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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey
    considered ambitious are now seen as readily achievable according to a new report by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Read more about Report 20 Percent Solar in Reach for New Jersey News Release Environment New Jersey Environment New Jersey Announces Endorsement of Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard in Tight South Jersey Congressional Race Trenton Environment New Jersey a statewide citizen based environmental organization representing more than 20 000 members announced today the endorsement of Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard over Tom MacArthur in the 3rd Congressional District stretching from the Delaware to the Shore in South Jersey Read more about Environment New Jersey Announces Endorsement of Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard in Tight South Jersey Congressional Race News Release Environment New Jersey Environment New Jersey Announces Slate of Federal Endorsements for Fall 2014 Elections Trenton Environment New Jersey a statewide citizen based environmental organization representing more than 20 000 members announced today the endorsement of three candidates for federal office for this fall s elections The candidates include Sen Cory Booker running for the U S Senate Rep Frank Pallone D 6 and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman in the 12th Congressional District Read more about Environment New Jersey Announces Slate of Federal Endorsements for Fall 2014 Elections News Release Environment New Jersey NJ Senate Votes to Override Gov Christie on RGGI Rules The New Jersey Senate voted today to override the Christie Administration on global warming moving one step closer to stopping Gov Christie s attempts to remove New Jersey from the rules governing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI a popular program designed to clean up pollution from fossil fuel power plants Read more about NJ Senate Votes to Override Gov Christie on RGGI Rules News Release Environment New Jersey New Jersey Solar Businesses Ready to Roll with

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/rss.xml?page=8 (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey
    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 Releases News Release One Year Later What s Changed BP Anniversary Finds Oil in the Gulf Oil Companies Still Profiting Congress Pushing Drillin Read more about One Year Later What s Changed BP Anniversary Finds Oil in the Gulf Oil Companies Still Profiting Congress Pushing Drillin News Release Brass Tacks on Federal Budget Sens Lautenberg and Menendez Draw Line in the Sand on Environmental Attacks Public Health Rollbacks Read more about Brass Tacks on Federal Budget Sens Lautenberg and Menendez Draw Line in the Sand on Environmental Attacks Public Health Rollbacks News Release Statement on Amtrak s Gateway Tunnel by Tri State Transportation Campaign Environment New Jersey and NJ Sierra Club Read more about Statement on Amtrak s Gateway Tunnel by Tri State Transportation Campaign Environment New Jersey and NJ Sierra Club News Release Extreme Weather Read more about Extreme Weather News Release Déjà Vu All Over Again Another Gulf Rig Explosion Read more about Déjà Vu All Over Again Another Gulf Rig Explosion Pages first previous

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/rss.xml?page=23 (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey
    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 Big Oil Beware the Ides of March Obama Administration Drops Atlantic Coast Drilling Plan That Endangered Jersey Shore Atlantic

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/rss.xml/rss.xml (2016-05-01)
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  • Blog | Environment New Jersey
    the creepy things that go bump in the night but what s really fightening are the many very real threats to our waterways and drinking water Nothing is more important to life than clean water yet few things are taken more for granted We turn on our taps or swim in a local lake without fear because we believe the systems are working to keep our water clean The fact is those systems don t always work and in many cases are failing to keep water safe Read more about Nothing to fear from clean water Paris Climate Talks The Who What Where and Why Friday October 23 2015 By Katie Hammer Digital Campaigner Global Warming Solutions Campaign On November 30th leaders from around the world will sit down and make an international agreement on how each country will work together to cut global warming pollution Read more about Paris Climate Talks The Who What Where and Why Paddling against the wind Wednesday August 12 2015 By Russell Bassett Clean Water Digital Campaigner For Margo Pellegrino who recently completed a 1 700 mile journey from New York to Chicago in an outrigger canoe advocating for clean water can be like paddling against the wind on a windy day Now that she s back home in Medford Lakes N J she s not slowed down any in her quest to protect our waterways and ensure clean water for all Americans Read more about Paddling against the wind Inspiring for clean water one paddle at a time Monday June 15 2015 By Russell Bassett Clean Water Digital Campaigner Margo Pellegrino a solo paddler currently in the midst of an epic journey in her outrigger canoe is inspiration personified Pellegrino is a paddler with a purpose She s raising awareness of watershed issues

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/blog?page=1 (2016-05-01)
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  • Westfield rally protests Gov. Christie's stand on Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative, RGGI | Environment New Jersey
    the air Not only has it helped clean up the air it s needed to help increase the demand for clean energy and to create green jobs in the state he said Nelson Dittman chairman of the Cranford Environmental Commission said I think the governor is pro developer and anti environment He makes decisions that help the developers and hurt the environment Matt Polsky of Fairleigh Dickinson University s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise and a Cranford resident said while he was standing and waiting for the rally to begin he saw two vans pass by one with Aramark on its side the other with UPS Both of those companies are trying to do business in new ways to protect the environment he said and What RGGI does is help companies be more environmentally responsible That s why we need RGGI back Mary Reilly chairman of the Cranford Green Committee told the crowd Taking money out of RGGI for financial issues is like taking money out of your child s health care to pay credit card bills It doesn t solve the problem but it leaves your child s health in peril Furthermore when your child does get sick it s going to cost a lot more to pay for his or her care Kerry Margaret Butch executive director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey said Greenhouse gas reduction cannot be achieved in isolation Air pollution doesn t respect geographic boundaries The league supports keeping the state in RGGI Many people spoke but the person whom no one expected to speak was Assemblyman Bramnick who happened by the site of the rally while on his way to pick up his lunch after attending the town hall meeting with the governor Someone spotted him walking down North Street and

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/media/nje/westfield-rally-protests-gov-christies-stand-regional-greenhouse-gas-initiative-rggi (2016-05-01)
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  • Asbury Park Press to Gov: Be Consistent on Air Quality | Environment New Jersey
    go a long way in that regard by recommitting the state to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative A spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection said the Christie administration thinks the new federal rule announced last week that sets a nationwide standard for mercury and other airborne toxins is a good one Yet Christie had no qualms about pulling New Jersey out of a multistate initiative designed to reduce carbon emissions Praising the mercury rule as good for New Jersey while refusing to commit the state to a program aimed at reducing air pollution makes no sense The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the new standards will help prevent up to 11 000 premature deaths 4 700 heart attacks and 130 000 asthma attacks every year New Jersey which already has some of the toughest mercury standards in the nation stands to gain from this rule as well Our state has paid a price because of geography being downwind of coal and oil fired power plants that emit thousands of pounds of mercury and more than 80 other poisons including arsenic nickel selenium and cyanide On the other hand just a few months ago Christie pulled New Jersey out of the RGGI a pact between 10 Northeast states to work together by 2018 to reduce carbon emissions that pollute the atmosphere by 10 percent RGGI is a cap and trade system meaning power companies have to pay at auctions for allowance credits for every ton of carbon dioxide emissions they pump into the air from coal and natural gas fired electricity plants Christie contended that because of the decreased electricity demand of recent years the RGGI model has been rendered ineffective in motivating energy companies to close or clean up dirty plants because the auction price on the emission allowances

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/media/nje/asbury-park-press-gov-be-consistent-air-quality (2016-05-01)
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  • Former Govs Agree: Chrisitie Wrong on RGGI | Environment New Jersey
    agricultural sector is about 1 billion not counting related industries such as food processing said Robin Leichenko of the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative But it accounts for 16 percent of the state s land use and some of the country s highest per acre farm productivity she said Cranberries are among the most valuable crops but many varieties are highly susceptible to rising temperatures Apples may be replaced by peaches and other southern crops she said New Jersey s tourism industry as well as its ports and transportation will also be severely affected by climate change this century The state s 35 5 billion tourism industry said Leichenko will be particularly hard hit by continual storms such as the ones that did so much damage earlier this year Shore areas such as Atlantic City and Long Beach Island are especially vulnerable to floods and rising sea levels That s a problem for Atlantic City where we ve seen a little over a foot of sea level rise in the last 100 years said Anthony Broccoli a director of the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative Atlantic City accounts for one third of the state s tourist industry with the rest of the Shore supplying another 28 percent Leichenko said Rutgers Economist Joseph Seneca pointed to a photo of Long Beach Island taken by Rutgers colleague Norbert Psuty which he said should serve as a wake up call It shows how far east Beach Haven remains while natural tidal action has pushed unprotected parkland to the west But manmade protections for the town also have left the beach narrower and steeper he said The island is vulnerable to being severed by a storm and areas without jetties and other manmade protections would eventually be washed away Seneca said Many inland communities such as Paterson and Manville are also susceptible to floods creating huge issues for homeowners and municipalities More heat means more energy in the system One effect is average higher tides as warmer water expands growing even higher as glaciers and ice packs melt Another is more storms at some latitudes as surface water evaporates faster and the warmer air holds more water vapor Stronger heavier storms with higher winds are one outcome Short term projections for the New York metropolitan area show a belt of central New Jersey counties Mercer Middlesex and Monmouth facing large increases in smog from higher levels of ozone The health effects of global warming are still being studied For example the debilitating effects of urban heat islands and extended allergy seasons could be felt across society according to Columbia environmental sciences professor Kim Knowlton With the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere continuing to increase New Jerseyans can expect a month of 100 degree days later in this century Melton said For the New York North Jersey metro area heat related deaths are projected to rise 70 percent by the 2050s she said The real solution to the problem most agreed

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/media/nje/former-govs-agree-chrisitie-wrong-rggi (2016-05-01)
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  • Environmental groups urge Christie to ban natural gas exploration by ‘fracking’ in New Jersey | Environment New Jersey
    Christie for consideration Natural gas drilling is proceeding in Pennsylvania in the Marcellus Shale a deep geologic formation that underlies much of Pennsylvania and a portion of New York including areas located within the Delaware River Basin Utica Shale now also being explored by energy companies is located beneath the Marcellus and can be found in northwestern New Jersey While no drilling in underway environmentalists fear it could begin in the Utica Shale in the future Drillers must use hydraulic fracturing or fracking to force the gas out of the tight shale formations Fracking can cause water and air pollution and water depletion due to the million of gallons of water required to frack It also can lead to the degradation of streams landscapes and habitat due to large scale of natural gas development In Pennsylvania PADEP s oil and gas program reported more than 11 violations of environmental permits per day by drillers so far in 2011 up from about 6 per day in 2010 Kevin Roberts Christie s assistant press secretary said the legislation is under review Like all pieces of pending legislation it is receiving the careful review of our counsel s office prior to the governor making a decision and taking action on the legislation Roberts said The New Jersey Legislature is standing up for clean water pro actively by banning fracking in the state before it starts Maya van Rossum the Delaware Riverkeeper said Now it is up to Governor Christie to make this smart preventive measure into law The more New Jersey residents know about fracking the more they re against it Doug O Malley Environment New Jersey field director said The governor can send a clear message that he supports the state s drinking water by signing this legislation as is Fracking is

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/media/nje/environmental-groups-urge-christie-ban-natural-gas-exploration-%E2%80%98fracking%E2%80%99-new-jersey (2016-05-01)
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