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  • Court Hears Argument Christie Illegally Repealed Rules to Clean Up Climate Change Pollution | Environment New Jersey
    advance public notice of the action and provide any opportunities for public comment if it wanted to stop the pollution limits Had it done so the state would have heard from the many citizens who support action to clean up power plants and from businesses and residents who benefited from RGGI when the program was still in effect in New Jersey Broad public support for RGGI in New Jersey Polls show widespread bipartisan support for action on climate in New Jersey with more than 80 percent supporting limits on carbon pollution from power plants More than 30 000 New Jerseyans weighed in with state decision makers in support of RGGI as it was first adopted Today s hearing is the first step to get New Jersey back on track in tackling climate change said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey New Jerseyans understand we have an obligation to protect our children and future generations from global warming s impacts In the wake of Hurricane Sandy which killed more than 30 people and caused as much as 30 billion in losses in the state curbing the climate change pollution that turbocharges our weather is more important than ever Rising seas will put trillions of dollars worth of private property and public infrastructure in the Newark New York metropolitan area at risk from flooding within the century RGGI can help New Jersey comply with forthcoming federal standards As part of the Climate Action Plan President Obama announced last year the Environmental Protection Agency will be creating federal standards to reduce climate change pollution from power plants nationwide EPA will issue carbon pollution standards for existing power plants this June and all states will be required to develop proposals to meet those standards by 2016 If they don t the EPA will develop a plan for them In all likelihood the EPA will consider RGGI to be an appropriate compliance mechanism Given today s arguments the broad support for RGGI in the state and the program s proven track record of success in neighboring states New Jersey could seize the opportunity to rejoin RGGI in order to comply with the federal rules The reality is one way or another New Jersey will have to start cutting pollution from its power plants in the near future said Dale Bryk Energy and Transportation Program Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council With neighboring states using a program that is not only delivering significant reductions in climate change pollution but lowering energy bills and creating jobs why reinvent the wheel Governor Christie should seize the moment and give RGGI another look RGGI has been an economic and environmental success Since it took effect in 2009 RGGI has proven itself to be a pollution cutting economy boosting powerhouse by Helping to reduce regional climate change pollution by more than 30 percent demonstrating that states can successfully clean up climate altering pollution from power plants just as they have successfully reduced emissions of arsenic lead soot

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/court-hears-argument-christie-illegally-repealed-rules-clean-climate-change-pollution (2016-05-01)
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  • Massive Conservation Coalition Calls for Bold Action to Advance Offshore Wind Power | Environment New Jersey
    Atlantic City that needs off shore wind tax credits Organizations lauded offshore wind power as a promising alternative to America s power plants the largest single source of carbon pollution that scientist say is fueling global warming and more frequent and severe extreme weather events Extreme weather s impacts have hit close to home recently Hurricane Sandy alone cost over 70 billion total in damages in addition to the immeasurable impact on lives lost injuries and livelihoods ruined across New Jersey Hurricane Sandy is a tragic example of what climate change looks like To avoid the worst impacts of global warming we need to shift away from energy that threatens our climate with carbon said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey Harnessing the wind that blows off our shores will be essential in facing the climate crisis Supporters pointed to the clear benefits of offshore wind as reason for state and federal officials to support incentives critical for launching a new offshore wind industry in New Jersey and along the Atlantic Coast Climate change is the single the biggest threat to America s wildlife this century and properly sited offshore wind power is an essential part of the solution said National Wildlife Federation s Senior Energy Climate Manager Catherine Bowes Our ability to fight climate change and repower America with pollution free energy hinges on bold action from our federal and state leaders Congress must renew the offshore wind investment tax credit ITC immediately to jumpstart this critical new clean energy source for America In June President Obama announced an historic Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution In addition to placing the first ever national limits on carbon pollution from power plants the plan called for doubling the amount of renewable energy generated on federally controlled land

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/massive-conservation-coalition-calls-bold-action-advance-offshore-wind-power (2016-05-01)
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  • As Sandy Anniversary Nears, NJ Urged To Clean Up Climate-Altering Power Plant Pollution, Get Back In RGGI | Environment New Jersey
    pollution we can expect dangerous and potentially irreversible consequences including more extreme weather longer heat waves disrupted agriculture and ocean acidification Rising seas alone could flood trillions of dollars worth of private property and public infrastructure in the Newark New York metropolitan area within the century The more pollution the world emits the worse the problem will get New Jersey must do its part to reduce emissions of climate altering pollution Gov Christie has put climate action in New Jersey in a deep freeze and has taken us backwards Regardless of party our state leaders have an obligation to act to protect our children and grandchildren from the worst impacts of global warming New Jersey should take three main steps First New Jersey should follow through with the Global Warming Response Act set a goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent below 2006 levels by 2050 based on scientific evidence on the need to reduce pollution Second New Jersey should rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI a pioneering agreement to limit carbon pollution from power plants In February nine other Northeastern states announced a new agreement to make deeper cuts in power plant carbon emissions RGGI works By the end of the decade the program will prevent 86 to 91 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution That is the equivalent annual emissions from 16 million cars RGGI is helping to protect the world from the impacts of climate change But it is also having important local benefits It will provide participating states 3 8 billion in revenue to invest in clean energy solutions through 2020 which will reduce our dependence on fossil fuel increase economic output by 8 2 billion and create 123 000 job years of employment However New Jersey is sitting on

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/sandy-anniversary-nears-nj-urged-clean-climate-altering-power-plant-pollution-get-back-rggi (2016-05-01)
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  • Report Reveals NJ’s Top 5 Most Carbon Polluting Power Plants | Environment New Jersey
    sector and ranks New Jersey s biggest carbon polluters and shows that New Jersey s power plants emit as much as carbon pollution as 3 7 million cars In New Jersey we know firsthand global warming s devastating effects Last year Superstorm Sandy was made stronger by warmer ocean temperatures rising sea levels and even the unusual and destructive path of the storm was influenced by climate change While climate change is a global problem I consider it a very important local issue for New Jersey said U S Senator Robert Menendez who helped lead the fight for federal Sandy relief 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 2 457 012 metric tons of carbon pollution each year PSEG s Linden Generating Station in Linden which puts out 2 128 157 metric tons of carbon pollution each year Red Oak Power LLC in Sayreville which puts out 1 927 460 metric tons of carbon pollution each year PSEG s Hudson Generating Station right here in Jersey City puts out 1 760 636 metric tons of carbon pollution each year Cogen Technologies Linden Cogen Plant in Linden puts out 1 601 186 metric tons of carbon pollution each year The five most polluting power plants in New Jersey represent 65 of our power plant emissions but only 35 of the energy generated America s power plants are its single largest source of carbon pollution responsible for 40 percent of emissions nationwide The most carbon polluting power plant in the nation Georgia Power Company s Scherer Plant emits as much carbon pollution as 4 4 million cars This summer President Obama directed his Environmental Protection Agency EPA to propose limits on carbon pollution from new and existing power plants the largest single source of carbon pollution In a major step the EPA is expected to propose an updated rule for cutting carbon pollution from new power plants on September 20 Americans have submitted 3 2 million public comments in support of limiting carbon pollution from power plants The time to act is now We must support the Environmental Protection Agency s efforts to combat global warming including their work to develop carbon pollution limits for both new and existing plants said U S Senator Robert Menendez We also should act legislatively to renew and improve incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency and put a price on carbon so polluters pay for the damage they cause to our environment While nine northeast states that make up the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI announced efforts to make deeper cuts in power plant carbon emissions this spring New Jersey sits on the sidelines as Governor Chris Christie has pulled our state out of the program Chris Christie claims he acted in the name of fiscal responsibility in pulling out of RGGI but the fact of the matter is that sustaining our environment and advancing

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/report-reveals-nj%E2%80%99s-top-5-most-carbon-polluting-power-plants (2016-05-01)
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  • President Obama’s Climate Plan a Clear Win for New Jersey | Environment New Jersey
    millions of Americans who spoke out on behalf of their communities and families urging him to lead on climate said Doug O Malley interim director with Environment New Jersey All of us who have felt the effects of global warming or simply worried about what s in store for our kids should know that this is the plan from President Obama we ve been waiting for Left unchecked global warming is projected to bring to New Jersey more intense storms and more unhealthy air days as well as increased sea level rise and rising storm surges Scientists have warned that the window is rapidly closing for making the necessary cuts in carbon pollution to protect future generations from the worst consequences of global warming Despite these warnings Gov Christie has failed to act and has taken us backward on climate by pulling us out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative To respond to this threat the president s plan contains several key components It will Limit carbon pollution from new and existing power plants The president directed the Environmental Protection Agency to set limits on carbon pollution from new and existing power plants which currently lack any such federal limits despite being the largest single source of the carbon pollution fueling global warming Invest in energy efficiency New efficiency measures for buildings and new appliances will cut carbon pollution by reducing our overall energy demand Build more renewable energy The plan focuses on expanding production of clean renewable energy sources like wind and solar especially on public lands Support affected communities The president s plan will help ensure that communities are better equipped to prepare for and recover from the impacts of global warming Rebuild U S leadership internationally The president s plan calls for the U S to actively

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/president-obama%E2%80%99s-climate-plan-clear-win-new-jersey (2016-05-01)
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  • New Report Says Global Warming to Bring More Extreme Weather: | Environment New Jersey
    weather events could increase due to other impacts of global warming like sea level rise Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center was joined by Congressman Frank Pallone Jr NJ 6 and Belmar Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty and David Pringle of the New Jersey Environmental Federation in releasing the new report I have no doubt that these more severe and frequent storms like Sandy are a consequence of climate change I m afraid the 100 year storm is now a 10 year storm and New Jersey is in the line of fire said Congressman Frank Pallone Jr NJ 6 More frequent and intense storms rising sea level and ocean acidification all spell disaster for New Jersey and the state and the country must recognize these consequences of climate change and take bold action to mitigate the effects Dan DeRosa noted that every weather event is now a product of a climate system where global warming loads the dice for extreme weather though in different ways for different types of extreme weather While the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently concluded that it is virtually certain that hot days will become hotter and likely that extreme precipitation events will continue to increase worldwide there is less scientific consensus about the impact of global warming on events such as tornadoes Enough is enough The science was already clear but Sandy brought it all too close to home Climate change and sea level rise are real They are increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather said David Pringle campaign director with New Jersey Environmental Federation The only thing esoteric here are the skeptics the deniers and the I m not part of the solution it s not my problem crowd That kind of crowd is not welcome at the Jersey Shore They need to get their head out of the sand and help out or get out After seeing first hand the damage caused to the property and lives of families in Belmar I believe we must support initiatives and policies that address global warming said Mayor Matt Doherty of Belmar Congressman Frank Pallone has shown consistent leadership on this important environmental issue and I am proud to support his efforts Extreme weather is happening it is causing very serious problems and global warming increases the likelihood that we ll see even more extreme weather in the future said Dan DeRosa Carbon pollution from our power plants cars and trucks is fueling global warming and so tackling global warming demands that we cut emissions of carbon pollution from those sources Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center is calling on decision makers at the local state and federal level to cut carbon pollution by expanding efforts to clean up the largest sources of pollution shifting to clean renewable energy using less energy overall and avoiding new dirty energy projects that make the carbon pollution problem even worse The report was released two months after nine states announced a new agreement to make deeper cuts

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/new-report-says-global-warming-bring-more-extreme-weather (2016-05-01)
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  • New Jersey Sitting on Bench in Regional Plan to Tackle Climate-Altering Pollution | Environment New Jersey
    economies of the ten Northeast states grew twice as fast per capita as other states while carbon dioxide emissions decreased 25 percent faster per capita By promoting clean energy and energy efficiency programs RGGI helps keep energy dollars in our local economy while reducing the risk of climate change related costs said Pat Stanton senior vice president for policy and advocacy at the Conservation Services Group a large energy services company In the last five years RGGI has helped to spur CSG s growth We have added over 450 new employees and improved the efficiency comfort and affordability of thousands of New England homes Unfortunately New Jersey bucked the region s trend with per capita emissions reductions that were lower than the national average and per capita economic growth that was on par with the national average New Jersey will continue to lose out because recent analyses have also shown RGGI has produced a 1 6 billion economic boost to the region through 2011 and that strengthening RGGI could produce an additional 8 billion in economic benefits By using RGGI to accelerate investments in energy efficiency the Northeast states have made RGGI into a winner for businesses and consumers in the Northeast said the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partners public policy director Jim O Reilly This report shows that RGGI will continue to be a critical tool for states to manage their energy use and maintain our competitive advantage as we emerge from the economic downturn Environment New Jersey s report points out that New Jersey and the rest of the world are in a race against time citing studies showing that 100 year coastal floods are now predicted to occur every 15 to 35 years The changing climate threatens at least 496 000 New Jersey residents living in coastal flood zones and could lead to at least 38 9 billion in losses in storm related economic losses by mid century and over 205 000 lost jobs New Jersey was one of the 10 states that launched RGGI in 2005 and participated in the program when it took effect in 2009 In May 2011 Christie declared that New Jersey would pull out of the program asserting that it was not achieving its intended results of reducing emissions Environment New Jersey and the Natural Resources Defense Council sued the Christie Administration for illegally withdrawing from the program in June 2012 and expect a hearing later this year New Jersey state leaders continue to be engaged in vigorous debate about rejoining the program Both houses of Legislature have twice passed legislation with overwhelming majority votes to restore the program in New Jersey Both times the legislation was vetoed by Governor Christie All 10 states were part of the original Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative a pioneering agreement to cap carbon pollution from power plants In February all of the nine RGGI states except for clearly New Jersey announced a new agreement to make deeper cuts in power plant carbon emissions that would lead to

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/new-jersey-sitting-bench-regional-plan-tackle-climate-altering-pollution (2016-05-01)
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  • A Double Success | Environment New Jersey
    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 Double Success Tackling Global Warming While Growing the Economy with an Improved Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Released by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Release date Tuesday March

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/double-success (2016-05-01)
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