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  • Stop Keystone | Environment New Jersey
    tar sands pipelines spill and it ain t pretty A 2011 tar sands pipeline blowout contaminated 38 miles of Michigan s Kalamazoo River the cleanup cost more than a billion dollars and isn t done yet Kalamazoo River Oil Spill Beyond our borders but still on our planet extracting the oil from the Canadian tar sands will further damage the great boreal forest that spans much of Northern Canada converting what was once pristine wildlife habitat into an apocalyptic landscape of mines roads and waste pits so large they can be seen from space Boreal Forest in Canada Only 35 permanent jobs All this is reason enough to oppose Keystone even if the project was a big job creator But it s not According to TransCanada the company that wants to build the pipeline the project will create 35 permanent jobs 35 In short the Keystone pipeline puts our climate our future our water and one of the world s great forests at risk for little reward to anyone except the companies that mine drill ship and refine the oil That s why the only right vote on Keystone is no The oil lobby and their allies in Congress have been pressuring President Obama to approve Keystone XL for six years Recently the president s press secretary said he ll veto the bill A key question is whether enough senators and representatives will vote to sustain a presidential veto You can help stop Keystone by taking action today Global Warming Updates News Release Environment New Jersey As Emissions in Northeast States Decline Economic Growth Outpaces Nation A new report by Environment New Jersey released today highlights the role that clean energy and environmental policies have played in moving states toward meeting targets for reducing global warming emissions while challenging claims that actions that reduce emissions undermine economic growth According to A Record of Leadership How Northeastern States are Cutting Global Warming Pollution and Building a Clean Economy New Jersey and the 9 other states that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI have cut per capita carbon dioxide emissions 20 percent faster than the rest of the nation even as the region s gross product per capita grew 87 percent faster than the rest of the United States 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

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/programs/nje/stop-keystone?page=9 (2016-05-01)
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  • New Jersey Sits on the Sidelines as Northeast States Plan Deeper Cuts in Power Plant Pollution | Environment New Jersey
    today by Northeast and Mid Atlantic state environmental and energy officials New Jersey however will miss out on the pollution cutting benefits of the program In 2011 Governor Christie pulled the state from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI refusing to cooperate with the 9 other member states that were working to strengthen and improve the program Today the remaining nine member states stretching from Maine to Maryland announced improvements to RGGI a regional cap on carbon emissions following a year long review of the program RGGI is the nation s first cap on carbon from power plants which took effect in 2009 We applaud these officials for leading the way in tackling the pollution that contributes to global warming said Matt Elliott of Environment New Jersey Strengthening RGGI is one of the best ways we can lower the emissions that cause global warming It s a shame that Governor Christie chose to play politics over protecting the environment and pulled us out of RGGI just a year before it was strengthened to deliver even deeper pollution cuts Our neighboring states are doing the right thing and reducing their global warming pollution New Jersey sadly is sitting on the sidelines and missing the environmental and economic benefits of this program The proposal announced today would cap emissions from power plants in the region at current annual emission levels 91 million tons The cap would take effect in 2014 and tighten requiring emission reductions of 2 5 percent per year There was broad support from a broad range of stakeholder for strengthening the program Last year a coalition of more than 300 environmental and public health organizations consumer advocates and clean energy and mainstream businesses sent a letter to the states governors The letter highlighted RGGI s success to date and

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/new-jersey-sits-sidelines-northeast-states-plan-deeper-cuts-power-plant-pollution (2016-05-01)
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  • Hurricane Sandy is the Worst Possible Wake-Up Call | Environment New Jersey
    their lives As New York Governor Andrew Cuomo put it after Hurricane Sandy Anyone who says there is not a change in weather patterns is denying reality The air over a warming planet holds more moisture Warming temperatures in our oceans lead to more powerful storms Melting polar ice caps disrupt normal weather patterns Rising sea levels mean that when storms hit our coasts flooding is more severe Deadlier more powerful more damaging storms like Hurricane Sandy are exactly what scientists have warned us will happen if we fail to reduce carbon pollution warnings that were outlined in our 2009 report An Unfamiliar State Local Impacts of Global Warming in New Jersey The majority of New Jerseyans and Americans have connected the dots Most of us understand that more extreme weather is becoming more common the planet is warming and pollution is behind much of it Most of us also believe we as Americans and New Jerseyans can do better We can reduce the pollution that s behind global warming We can rely more on energy efficiency solar power and wind power and less on oil gas and dirty coal Of course this is exactly why big oil and coal companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to block sensible energy policies in our country We can no longer allow Big Oil and King Coal to hold America s clean energy future hostage It s time for our leaders to heed Hurricane Sandy s awful wake up call and embrace clean energy clean air and a safer future As the cleanup and restoration of normality to the lives of millions of Americans and all of us in New Jersey continues and as we recover here in the Garden State as hundreds of our friends and neighbors mourn the loss

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/hurricane-sandy-worst-possible-wake-call (2016-05-01)
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  • Stop Keystone | Environment New Jersey
    1 073 rivers lakes and streams as well as one of the world s largest and most important aquifers the Ogallala the irrigation source of America s agricultural heartland We ve seen what happens when tar sands pipelines spill and it ain t pretty A 2011 tar sands pipeline blowout contaminated 38 miles of Michigan s Kalamazoo River the cleanup cost more than a billion dollars and isn t done yet Kalamazoo River Oil Spill Beyond our borders but still on our planet extracting the oil from the Canadian tar sands will further damage the great boreal forest that spans much of Northern Canada converting what was once pristine wildlife habitat into an apocalyptic landscape of mines roads and waste pits so large they can be seen from space Boreal Forest in Canada Only 35 permanent jobs All this is reason enough to oppose Keystone even if the project was a big job creator But it s not According to TransCanada the company that wants to build the pipeline the project will create 35 permanent jobs 35 In short the Keystone pipeline puts our climate our future our water and one of the world s great forests at risk for little reward to anyone except the companies that mine drill ship and refine the oil That s why the only right vote on Keystone is no The oil lobby and their allies in Congress have been pressuring President Obama to approve Keystone XL for six years Recently the president s press secretary said he ll veto the bill A key question is whether enough senators and representatives will vote to sustain a presidential veto You can help stop Keystone by taking action today Global Warming Updates Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative In 2005 New Jersey joined nine other Northeastern states in a landmark agreement to limit global warming pollution from the region s power plants This agreement known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI is designed to clean up pollution from power plants while fueling the transition to a clean energy economy New Jersey has benefited from RGGI through the investment of funds from the sale of pollution allowances in clean energy projects projects that are cutting pollution benefiting energy consumers and creating new economic opportunities Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Interview with Sen Bob Menendez This winter Environment New Jersey spoke with U S Senator Bob Menendez about New Jersey s environment and his priorities in the coming years Keep Reading Headline Former Govs Agree Chrisitie Wrong on RGGI Former Republican Gov Thomas Kean is such a believer in climate change that he is calling on informed citizens to confront those who don t believe in the science of it for the ignorant people that they are Speaking before a Rutgers University conference in New Brunswick Tuesday Kean criticized fellow Republican Gov Chris Christie saying it was a shame that he pulled New Jersey out of

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/programs/nje/stop-keystone?page=10 (2016-05-01)
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  • Final Green Light for Clean Cars | Environment New Jersey
    global warming The Obama administration s new clean car standards are a monumental leap forward in the must win battle to tackle global warming and get New Jersey off oil said Doug O Malley interim director for Environment New Jersey Future generations may well look back on today as a decisive step toward breaking our destructive oil addiction The analysis also projects that New Jerseyans will save 1 12 billion at the gas pump in 2030 because of the fuel efficiency improvements required by the new standards More than 282 000 Americans submitted comments in support of the standards as they were being developed and they enjoy the support of the major automakers consumer groups and the environmental community Many opinion leaders in New Jersey have spoken out in support of the standards over the year including over 20 New Jersey legislators local officials and business leaders during Environment New Jersey s 2012 Clean Cars Tour this summer across New Jersey from Bergen to Atlantic County The ACUA fully supports the new federal fuel economy standards Transportation is the largest single source of air pollution in our country responsible for 72 percent of the oil consumed by Americans said Rick Dovey President of the Atlantic County Utilities Authority By slashing this consumption we can save money increase our independence and most importantly improve quality of life by reducing air pollution Transportation is responsible for almost two thirds of our carbon emissions To tackle global warming we have to require more efficient cars and trucks on our roads Fuel economy standards are part of the solution and together with cleaner burning natural gas and electric cars we can make significant progress towards reducing air pollution Environment New Jersey pointed out that just as important as the standards themselves it the story

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/final-green-light-clean-cars (2016-05-01)
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  • Electric Vehicles are Ready to Roll in New Jersey | Environment New Jersey
    we can power our cars with clean energy Environment New Jersey was joined by Chuck Feinberg Chairman of the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition Tom Moloughney Electric Car owner and advocate Robert D Jackson Mayor of Montclair Jerry Fried former Mayor of Montclair and Gray Russell Montclair Environmental Affairs Coordinator in releasing today s report Transitioning individual and fleet vehicles off of petroleum and on to alternative domestic fuels is a critical step for all of us said Feinberg We need to do it not just for environmental reasons but also for our economic security and energy independence The alternatives are here now and more are coming Molougney added Transitioning to electric vehicles will accomplish many goals They will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and in doing so allow us to spend our energy dollars on domestically produced electricity which creates jobs and invests in our local economy All this while improving the quality of air we breath The regional grid that supplies our electricity is getting cleaner and greener while fossil fuel extraction is getting dirtier and more expensive said Russell Eventually every downtown business district shopping mall and movie theater parking lot will provide these charging points or they will lose out to those that do In Washington President Obama has proposed fuel efficiency standards that Environment New Jersey credits as being the most important step ever taken to build clean advanced technology cars that will get us off oil His administration has also made investments in critical technologies such as advanced batteries and high powered charging stations Here in New Jersey the Clean Cars program has helped ensure that New Jersey drivers continue to have a choice between vehicles powered by oil and advanced high tech vehicles powered by clean energy said O Malley This year New Jersey will have an opportunity to continue to build on this critical program through federal clean car rules that will help us build over 1 4 million electric vehicles by 2025 The Environment New Jersey report shows the impressive technological breakthroughs that have helped move plug in vehicles into the fast lane from advanced batteries that have dropped in price by over 80 percent to super fast charging stations that have reduced charge times by over 90 percent To make plug in vehicles a choice for more consumers Environment New Jersey s report calls for more work to be done to build the infrastructure of the charging stations that can service these vehicles as well as more investment in the technologies that will drive down prices Currently New Jersey ranks 18th in the country in total number of vehicle charging stations Environment New Jersey also called on state and federal leaders to help plug in vehicles achieve the greatest possible pollution reductions by adopting policies that will ensure we get more of our electricity from clean renewable energy sources like wind and solar power Several policy proposals are being debated in the New Jersey Legislature regarding these electric vehicles

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/electric-vehicles-are-ready-roll-new-jersey (2016-05-01)
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  • Extreme Weather | Environment New Jersey
    Environment New Jersey urged the Obama administration to enact standards for cars and trucks that will ensure the average new car can travel 60 miles on a gallon of gas by 2025 Using American ingenuity to make our cars and trucks go farther on a gallon of gas is one of the easiest ways to cut global warming pollution and thus decrease the threat of severe weather all while saving New Jerseyans money at the pump and slashing our oil use said Larsen Environment New Jersey was joined by Jim Miller of the Institute of Marine and Coastal Science at Rutgers University Paul Falkowski also of the Institute of Marine and Coastal Science at Rutgers Assemblyman John F McKeon Chairman of the Assembly Environment Committee Benjamin Horton from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science at the University of Pennsylvania and David Robinson from the Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist at Rutgers University The record temperatures that we experienced in New Jersey this summer has given us a glimpse of what we can expect in the future said Dr Jim Miller of Rutgers University I urge the Obama administration to set the bar high for the next generation of vehicles in the United States The EPA is currently writing the regulations for the next phase of federal clean car standards that could reduce global warming pollution from vehicles by 108 million metric tons annually and save consumers 31 8 billion annually at the pump Assembly Environment Chairman John F McKeon said New Jersey has been a leader in enacting clean car legislation and tackling greenhouse gas emissions and I look forward to similar legislation and standards at the federal level Among other extreme weather events the report highlighted how one of the nor easters last March dropped over 6 inches of rain in some areas of New Jersey causing the Raritan River to rise over 9 feet above flood level and forcing the evacuation of more than 400 residents Before utility and emergency personnel could respond fully another storm dumped several more inches of rain a few days later In Perth Amboy high tides washed away several homes and extra police officers had to be deployed to deter looters Global sea level rise is one of the more certain impacts of human induced global warming although future projections of magnitude show marked variations Given the large and growing concentration of population and economic activity in the coastal zone of New Jersey as well as the importance of its coastal ecosystems the potential impacts of sea level rise elicit widespread concern said Dr Benjamin Horton of the University of Pennsylvania In addition the extreme heat and drought this past July and August has hurt our agricultural production Fruit crops like the peaches and blueberries for which New Jersey is known are ripening weeks ahead of schedule due to the heat and drought Crops like corn and hay will see yield declines of around 20 Larsen noted that while no

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  • America on the Move | Environment New Jersey
    of action to combat global warming all eyes are on the United States As the world s largest economy the second largest emitter of global warming pollution and the nation responsible for more of the human caused carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere than any other the success of the Copenhagen negotiations and the future of the planet depend on American leadership The United States has gained a reputation exacerbated during the presidency of George W Bush of obstructionism in the fight against global warming But over the last decade America s state governments where the bulk of on the ground energy policy decision making is made in America s federal system of government have taken the nation on a different course one of innovative and increasingly aggressive action to reduce global warming pollution The impact of state level actions to reduce global warming pollution is significant on a global scale A review of dozens of individual state policies federal policies based on state models and new federal policies in which states will have key roles in implementation suggests that state actions will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 536 million metric tons per year by 2020 That is more

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