public and the state legislature without the open discussion that state law requires The New Jersey Administrative Procedure Act requires the Governor and his administration to provide notice of their intention to repeal a regulation like this as well as give the public reasonable opportunity to comment before finally deciding whether or not to move forward with a repeal Given this the groups contend that the program is still law and the administration and New Jersey utilities must abide by it In May 2011 Governor Christie announced an end to New Jersey s participation in RGGI The following week the state DEP Commissioner declared the state s withdrawal from initiative would be effective at the end of the calendar year The Governor s actions closely followed by DEP s effectively repealed the state s participation in the program while ignoring the requirements of the state s Administrative Procedure Act to provide New Jersey residents and businesses with an opportunity to shape the Administration s position by publicly describing the program s benefits and countering the claims of oil industry funded opponents In the past year the state legislature has twice voted to keep New Jersey participating in RGGI The first bill that passed was vetoed by the Governor last summer The second bill was passed again last month and is currently on Governor Christie s desk The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a program between 10 states in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic that is reducing harmful air pollution from power plants making polluters pay for their emissions and investing those payments in clean energy projects that grow the economy and further cut fossil fuel dependence In doing so it is generating revenue for the state lowering energy costs for consumers and creating jobs in the energy efficiency and clean energy sectors that can t be shipped overseas It achieves these goals by ensuring that residents send less of the money they pay for electricity out of their states to import coal and other fossil fuels Instead more of it goes back into their local communities

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/christie-administration-sued-illegally-leaving-regional-clean-energy-pact (2016-05-01)
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  • A Record of Leadership | Environment New Jersey
    cleaner greener future Connect with us Like Us Follow Us Contact About Us Issues Clean Water for America Solar For All No bees no food Stop Keystone Global Warming Solutions 100 Renewable Energy Save the Delaware from Drilling News Action Jobs Donate Report A Record of Leadership How Northeastern States are Cutting Global Warming Pollution and Building a Clean Economy Released by Environment New Jersey Release date Wednesday April 11

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/record-leadership (2016-05-01)
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  • As Emissions in Northeast States Decline, Economic Growth Outpaces Nation | Environment New Jersey
    with state leadership and more strong policies to promote clean energy and to limit carbon emissions we can continue to make progress in meeting our goals for reducing the pollution that causes global warming said Matt Elliott with Environment New Jersey Unfortunately after a decade of leadership on climate change and clean energy Governor Christie is moving us backward not forward Elliott said We ve seen little more than rollbacks and broken promises on these issues even clean energy programs implemented by previous administrations are successfully cutting pollution and growing the economy Over the past decade New Jersey in partnership with other states in the region has taken meaningful steps to reduce its carbon emissions including Capping Carbon Emissions o In 2007 New Jersey enacted the Global Warming Response Act requiring emissions to be lowered to 1990 levels by 2020 and to 80 percent below current levels by 2050 Reducing Power Plant Emissions o In 2005 New Jersey officials joined with nine other Northeast and Mid Atlantic States including New York Maryland Delaware and other states in the Northeast to establish the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI the first program in the United States to limit global warming emissions from power plants sell permits to emit carbon and invest the revenues in energy efficiency and clean energy initiatives Cleaner Cars o New Jersey led the Northeast adopted the Clean Cars program to limit tailpipe emissions for carbon dioxide and require cars to have better fuel economy Expanding renewable energy o New Jersey and all the states in the RGGI program have adopted renewable energy standards and other policies to ramp up renewable energy In New Jersey 22 5 of the state s electricity must come from renewable sources by 2020 Improving energy efficiency o New Jersey and the other Northeast states have adopted a variety of energy efficiency programs including standards for appliances utility energy efficiency programs building codes and other programs According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy six of the top ten ranked states on energy efficiency are in the Northeast New Jersey ranks 15th in the nation See energy efficiency scorecard at http aceee org sector state policy scorecard There is strong support for programs to promote clean energy and reduce pollution in New Jersey said Elliott A majority of state lawmakers continue to side with the people of New Jersey in supporting these types of anti pollution pro jobs programs Unfortunately Governor Christie is out of step with this vision for a cleaner more prosperous New Jersey For example while the governor continues to attack RGGI a majority of lawmakers have stood in support of this program RGGI has been a key part of our efforts to promote energy efficiency and clean energy while creating jobs that will improve the quality of life for our citizens We can and must strengthen the program so that we can secure even more gains in the future In addition to RGGI clean energy in general has

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/emissions-northeast-states-decline-economic-growth-outpaces-nation (2016-05-01)
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  • Statement on Amtrak's Gateway Tunnel by Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Environment New Jersey and NJ Sierra Club | Environment New Jersey
    No bees no food Stop Keystone Global Warming Solutions 100 Renewable Energy Save the Delaware from Drilling News Action Jobs Donate News Release Statement on Amtrak s Gateway Tunnel by Tri State Transportation Campaign Environment New Jersey and NJ Sierra Club For Immediate Release Monday February 7 2011 Today s Gateway Tunnel announcement by Amtrak and Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez is exciting news Last year s cancellation of the ARC Tunnel did not eliminate the need for a better cross Hudson commute We applaud Senators Lautenberg and Menendez for stepping into the breach and standing up for transit riders and the transportation needs of our region Continued federal leadership will be crucial to this project s success given Congressional Republicans skepticism of Amtrak With the tunnel at least a decade away improving bus service is the best way to expand transit capacity across the Hudson now The Port Authority has identified several projects that would do so including a new bus garage on Manhattan s West Side a new bus carpool lane through the Lincoln Tunnel and a full replacement of the Lincoln Tunnel helix After walking away from commuters by canceling the ARC Tunnel it is time

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/statement-amtraks-gateway-tunnel-tri-state-transportation-campaign-environment-new-jersey (2016-05-01)
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  • Brass Tacks on Federal Budget: Sens. Lautenberg and Menendez Draw Line in the Sand on Environmental Attacks & Public Health Rollbacks | Environment New Jersey
    up for New Jerseyans health and our environment With polluters and their allies in Congress trying to hijack a must pass government funding bill this weekend with an all out assault on the air we breathe and the water we drink Senators Lautenberg and Menendez s leadership is critical We urge Congress and President Obama to follow their lead and reject attacks on New Jerseyans health and our environment and instead stand up for cleaner air and a healthier future BACKGROUND ON H R 1 The U S House of Representatives launched an outright attack on America s health clean air and clean water in the early morning hours of February 19 when it passed a funding bill H R 1 that amounts to one of the most far reaching assaults on the nation s core environmental and public health programs in recent history This bill was later rejected by the U S Senate but there is a push by polluting industries and some members of Congress to include some of these same attacks on the nation s health and environment in the funding bill being negotiated this weekend in Washington D C The original House passed version of H R 1 would have done the following Threaten the health of America s children elderly citizens and other vulnerable populations by blocking EPA from enforcing the Clean Air Act and cleaning up coal fired power plants and other industrial sources of dangerous carbon dioxide pollution The EPA estimates that clean air regulations saved more than 160 000 lives in 2010 alone and this success should be built upon not torn down Put children at risk of learning disabilities developmental disorders and lower IQs by blocking the EPA from limiting mercury and other toxic air pollutants from cement kilns Threaten the health of millions of Americans by stopping the EPA from updating air quality standards for coarse particulate matter soot pollution which is linked to heart and lung disease asthma attacks and premature death Threaten drinking water supplies for more than 117 million Americans and endanger thousands of streams and wetlands across the country by blocking EPA s ability to restore Clean Water Act protections for these waterways Put Americans drinking water and waterways at risk of sewage and urban runoff pollution by cutting 1 4 billion in funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Funds SRFs Allow polluters to continue dumping in and destroying the Chesapeake Bay by blocking EPA s Bay wide clean up plan from going into effect Put thousands of people living near coal ash pools at risk of toxic disasters like the Tennessee Valley coal ash spill by stopping the EPA from developing or issuing standards that treat coal ash as the hazardous waste that it is Block states ability to put cleaner cars on the road by disabling the EPA program through which California and other states are allowed to issue state level clean car standards Endanger efforts to ensure that our national parks and

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/brass-tacks-federal-budget-sens-lautenberg-and-menendez-draw-line-sand-environmental (2016-05-01)
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  • New Jersey Environmental, Conservation and Energy Organizations Appeal to Governor to Sign the Frack Ban Bill | Environment New Jersey
    with us Like Us Follow Us Contact About Us Issues Clean Water for America Solar For All No bees no food Stop Keystone Global Warming Solutions 100 Renewable Energy Save the Delaware from Drilling News Action Jobs Donate News Release New Jersey Environmental Conservation and Energy Organizations Appeal to Governor to Sign the Frack Ban Bill For Immediate Release Tuesday August 2 2011 PR Gov letter Ban Bill 8 1

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/new-jersey-environmental-conservation-and-energy-organizations-appeal-governor-sign-frack (2016-05-01)
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  • Lawmakers To Hold Hearings on Gov’s Energy Plans for New Jersey | Environment New Jersey
    next 10 years said Assembly Environment Committee Chairman John F McKeon McKeon continued New Jersey s first energy road map implemented by a series of coordinated and groundbreaking initiatives like the Global Warming Response Act the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI and innovative programs to incentivize energy efficiency and use and development of renewable energy and clean energy technologies catapulted our state to a national leader in clean energy It has helped generate tens of thousands of green jobs and positioned us to surpass some of our goals in the production of offshore wind and solar installations We are at the apex of progress By reducing our renewable energy goals increasing our dependence on fossil fuels and withdrawing incentives for energy efficiency for residential ratepayers the 2011 draft Energy Master Plan would be taking a giant step backwards We look forward to receiving input on Thursday on how we can continue our march towards a clean energy economy and energy independence Advocates critical of the plan echoed Smith and McKeon s comments and said that the governor s plan would undermine New Jersey s role as a clean energy leader by reducing the state s goals for clean energy and lacking a clear strategy to reduce energy demand through efficiency This hearing is important because we need to take a critical look at the governor s energy plan and assesses its impact on our clean energy economy over the next decade said Matt Elliott Clean Energy Advocate for Environment New Jersey We ve heard a lot of praise from industry and big polluters but we need to shed light on the ways in which this plan will hurt our environment and hurt our economy It significantly scales back goals for renewable energy promotes new polluting forms of energy and lacks any clear plan to reduce state wide energy demand Stakeholders noted that by slashing the state s renewable energy goals and promoting additional fossil fuel generation the plan would result in more pollution in New Jersey resulting in an increase in public health problems and environmental degradation We see evidence based on the state s own research that nearly 2 000 New Jerseyans die prematurely each year from the effects of air pollution said Paul Kaufman Director of Advocacy at GreenFaith a multi denominational faith based environmental group These deaths as well as the tens of thousands of illnesses accompanying pollution are concentrated in the state s poorest communities In a state as wealthy as ours this is morally wrong Others noted that the plan jeopardizes the state s growing clean energy based economy Even at the depths of the recession the state s clean energy programs were expanding and creating significant numbers of new jobs building and installing solar panels retrofitting homes and businesses and researching and developing new technologies The Christie Energy Master Plan hurts both jobs and our environment The EMP puts our 25 000 clean energy jobs at risk it means more pollution and promotes the

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/lawmakers-hold-hearings-gov%E2%80%99s-energy-plans-new-jersey (2016-05-01)
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  • State Decisionmakers Call on New Jersey To Go 20% Solar by 2025 | Environment New Jersey
    Democratic decision makers highlighting the bipartisan popularity solar energy has long enjoyed By using solar energy to power our homes businesses schools farms and government buildings we can reduce pollution save consumers on their energy bills and boost local economies reads the letter organized by the advocacy group Environment New Jersey New Jersey has long been a leader in solar energy thanks in large part to smart forward thinking policies said David Beavers Campaign Organizer with Environment New Jersey This letter demonstrates that the political will to go big on solar is still very much alive in New Jersey At January s State of the State Governor Christie cited New Jersey s third in the nation solar ranking New Jersey trails only California and Arizona two much larger and sunnier states in the amount of solar installed However New Jersey has actually fallen from second place in the rankings since 2010 when Gov Christie took office Since taking office the Governor has diverted more than 1 billion from ratepayer subsidies on electricity bills designed to fund clean energy programs with more raids anticipated this year Solar energy plays a vital role in New Jersey in securing our future and creating jobs in the Garden State said Bergen County Freeholder Thomas Sullivan Jr In addition to helping curb our state s carbon footprint the solar energy industry creates well paying careers for installing maintaining and utilizing this fast growing field New Jersey has the technical potential to generate six times the electricity its residents consume in an average year from solar power alone according to a report released last fall by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center That same report found that going 20 percent solar would achieve carbon pollution reduction equivalent to taking 2 6 million gasoline powered cars off

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/state-decisionmakers-call-new-jersey-go-20-solar-2025 (2016-05-01)
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