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  • Advocates Call for Halt of Pinelands Nominations To Protect the Integrity of Commissions | Environment New Jersey
    the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan states Carleton Montgomery executive director of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance It is up to the members of the Judiciary Committee to stop this assault on the Pinelands and good government We need the Judiciary Committee to reject or block these appointments to the Pinelands Commission The Governor is deliberately trying to stack the Commission with political cronies This threatens the integrity and independence of the Pinelands Commission not just now but in the future In the 40 years since the passage of the Pinelands Act this is really putting the Commission and the role the Commission plays in protecting the region in jeopardy with overt politicization and this could lead to dismantling and rollbacks of those protections said Jeff Tittel Director of the NJ Sierra Club The governor made the nominations shortly after the Pinelands Commission voted down the original pipeline deal and South Jersey Gas made clear it intended to get the pipeline built despite the Commission s January 2014 no vote One of the two Commissioners the governor seeks to replace Ms Rohan Green was put on the Commission by the governor himself just two years earlier and was a long time and active supporter of the governor Replacing people for obeying the law and voting their conscience sets a horrible precedent and puts the whole region at risk This is about much more than the Pinelands and any one project The Judiciary Committee needs to put a check on Governor Christie his inappropriate interference and bullying Send the message that Governors and legislators need to respect the integrity of independent commissions for doing their job said David Pringle New Jersey Campaign Director for Clean Water Action Given the circumstances it is clear the governor seeks to punish and remove people who served the public with integrity because they voted to enforce the clear protections of the Pinelands rules protections they are bound to implement faithfully and consistently states David Moore board chair of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance Replacing such public servants at the behest of two private corporations with development plans that violate the Pinelands laws is not good government It is a direct attack on the Pinelands protections The pipeline is proposed to bring natural gas to the BL England power plant on the shore of Great Egg Harbor in Upper Township Cape May County The power plant is owned by Rockland Capital Energy Investments LLC a Texas based energy investment fund The deal presented to the Pinelands Commission would have had the Commission and the Board of Public Utilities sign a memorandum of agreement authorizing South Jersey Gas to build the pipeline through the Pinelands Forest Area in violation of Pinelands regulations Even though the pipeline would supply gas only to the power plant and only benefit Rockland Capital the BPU is letting South Jersey Gas charge its customers for 60 of the cost of building the pipeline on the premise that the pipeline could also be used to supply

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/advocates-call-halt-pinelands-nominations-protect-integrity-commissions (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment New Jersey
    professional staff to stand up for the places we love and the environmental values we share Take action to protect New Jersey s environment Global Warming Solutions No Bees No Food Go Solar New Jersey Updates We Pressured the Obama Administration To Drop Atlantic Coast Drilling Plan Working together with activists elected leaders small businesses and allies we successfully beat back a plan from the Obama Administration to drill off the Atlantic Coast for oil and gas this March The drilling plan would have allowed drilling 90 miles from Cape May endangered the Jersey Shore and tarnished the President s climate legacy Read more PREV NEXT News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Gov Christie Trying to Double Down on Climate Inaction The Christie Administration has announced its intention to once again try to stop New Jersey from participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI that limits dangerous climate changing pollution from power plants despite the New Jersey Legislature twice voting to keep them in place a recent court ruling finding its previous attempt was illegal and overwhelming bipartisan support for pollution limits from New Jersey residents Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey NJ Court Gov Christie Illegally Removed NJ from Climate Change Pollution Rules A New Jersey court ruled this morning that the Christie Administration broke the law when it excused power plants from complying with regulations limiting dangerous climate changing pollution The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court ruled in favor of Environment New Jersey and the Natural Resources Defense Council in a lawsuit the organizations brought against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in 2012 based on the state s removal from from the regulations that implemented the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey With

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/home?page=16 (2016-05-01)
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  • A Program that Works | Environment New Jersey
    that Works How the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Is Helping the Northeast Shift to Clean Energy and Reduce Pollution from Fossil Fuel Released by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Release date Sunday October 9 2011 Download Report PDF The Northeast faces two fundamental and intertwined challenges fossil fuel dependence and pollution from fossil fuels Our dependence on coal oil and gas imposes economic costs pollutes our air and water

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/program-works (2016-05-01)
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  • Danger in the Air | Environment New Jersey
    these days of unhealthy air The major data and findings of our report are broken down into the following categories National rankings of the smoggiest metropolitan areas across the country in 2010 The top five smoggiest metropolitan areas in the country in 2010 were in California Riverside San Bernardino CA ranked as the smoggiest metropolitan area in the country with 110 smog days meaning that the area home to more than 3 million residents had unhealthy air on one out of three days in 2010 Baltimore MD Washington DC MD VA WV Philadelphia PA NJ Houston TX and Atlanta GA made up the rest of the top ten smoggiest metropolitan areas list for 2010 Rankings of smoggiest cities across the country by population size Of large metropolitan areas or those with populations over 1 million people Riverside San Bernardino California suffered the worst smog pollution in 2010 by far with 41 more days than the area in second place Los Angeles Long Beach CA The top five continue with Baltimore MD Washington DC VA MD WV and Philadelphia PA NJ Two metropolitan areas in each of the following states were among the top 20 smoggiest large areas for 2010 New Jersey New York North Carolina Ohio Pennsylvania and Texas Among mid sized metropolitan areas or those with populations between 250 000 and 1 million people areas in California again topped the list for worst smog pollution followed by areas in Tennessee Delaware New Jersey Louisiana Alabama and Ohio The top twenty smoggiest mid sized metropolitan areas include three areas in both Ohio and Pennsylvania and two areas each in Louisiana Texas and Connecticut San Luis Obispo Atascadero Paso Robles California was the smoggiest small metropolitan area population less than 250 000 in 2010 Three places in Wisconsin were among the top 10 smoggiest small metropolitan areas State by state rankings of smog in 2010 Across the state of California there were 135 days in 2010 or more than a third of the year when at least part of the state experienced smog levels exceeding the health standard California Texas Utah Maryland Pennsylvania New Jersey Ohio and New York each had at least 30 days in 2010 when part of the state experienced smog levels exceeding the health standard as many as a month s worth of days when breathing the air could put people s health at risk Seventeen states experienced at least one red alert day for unhealthy air indicating pollution levels high enough in a particular area so that anyone could start experiencing adverse health effects Nine states did not record any days in 2010 on which levels of smog pollution exceeded the standard Alaska Hawaii Idaho Montana Nebraska North Dakota South Dakota Vermont and Wyoming National rankings of the smoggiest metropolitan areas across the country in 2011 through August 21 The areas of Los Angeles Long Beach Riverside CA Atlanta Sandy Springs Gainesville GA AL Fresno Madera CA Washington Baltimore Northern Virginia DC MD VA WV and

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/danger-air (2016-05-01)
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  • In the Path of the Storm | Environment New Jersey
    declared weather related disasters since 2006 More Americans were affected by weather related disasters during 2011 than in any year since 2004 The number of disasters inflicting more than 1 billion in damage at least 14 set an all time record with total damages from those disasters of at least 55 billion Record breaking extreme weather events were responsible for many of 2011 s worst weather related disasters Texas experienced the hottest summer June through August ever recorded in any U S state smashing the previous record set by Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl summer of 1934 by an astonishing 1 6 degrees The high temperatures combined with Texas driest 12 month period on record triggered an exceptional drought that ruined crops and led to the state s worst wildfire season in history Wildfires claimed the lives of 10 people in Texas while more than 20 people in Texas and Oklahoma perished from extreme heat Parts of the upper Plains experienced their wettest spring on record contributing to massive flooding along the Missouri River The Missouri basin topped its all time record for monthly runoff while the nearby Souris River overwhelmed defenses that had been designed to withstand a 100 year flood inundating much of Minot North Dakota and forcing cancellation of the North Dakota State Fair At least five people died in flooding in the upper Plains Much of the Ohio River Valley experienced its wettest spring on record causing the Mississippi River to approach a 74 year high at Memphis inflicting more than 6 billion in damage and resulting in at least seven deaths New Jersey experienced its wettest month in its history August 2011 punctuated by heavy rains from Hurricane Irene that sent rivers to historic highs and damaged more than 2 000 homes Chicago experienced its third biggest snowfall in history while much of the Northeast experienced its heaviest October snowfall in at least two centuries Some types of extreme weather events have become more common in recent years in the United States and worldwide while science projects that global warming will likely fuel further changes in extreme weather in the years ahead The United States has experienced an increase in heavy precipitation events with the rainiest 1 percent of all storms delivering 20 percent more rain on average at the end of the 20th century than at the beginning The trend toward extreme precipitation is projected to continue even though higher temperatures and drier summers will likely also increase the risk of drought in between the rainy periods and for certain parts of thecountry The United States has experienced an increase in the number of heat waves over the last half century Scientists project that heat waves and unusually hot seasons will likely become more common in a warming world Hurricanes are expected to become more intense and bring greater amounts of rainfall even though the number of hurricanes may remain the same or decrease Global warming may also increase the danger posed by extreme

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/path-storm (2016-05-01)
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  • New Report: RGGI Benefits NJ’s Economy and Environment | Environment New Jersey
    economy and would mean more harmful pollution for our state According to the report RGGI is helping grow the state s economy fueling the transition to a cleaner energy future while supporting nearly 1 800 job years of employment By staying in RGGI and working with participating states to strengthen the program New Jersey would realize hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenue to invest in clean energy programs Polluters payments could support the installation of up to 730 megawatts of clean in state generation or enough to replace one of New Jersey s coal fired power plants As currently designed the program will generate 171 million for clean energy projects in New Jersey between 2012 and 2018 As states move forward to strengthen the program available revenue from polluters will increase Under a strengthened program New Jersey would realize anywhere from 340 million to 680 million to be spent on renewable energy and energy efficiency After just three years in operation the program has added roughly 151 million in value to New Jersey s economy In the last 3 years we have seen tremendous growth in the area of energy efficiency and renewable energy said Scott Needham Chair of Efficiency First New Jersey and President of Princeton Air Conditioning My company has been training the very people that RGGI puts to work growing New Jersey s clean energy economy This program creates jobs and saves businesses money and we feel strongly that the revenue stream from RGGI that flows into our state helps to create jobs and build new markets Cap and trade is an idea that started in the U S and has always enjoyed bipartisan support said Bruce Mizrach Associate Professor Rutgers University Department of Economics The first program to create tradable permits for pollution was the Acid Rain Program of the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments The program reduced acid rain to 2 3 of the 1990 levels savings lakes and forests in the Northeast and according to the EPA saving between 170 and 430 billion in health costs RGGI can do the same for carbon dioxide cutting pollution in an effective economically sound way that saves us money in the long run Beyond economic growth the report also found that RGGI is saving money for both business and residential ratepayers Nominal short term increases in electric rates are significantly offset future bill savings After just three years in operation the program has saved the average household 25 in energy costs and the average business 181 All told the program is on track to deliver over 150 million in energy bill savings to New Jersey consumers As this report shows by investing revenue wisely RGGI saves all types of utility customers on their utility bills said Phyllis Salowe Kaye Executive Director of New Jersey Citizen Action RGGI investments made so far have saved the average household 25 and the average business 181 in avoided electricity costs over 2009 2021 All told the success of this

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/new-report-rggi-benefits-nj%E2%80%99s-economy-and-environment (2016-05-01)
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  • Obama Administration Announces Key Step Forward for Offshore Wind for New Jersey | Environment New Jersey
    Ken Salazar announced a major step towards developing wind energy off the coasts of New Jersey Delaware Maryland and Virginia this morning Joined by Maryland Governor Martin O Malley and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Tommy P Beaudreau in Baltimore Secretary Salazar announced that the environmental review of the proposed areas for wind development found no significant impacts signaling a step closer to wind turbines spinning off our coasts Environment New Jersey Global Warming Clean Energy Advocate Matt Elliott issued the following statement in response There is tremendous potential for producing clean pollution free wind energy off of New Jersey s coast We are thrilled that the Obama administration has announced another critical step forward in making this vision a reality Tapping into the power of offshore wind off of New Jersey is vital to getting our state and the nation off fossil fuels without creating more pollution A report released by Environment America and the National Wildlife Federation shows that along the Atlantic coast alone reaching the Department of Energy s conservative goal of 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power would reduce global warming pollution by the equivalent of taking nearly 18 million cars off the road A

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/obama-administration-announces-key-step-forward-offshore-wind-new-jersey (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment New Jersey
    Cape May endangered the Jersey Shore and tarnished the President s climate legacy Read more PREV NEXT News Release Environment New Jersey Environment New Jersey Hails Assembly Vote to Ban Toxic Waste from Fracking in New Jersey In the latest state action against fracking the New Jersey Assembly today approved a measure to ban the processing of fracking wastewater Environment New Jersey and its allies stepped up efforts to build support for Assemblywoman Connie Wagner s bill after learning that fracking waste had already been shipped to New Jersey and discharged into the Delaware via a DuPont facility in Salem County Legislators approved the bill A575 this afternoon by a veto proof majority of 56 19 Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Christie Administration Sued for Illegally Leaving Regional Clean Energy Pact Governor Chris Christie and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection failed to follow legal due process and safeguard the economic and health interests of New Jersey citizens when pulling the state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI a 10 state compact that is cutting harmful air pollution from power plants and shifting investments to clean energy according to a lawsuit filed today by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Environment New Jersey Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey A Record of Leadership Over the last decade northeastern states have built a track record of successful action to reduce global warming pollution By working together across state lines and partisan divides and developing innovative new policies to hasten the transition to a clean energy economy the Northeast has succeeded in cutting emissions while safeguarding the region s economic health Between 2000 and 2009 the 10 northeastern states1 that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI cut per capita carbon dioxide Keep Reading News Release

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/home?page=24 (2016-05-01)
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