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  • Media | Environment New Jersey
    Headline Westfield rally protests Gov Christie s stand on Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative RGGI The Cranford Chronicle covered our rally in February outside Sen Kean Jr s office in Westfield NJ Local citizens women s groups environmentalists and public health advocates gathered together to urge the representatives of District 21 to vote in support of RGGI Read more about Westfield rally protests Gov Christie s stand on Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative RGGI Headline Asbury Park Press to Gov Be Consistent on Air Quality The Asbury Park Press has criticized Governor Christie for hoping to pull New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative The paper argued that the governor s position on RGGI makes no sense and they urged him to stay in the program and work with neighboring states to make it stronger We couldn t agree more Read more about Asbury Park Press to Gov Be Consistent on Air Quality 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 the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Read more about Former Govs Agree Chrisitie Wrong on RGGI Headline Environmental groups urge Christie to ban natural gas exploration by fracking in New Jersey Twenty four environmental organizations submitted a letter to Gov Chris Christie on Monday asking him to sign legislation prohibiting the use of hydraulic fracturing for the purpose of natural gas exploration or production in New Jersey Read more about Environmental groups urge

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  • Clearing the Air | Environment New Jersey
    to rest once and for all arguments that we should leave the program out of economic concerns Just the opposite is true The group studied the program after 3 years in operation looking solely at the economic impacts environmental public health and other benefits were not factored it The study concluded RGGI has added 151 million in value to New Jersey s economy RGGI has supported 1 772 local jobs in New Jersey RGGI saves consumers money Contrary to assertions that RGGI will increase utility bills the same analysis found that RGGI reduced the average utility bill for all ratepayers in New Jersey and across the region Because RGGI funds are invested in state level clean energy and energy efficiency programs the program delivered real utility bill savings for every electric customer in the state over the 3 year study period including residential commercial and industrial customers These savings will grow if the program continues to operate in a similar manner OVER Residential customers have realized a 25 savings in electric costs Commercial customers have realized 181 in savings Industrial customers have realized 2 493 in savings RGGI benefits the environment RGGI represents New Jersey s only tool to directly control CO2 emissions from power plants Without this tool polluters would be allowed to pollute without any economic repercussions that reflect the significant environmental and public health impacts of CO2 As a double bang for the buck RGGI brings revenue to New Jersey that can then be spent on additional pollution saving programs As a result of this new revenue stream RGGI has helped 12 major New Jersey businesses and institutions install state of the art clean energy projects including solar arrays and new energy saving efficient equipment RGGI funded clean energy projects now produce enough clean energy to offset

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  • Sign on letter to Gov. Christie in support of RGGI | Environment New Jersey
    why there is bipartisan support for the program in all 10 participating states In New Jersey alone the program has delivered real benefits to the environment and the economy Companies that receive RGGI funds have been able to make energy efficiency improvements or build on site clean energy projects These projects help companies save energy and money and also support local jobs putting people to work retrofitting buildings or installing solar arrays and other projects Just the first 12 RGGI funded projects in New Jersey helped in state businesses generate over 167 000 megawatt hours of clean energy per year equal to the amount of energy consumed by 19 600 households per year and reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 84 000 metric tons Nautilus Solar WPU LLC received a grant from the NJ Economic Development Authority to install one of the largest solar energy facilities at a university in the U S Based at William Paterson University the array will save the university 4 3 million over the next 15 years Another company Mejor Betty LLC received a loan to purchase solar panels for its 400 000 sq ft commercial building in Elizabeth The project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 11 671 metric tons over its lifetime With RGGI s help projects like these have helped New Jersey companies cut energy costs while reducing their carbon footprint In addition to its direct economic benefits RGGI has also helped lead to hundreds of clean energy businesses both large and small starting up expanding or moving to New Jersey These companies employ thousands of New Jersey citizens in the growing clean energy market This has helped position New Jersey as a hub in the emerging national clean energy economy which will continue to bring more investment and jobs to the state As business owners and managers environmentalists civic and faith based leaders we believe RGGI is a crucial policy enabling New Jersey to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while spurring a clean energy economy Governor Christie we urge you to stand with us in support of this beneficial program work in cooperation with other RGGI stakeholders to make the program as successful as possible and ensure that New Jersey continues to lead the way toward a clean energy future RGGI Letter signatories Julie Fred Akers Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association Marcia Aronoff Sr VP for Programs Environmental Defense Fund EDF Sandy Batty Executive Director Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions ANJEC Brian Bovio Chapter Co Chair Efficiency First NJ 2 Lucy Vandenberg Executive Director PlanSmartNJ Barbara Brummer State Director The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey Rosemary Dreger Carey Chair Pascack Sustainability Group Tracy Carluccio Deputy Director The Delaware Riverkeeper Network William deCamp Jr President Save Barnegat Bay Pastor Matthew Cimorelli Reformation Lutheran Church Tim Dillingham Executive Director American Littoral Society Cindy Ehrenclou Executive Director Upper Raritan Watershed Association Matt Elliott Clean Energy Advocate Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Rev Fletcher Harper Executive Director GreenFaith Rob Freudenberg New Jersey Director

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  • Testimony in Defense of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative | Environment New Jersey
    Hampshire more than anywhere else in the country These heavy storms increase the risk of flooding and infrastructure damage all across the state If we do not alter course average temperatures in New Hampshire could increase by as much as 10 F by the end of the century and impacts will become more severe For example Heat waves will become much more common increasing the risk of heat related illness and damaging our agriculture The number of days above 90 degrees could more than double by 2050 with parts of the state experiencing more than a dozen such days in a typical year Increased heat will shorten the ski season and damage the fall foliage season reducing tourism income in the state Scientists anticipate that if we do not alter course sea levels could rise by as much as 6 feet by 2100 Sea level rise on that scale would make Sandy scale coastal flooding an annual or bi annual event dramatically reshape the Eastern Seaboard and displace hundreds of thousands of people from their communities How bad the problem gets depends on how quickly and how deeply humanity can reduce emissions of global warming pollution Major Reductions in Global Warming Pollution Are Urgently Necessary Science is clear about what we need to do to avoid the worst consequences of global warming stabilize worldwide emissions of the pollutants that cause global warming by the end of the decade and reduce them by more than half by mid century For the United States and other developed countries emission reductions must occur more quickly and more steeply with reductions of 25 to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 to 95 percent by 2050 New Hampshire Helped to Create the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative A Groundbreaking Program Designed to Clean Up Power Plants New Hampshire s leaders recognized that cleaning up power plants would be an important part of meeting its climate targets That s why the state helped to create the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI The state worked with nine other northeast states from Maryland to Maine across geographic and partisan divides to craft this groundbreaking program and accelerate the shift to clean energy The program originated in 2003 when New York Governor George Pataki a Republican circulated a letter to the governors of 10 other northeastern states calling for the creation of a regional agreement to reduce global warming pollution from their states New Hampshire joined eight other states Connecticut Delaware Maine Massachusetts New Jersey New York Rhode Island and Vermont to develop a cap and trade program for power plants By joining together northeastern governors knew that their states could achieve greater results in the drive toward clean energy and do so at lower cost than they ever could ever achieve separately In addition to ensuring that power plant carbon emissions decline over time RGGI generates revenue that states can use to benefit citizens RGGI Is a Proven Success RGGI has significantly helped reduce carbon pollution

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  • Resources | Environment New Jersey
    the Air In recent months there has been a slew of misinformation about the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative s RGGI economic and environmental costs and benefits With this document we cut through the spin and and present the true facts about this important program Keep Reading about Clearing the Air Resource Sign on letter to Gov Christie in support of RGGI Keep Reading about Sign on letter to Gov Christie

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  • Make a difference for the environment | Environment New Jersey
    to analyze environmental problems advocate for smart solutions and build public support And they work one on one with one of our advocates or organizers providing a unique mentored experience Environment New Jersey is hiring for internships available for spring and summer 2015 Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis Locations Trenton New Brunswick on campus or in your community If you want to spend the semester learning how to make a real impact on the decisions that affect the energy we use the air we breathe the water we drink and the places we love apply for an internship with Environment New Jersey So what do interns with Environment New Jersey do Make a real impact on critical environmental issues Responsibilities vary but you ll do some mix of Researching critical environmental problems and preparing reports to release to the public Coordinating and attending media events like news conferences Writing and publishing letters to the editor and working on news releases Attending lobby meetings with lawmakers and other decision makers Working with coalition partners like public health groups and other environmental groups Tracking legislation or regulations on the federal or state levels Generating public support for our campaigns such as by collecting petitions or using social media And you ll attend briefings and trainings to learn more about environmental issues and gain advocacy and organizing skills Our internships are unpaid and we cannot provide housing or travel assistance We will work with you to secure academic credit from your college or university if that is an option Qualifications We are looking for current college students who care about our environment and are driven to preserve it for the future We look for strong leadership skills academic excellence problem solving ability top notch written and verbal skills eagerness to learn

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  • Go Solar, New Jersey | Environment New Jersey
    a ton of sense for America That s why people from all walks of life are getting behind solar from environmentalists to Tea Party activists from solar entrepreneurs to Barry Goldwater Jr son of the former Republican nominee for president Our challenge is to not only fend off the attacks being led by the dirty energy lobby but to keep the surge in solar power going strong How do we do it Our research shows the cities and states with the most solar power aren t necessarily the ones with the most sunshine they also include states with smart pro solar policies For example Arizona Hawaii and California made the list of the top 10 states for solar in our 2014 report But so did Massachusetts New Jersey Colorado and Delaware all thanks to smart policies The top 10 solar states with only 26 of the nation s population were responsible for 87 of the nation s solar power Our report found all or nearly all of the states shared a set of smart policies in common from strong clean energy standards to policies that let solar homeowners sell their extra power back to the utilities 20 percent solar by 2025 We need more and better pro solar policies not fewer That s why we re urging Gov Chris Christie to make commitments that will help put New Jersey on the road to 100 clean energy with 20 percent solar by 2025 Achieving this state goal would help move our country closer to the national goal of getting 10 percent solar by 2030 This would produce immediate and long lasting benefits for our environment including removing 280 million metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere by 2030 the equivalent of taking 59 million cars off the road Let s go big on solar We think a combination of professional research and advocacy with community action can help New Jersey go big on solar Why Our national federation has done it before Environment California spearheaded the campaign for that state s Million Solar Roofs Initiative In Massachusetts we helped convince the state to set a goal of enough solar to power 50 000 homes and then persuaded the state to raise the goal when it hit the original milestone ahead of schedule We ve also won pro solar policies in Colorado New Mexico Minnesota Arizona New Jersey and North Carolina But we have a long way to go to reach solar power s true potential It s time to go big on solar If we take the right steps today we can harness more power from the sun so we can finally leave dirty energy behind The sky really is the limit Issue updates 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

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  • Go Solar, New Jersey | Environment New Jersey
    up with the American Legislative Exchange Council to dismantle state pro solar laws in Kansas North Carolina and Washington State amid others Oklahoma Arizona and Ohio already have moved to scale back their solar programs Keep the solar surge going strong Solar power might disrupt the business plans of dirty energy companies but it makes a ton of sense for America That s why people from all walks of life are getting behind solar from environmentalists to Tea Party activists from solar entrepreneurs to Barry Goldwater Jr son of the former Republican nominee for president Our challenge is to not only fend off the attacks being led by the dirty energy lobby but to keep the surge in solar power going strong How do we do it Our research shows the cities and states with the most solar power aren t necessarily the ones with the most sunshine they also include states with smart pro solar policies For example Arizona Hawaii and California made the list of the top 10 states for solar in our 2014 report But so did Massachusetts New Jersey Colorado and Delaware all thanks to smart policies The top 10 solar states with only 26 of the nation s population were responsible for 87 of the nation s solar power Our report found all or nearly all of the states shared a set of smart policies in common from strong clean energy standards to policies that let solar homeowners sell their extra power back to the utilities 20 percent solar by 2025 We need more and better pro solar policies not fewer That s why we re urging Gov Chris Christie to make commitments that will help put New Jersey on the road to 100 clean energy with 20 percent solar by 2025 Achieving this state goal would help move our country closer to the national goal of getting 10 percent solar by 2030 This would produce immediate and long lasting benefits for our environment including removing 280 million metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere by 2030 the equivalent of taking 59 million cars off the road Let s go big on solar We think a combination of professional research and advocacy with community action can help New Jersey go big on solar Why Our national federation has done it before Environment California spearheaded the campaign for that state s Million Solar Roofs Initiative In Massachusetts we helped convince the state to set a goal of enough solar to power 50 000 homes and then persuaded the state to raise the goal when it hit the original milestone ahead of schedule We ve also won pro solar policies in Colorado New Mexico Minnesota Arizona New Jersey and North Carolina But we have a long way to go to reach solar power s true potential It s time to go big on solar If we take the right steps today we can harness more power from the sun so we can finally leave dirty energy behind

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