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  • NJ Senate Votes to Override Gov. Christie on RGGI Rules | Environment New Jersey
    play a contributing role it s time to defer to the experts Despite that acknowledgment Governor Christie withdrew from RGGI at the end of 2011 In response to a lawsuit brought by Environment New Jersey and the Natural Resources Defense Council the New Jersey Superior Court ruled in March that the administration had acted illegally in making such a major change in policy without providing an opportunity for public participation This summer the Christie Administration responded by proposing to formally repeal the rules implanting RGGI Today 23 senators voted to override the Governor and restore the program including Senate President Sweeney Senate Environment Committee members Bob Smith and Kip Bateman with 14 members in opposition An override measure also passed the Assembly Regulatory Committee this afternoon by 3 2 vote Sitting on the Sidelines of RGGI Is a Missed Opportunity A recent report by ENE Environment Northeast showed that New Jersey could generate almost 400 million in new revenue for clean energy programs through the end of the decade by rejoining RGGI Moreover rejoining RGGI would help position New Jersey to comply with the Clean Power Plan a new rule announced this summer by the U S Environmental Protection Agency to respond to the threat posed by global warming New Jersey Citizens Support Action on Climate Over the past two months thousands of citizens have written or spoken to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in support of restoring the state s participation in RGGI The comments were submitted in response to a formal public comment period on the Christie Administration s proposal to repeal the state s RGGI regulations At a public hearing held in August only one speaker opposed RGGI and action on global warming while nearly 50 supported participating in the program including many parents and

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/nj-senate-votes-override-gov-christie-rggi-rules (2016-05-01)
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  • On Eve of Largest Climate March in History, New Jersey Leaders Call for Action on Climate as New Report Reveals State’s Most Carbon Polluting Power Plants | Environment New Jersey
    of entire countries the Environment New Jersey analysis shows why limiting pollution from fossil fuel plants would make such a big impact Key findings include If the United States fleet of coal and gas burning power plants were a country it would be the 3rd largest carbon polluter behind the entire U S and China Key findings from the report include In New Jersey the top five most polluting power plants are PSEG s Bergen Generating Station in Ridgefield which puts out more than 2 500 000 metric tons of carbon pollution each year a slight increase from the prior year PSEG s Linden Generating Station in Linden which puts out 2 150 000 metric tons of carbon pollution in 2012 a slight increase from the prior year Red Oak Power LLC in Sayreville which puts out more than 1 940 00 metric tons of carbon pollution in 2012 a slight increase from the previous year Cogen Technologies Linden Cogen Plant in Linden emits more than 1 4500 000 metric tons of carbon pollution in 2012 a drop from last year Nextera Energy s Sayreville Cogeneration Facility in Sayreville emitted more than 720 000 metric tons of carbon pollution in 2012 just edging out a perennial Top 5 polluter PSEG s Hudson Generating Station here in Jersey City which emitted more than 690 000 metric tons of carbon pollution but still a significant drop from its 2011 emissions We are standing here today by the Kearny Generating Station which continues to pollute our air and threatens public health Instead we should be standing in front of wind mills or solar farms As shown in this report we need to move towards renewable energy which will create jobs grow our economy and ensure we have a livable planet for future generations This is the future we are marching for on Sunday at the People s Climate March This is the future we want our world leaders to start to work towards in order to protect our planet said Nicole Dallara Outreach Coordinator for the New Jersey Sierra Club New Jersey s emissions from its fossil fuel power plants is equal to Guatemala a country that has nearly double the population of the Garden State and is ranked 91st The most carbon polluting power plant in the nation Georgia Power Company s Scherer Plant emits as much carbon pollution as more than 4 million cars and puts out more pollution alone than all of New Jersey s power plants As stewards of the earth we have an urgent duty to take action on behalf of our environment and I am elated that so many men and women who recognize this responsibility will stand together this weekend said Assembly Environment Committee Vice Chair John McKeon D West Orange While more than 200 miles separate New York and Washington it s clear that the two cities stand united on climate change The People s Climate March comes on the heels of the Environmental Protection

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/eve-largest-climate-march-history-new-jersey-leaders-call-action-climate-new-report-reveals (2016-05-01)
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  • New Report Outlines the Cost of Pulling Out of RGGI | Environment New Jersey
    of state with local clean energy resources like energy efficiency According to recent reports by ENE and by RGGI Inc since it launched in 2009 RGGI has helped the nine participating states to Cut electricity prices by 8 percent Lock in more than 1 8 billion in long term savings on energy bills and Avoid 8 million tons of lifetime emissions the equivalent of taking 1 4 million cars off the road Independent analysts predict that RGGI will generate 8 7 billion in economic growth and 132 000 job years of employment in participating states over the next 10 years while cutting power plant pollution by another 15 percent By sitting on the sidelines New Jersey is missing out on these benefits The State s Power Plants Face No Limits on Global Warming Pollution New Jersey s neighbors including Delaware and New York limit the amount of global warming pollution their power plants can emit That limit goes down every year As a result power companies are reducing their emissions and planning for a transition to clean energy States that participate in RGGI have reduced power plant global warming pollution by 18 percent since the program started in 2009 However New Jersey power plants haven t faced a limit on their emissions since 2011 The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that under current policy New Jersey s power plant pollution would climb by almost 70 percent by 2030 In response to the threat posed by global warming the U S Environmental Protection Agency EPA has proposed the Clean Power Plan the first national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants and accelerate the transition to clean energy New Jersey and all other states will be required to develop proposals to meet the goals set by those standards by 2016 or accept a generic plan developed by EPA If New Jersey is going to comply with the newly proposed Clean Air Act rules and help reduce carbon pollution by 30 percent nationwide rejoining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is the logical first step said U S Senator Robert Menendez The power plant limitations put in place under RGGI are an important piece of our regional answer to carbon pollution The report released today suggests that New Jersey would likely comply with the Clean Power Plan by rejoining RGGI New Jersey Citizens Support RGGI Over the past two months thousands of citizens have written or spoken to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in support of restoring the state s participation in RGGI The comments were submitted in response to a formal public comment period on the Christie Administration s proposal to repeal the state s RGGI regulations In March the New Jersey Superior Court ruled that the Christie Administration acted illegally when withdrawing from RGGI without seeking public comment on such a major change in policy The ruling followed a lawsuit brought by Environment New Jersey and the Natural Resources Defense Council At a public hearing held in August only

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/new-report-outlines-cost-pulling-out-rggi (2016-05-01)
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  • Ocean Paddler Margo Pellegrino Visits Salem During 9-Day Paddle from Trenton to Newark To Highlight Sea Level Rise in South Jersey | Environment New Jersey
    May Counties at 7 disasters and Atlantic County led the state with 9 disasters Friday s event comes on the heels of a near record rainstorms across South Jersey earlier this week that dropped nearly nine inches of rain in Millville and created floodwaters reaching five feet deep in Millville forcing residents to be evacuated by boats and flooding basements across the region I do know the weather in the past several years has changed so much and the ocean waters have warmed causing some very strange weather Thunderstorms in winter floods in places that have been considered non flood areas tornadoes in New England and eastern states where there have never been any before and hurricanes that are like monsters taking over the earth or at least the shore lines said Patti Rosenberg of Woodstown who attended the event Advocates discussed the recent DEP coastal development regulations and their failure to acknowledge climate change as well as recent efforts to tackle global warming pollution from power plants by the EPA and state programs like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI and the impact of more extreme weather events in South Jersey and documented their impact over the last few years across South Jersey It is hard to ignore the increased storms and flooding of my home state According to the U S Global Change Research Program Northeast temperatures rose 2 degree F between 1895 and 2011 while rainfall increased by 10 percent and the region s oceans have risen by about a foot These are significant numbers that impact people and the data suggests that heavy rains and flooding will increase The leadership of New Jersey needs to realize that climate change and its impacts are real and we want be part of the solution to curb our carbon pollution said Vicki Nichols Goldstein executive director of the Colorado Ocean Coalition a South Jersey native and a supporter of Margo s trip More than 50 people attended the NJDEP hearing last Friday in Trenton urging Gov Christie to stay in the regulations that govern the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative a landmark climate program to reduce global warming pollution from power plants across the Northeast The public comment deadline extends until Friday September 5 and the public can comment at http www nj gov dep rules comments The proposed DEP coastal regulations which has prompted the Senate Environment Committee to take the unusual step of holding a summer hearing on this coming Monday in Trenton are seriously flawed Environment New Jersey submitted more than 19 000 petitions from average New Jerseyans advocating to see the Shore restored in an environmentally responsible way Citizens advocated for a flood preventing infrastructure and the preservation of wetlands and beaches along the coast as well as acknowledging and planning for climate change and working to reduce carbon emissions The DEP has not made any changes to the regulations based on impacts from Hurricane Sandy sea level rise or storm surges and it is proposing

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/ocean-paddler-margo-pellegrino-visits-salem-during-9-day-paddle-trenton-newark-highlight (2016-05-01)
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  • New Jerseyans Demand Action on Climate: Citizens Speak Out in Favor of RGGI | Environment New Jersey
    Power Plan the first national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants and accelerate the transition to clean energy New Jersey and all other states will be required to develop proposals to meet the goals set by those standards by 2016 or accept a generic plan developed by EPA RGGI is a program that undoubtedly benefited New Jersey s environment and its economy said John McKeon D West Orange Vice Chair of the Assembly Environment Committee Putting his lack of insight on both fronts on full display Chris Christie pulled New Jersey out of it We ve seen job creation stemming from RGGI in neighboring states whose governors know that going green on policy means getting green into state coffers Governor Christie and his administration have stated incorrectly that New Jersey will not have to do anything additional to comply with the policy In emails responding to concerned citizens Governor Christie has written New Jersey is ahead of the proposed standards And Larry Ragonese a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection echoed this opinion in remarks to the Asbury Park Press However EPA modeling suggests that New Jersey would actually have to cut its power plant emissions by almost 60 percent below business as usual levels by 2030 in order to successfully achieve its targets under the Clean Power Plan See Attached Figure The Christie administration will have to develop a real strategy to meet the requirements of the policy and rejoining RGGI is the obvious solution The infrastructure of the program is already developed New Jersey has a history of participation and it generates revenue that the state can use to accelerate its transition to clean energy and make the goals of the Clean Power Plan easier to achieve Sitting on the Sidelines of RGGI is a Missed Opportunity for New Jersey RGGI has proven to be successful on many levels in the nine states that currently participate It is helping to reduce carbon pollution while at the same time supporting economic development creating new jobs and saving consumers money on energy A big part of RGGI s positive impact on the economy comes because it replaces expenditures for fuel from out of state with local clean energy resources like energy efficiency Programs like RGGI allow a 43 year old company like ours to create new jobs stimulate the economy and to ultimately reduce greenhouse gasses while cutting energy use said Scott Needham President of Princeton Air and Efficiency First I urge the administration to rejoin RGGI and accelerate our transition to a clean energy economy According to a recent report by ENE Environment Northeast and by RGGI Inc since it launched in 2009 RGGI has already helped Reduce carbon pollution by almost 30 percent Cut electricity prices by 8 percent Create more than 23 000 job years of work Lock in more than 1 8 billion in long term savings on energy bills and Add more than 2 4 billion in economic activity to the

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/new-jerseyans-demand-action-climate-citizens-speak-out-favor-rggi (2016-05-01)
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  • On Heels of Federal Proposed Sale of NJ Off-Shore Wind Leases, Report Shows The Immense Potential for Off-Shore Wind off the Jersey Shore | Environment New Jersey
    could equal as much as 16 fossil fuel burning power plants making offshore wind an attractive option for states developing plans to shift to clean energy to achieve the targets in Clean Power Plan recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency EPA Today s announcement removes one more barrier to off shore wind in New Jersey said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey With this federal action it makes it even more critical for the Christie Administration to move forward with the long stalled state off shore wind program New Jersey s off shore wind potential remains immense and can power our state with clean energy for decades to come The proposed off shore wind lease area if fully developed could power more than 1 2 million homes The Wind Energy Area begins about seven nautical miles off the coast from Atlantic City A map can be found here Today s proposed sale notice is the first concrete step in providing significant amounts of clean renewable offshore wind energy to New Jersey homes and businesses said Rep Rush Holt D 12 Our state s ample offshore wind resources enough to power more than one million homes under this proposed sale will enable New Jersey to maintain its position as a clean energy leader and will assist the state in achieving carbon reduction goals established under the EPA s Clean Power Plan Highlights of Catching the Wind report include Areas Already Designated for Offshore Wind Development Could Power Over 5 Million American Homes This is a massive local clean power opportunity currently available to state energy planners with the capacity to power the equivalent of all households in New Jersey and South Carolina combined What s needed now is action by New Jersey s leaders to drive offshore wind markets and spur critical project contracts forward Offshore Wind Power Could Save Millions as Part of a Diverse Energy Portfolio Diversifying New Jersey s energy mix is critical for protecting ratepayers from price spikes in the volatile fossil fuel markets The report highlights a new 2014 study finding a 350 million per year reduction in energy costs from adding 1 200 MW of offshore wind energy to New England s grid Offshore Wind Power Will Spark Massive Job Creation In Europe 70 offshore wind projects across 10 countries are currently supporting over 58 000 jobs in both coastal and inland communities Today offshore wind power is a booming global industry with over 20 billion in annual investments projected for the next 10 years Offshore Wind Power Can Help States Meet New Carbon Pollution Limits Coastal states have a massive untapped pollution free energy source sitting right off their shores that can play a major role in meeting the carbon emission reduction targets required by the Environmental Protection Agency s proposed Clean Power Plan released last month Offshore Wind Power is an Environmentally Responsible Energy Choice As decades of experience in Europe indicates strong environmental requirements can ensure that offshore wind

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/heels-federal-proposed-sale-nj-shore-wind-leases-report-shows-immense-potential-shore-wind (2016-05-01)
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  • Governor Christie Moves Forward with Plan To Double Down on Climate Inaction | Environment New Jersey
    opportunity for public participation Today s action is an attempt to repeal the policy in accordance with the law Environment New Jersey and NRDC encourage the public to comment New Jersey residents have an opportunity to weigh in on the administration s move to exit the program this time around Environment New Jersey and NRDC encourage residents to share their opinions on whether or not Christie should abandon the program by September 5 by visiting http www nj gov dep rules comments Refer to DEP Docket Number 04 14 15 and include name and affiliation Residents can also give comments in person at a public hearing that will be held Friday August 8 at 10 a m at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection First Floor Hearing Room 401 E State Street in Trenton RGGI can help New Jersey comply with forthcoming federal pollution standards In response to the threat posed by global warming the Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the Clean Power Plan the first national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants a key part of President Obama s Climate Action Plan New Jersey and all other states will be required to develop proposals to meet the goals set by those standards by 2016 If they don t the EPA will develop a generic plan they can adopt Despite all of the warning signs and the chorus of New Jersey residents and government leaders urging him to stop Governor Christie is continuing down on a path that ends on the wrong side of history said Dale Bryk Deputy Director of Programs for the Natural Resources Defense Council Christie can keep burying his head in the sand but the people of New Jersey and the nation will not RGGI has been an environmental and economic success Designed by a bipartisan group of Northeastern and Mid Atlantic governors in the mid 2000s RGGI has significantly helped reduce carbon pollution while at the same time supporting economic development creating new jobs and saving consumers money on energy in the nine states that currently participate According to a recent report by Environment Northeast ENE RGGI has already helped Reduce carbon pollution by almost 30 percent Cut electricity prices by 8 percent Create more than 23 000 job years of work Lock in more than 1 8 billion in long term savings on energy bills and Add more than 2 4 billion in economic activity to the region When withdrawing from RGGI in 2011 Governor Christie acknowledged that climate change is real and that it is already having an impact on New Jersey but expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of the program but the facts now speak for themselves RGGI is an economic engine and pollution cutting powerhouse said Bryk New Jersey deserves the same benefits its neighbors are seeing from RGGI from less air pollution to more jobs and lower electric bills Action on climate is urgent and New Jersey residents support it Earlier this year the Obama administration released

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/governor-christie-moves-forward-plan-double-down-climate-inaction (2016-05-01)
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  • EPA proposes first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants | Environment New Jersey
    what we can to combat climate change and I applaud today s announcement that our country will take a bold much needed step in the right direction said Sen Robert Menendez D NJ The new power plant rules allow for flexibility in reducing carbon emissions state by state and I look forward to living in a cleaner greener New Jersey This Administrative action moves us away from unnecessary partisan bickering and nonsensical climate denying and puts us on a path forward that will improve our environment public health and our energy future Across the country Americans have felt the consequences of global warming In 2011 and 2012 the number of heat waves was nearly triple the long term average In the Northeast and Midwest extreme precipitation events have increased by 30 percent Here in New Jersey extreme downpours and superstorms like Hurricane Sandy are devastating our communities and threatening public safety in addition to rising sea levels Virtually every scientist agrees Our climate is changing largely as a result of human activities and failing to act would leave a moral stain on our generation said Congressman Rush Holt D 12 Organized well funded special interests will fight this Our adversary is not simply inefficiency in power plants but corporations who would put their financial interests ahead of children s freedom from asthma attacks and the millions of lives at risk from climate change The National Climate Assessment released in May recognized today s impacts with the statement Climate change once considered an issue for a distant future has moved firmly into the present 2 Until now there have been no federal limits on the amount of carbon pollution power plants are permitted to spew into the atmosphere This announcement is a huge win for the health of our families and

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/epa-proposes-first-ever-limits-carbon-pollution-existing-power-plants (2016-05-01)
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