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  • Clean cars get the green light from the White House | Environment New Jersey
    get the green light from the White House For Immediate Release Thursday November 17 2011 Trenton The Obama administration today officially proposed new clean car standards that represent the biggest step the U S has ever taken to get off oil and tackle global warming The standards would require cars and light trucks in model years 2017 2025 to meet a fleet wide average global warming pollution standard equivalent to 54 5 miles per gallon This proposal builds off the leadership of New Jersey and 13 other states who previously adopted state level clean car standards The President s clean cars proposal represents the biggest step ever taken to end our addiction to oil said Doug O Malley Field Director with Environment New Jersey By making the cars and trucks of the future cleaner and more fuel efficient these standards will reap big benefits for New Jersey s environment our health and our economy By 2030 the proposed standards would reduce annual global warming pollution by 280 million metric tons roughly equivalent to shutting down 70 coal fired power plants for one year In addition in the same amount of time the standards would cut oil use by as much as 23 billion gallons per year an amount equivalent to our imports from Saudi Arabia and Iraq in 2010 Moving forward the Obama administration is expected to conduct a public comment period and hold public hearings to gauge public opinion of the new standards before finalizing the standards next year For New Jerseyans who want to raise their voice in support of getting off oil these clean car standards and this public comment period offer the best opportunity in years said O Malley We look forward to helping demonstrate broad support for the strongest possible standards and keeping them free

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/clean-cars-get-green-light-white-house (2016-05-01)
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  • Who Won? The Environment | Environment New Jersey
    McKeon D 27 Assemblywoman Mila Jasey D 27 Senator Bob Gordon D 38 and Assemblywoman Connie Wagner D 38 Environment New Jersey volunteers and staff members made hundreds of local personal phone calls to Environment New Jersey members in some of the tightest legislative races across the state The group organized activist phonebanks in Fair Lawn South Orange and Trenton over the GOTV weekend Monday night and Election Day The organization also sent thousands of district by district targeted e mails explaining the environmental records of individual legislators and encouraging activists to get out to the polls today If you care about New Jersey s environment this election could not have been more important said O Malley Our Legislature is poised to make critical decisions on the fate of our environment This November we couldn t risk losing a single ally in Trenton The victory by environmental candidates is even more significant after the attempts by Americans for Prosperity a state chapter funded by out of state oil money including the Koch Brothers to do targeted voter education in battleground districts The TV and radio ads directly attacked environmental champions for supporting clean energy programs including the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI You can t fool New Jersey voters Negative attacks against environmental supporters especially on a clean energy issue didn t work said O Malley New Jersey voters of both parties support the environment and clean energy and even in a low turnout race those voters come out Environment New Jersey worked throughout the campaign to highlight key environmental initiatives that Senator Jim Whelan D 2 Senator Linda Greenstein D 14 Assemblyman Dan Benson D 14 Senator Barbara Buono D 18 Assemblyman Peter Barnes D 18 Assemblyman John McKeon D 27 Assemblywoman Mila Jasey D 27 Senator Bob Gordon D 38 and Assemblywoman Connie Wagner D 38 supported The Highlands Act a law to protect the state s northern mountains and forests also the drinking water source for more than 5 million New Jerseyans throughout the state Green Acres funding which enables the state to purchase and preserve scarce and pristine open spaces Barnegat Bay Protections to help reduce pollution at the Barnegat Bay and along the Shore The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI a landmark law that cuts power plant pollution makes polluters pay and invests in clean energy alternatives such as solar and energy saving buildings The Offshore Wind Economic Development Act a law that promotes generation of clean pollution free offshore wind power coupled with new manufacturing and economic development A fracking ban to prohibit the drilling practice known as hydraulic fracturing which injects hundreds of toxic chemicals underground contaminates drinking water sources contributes to air pollution Beyond educating the public on the candidates voting records Environment New Jersey told supporters our most pressing environmental issues will need continued leadership in the coming legislative session They said they hope to continue to work with these legislators to increase the state s renewable energy requirements defend New

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/who-won-environment (2016-05-01)
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  • Driving Cleaner | Environment New Jersey
    longer wildfire season in California and the Rockies Pollution from burning gasoline also harms public health Automobile emissions contribute to the formation of ozone and fine particulates which can cause short and long term lung damage Air pollution from cars light trucks and larger vehicles causes an estimated 53 000 early deaths each year Electric vehicles are far less polluting than conventional cars and trucks An electric vehicle produces less global warming pollution per mile than the average new gasoline vehicle even when emissions from vehicle production and electricity generation are included Electric vehicles will become even less polluting over time The cleaner we make our electricity system by adding more wind solar and other pollution free energy sources the less global warming pollution electric vehicles will produce On the other hand the more that oil companies rely on Canadian tar sands and other hard to reach oil deposits the dirtier conventional cars and trucks will get Rapid growth in electric vehicle penetration is critical The California Air Resources Board estimates that if the state is to achieve the emission reductions needed to avoid the worst impacts of global warming electric vehicles and other zero emission vehicles would need to account for 100 percent of new vehicle sales by 2040 Increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road would reduce global warming pollution Ten states California Connecticut Maryland Massachusetts Maine New Jersey New York Oregon Rhode Island and Vermont require auto manufacturers to sell electric vehicles in compliance with the Zero Emission Vehicle program This law will put more than 3 5 million zero emission vehicles on the road in these states by 2025 Even in a scenario with limited growth in renewable energy this would prevent 4 7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent pollution per year compared with conventional cars That is equal to the annual emissions of almost 1 million of today s vehicles If every state adopted the Zero Emission Vehicle program more than 13 million electric vehicles would be on the road by 2025 This would prevent 14 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxideequivalent pollution in 2025 compared with conventional cars equal to removing 3 million of today s vehicles from the road or saving 1 6 billion gallons of gasoline Health threatening toxic pollution concentrated around urban roadways would also decline Electric vehicles could reduce global warming pollution even further with increased generation of electricity from clean renewable sources of energy Increasing the renewable share of the nation s electricity mix to 25 percent by 2025 would result in 26 percent greater emission reductions than a scenario of slow renewable energy growth With 25 percent renewable energy and a nationwide commitment to zero emission vehicles America could cut global warming pollution by 18 2 million metric tons of carbon dioxideequivalent the equivalent of saving more than 2 billion gallons of gasoline per year or the annual emissions from 3 8 million of today s cars and trucks Deploying electric vehicles may

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/driving-cleaner (2016-05-01)
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  • Fracking Waste Ban Bill Passes NJ Assembly By Wide Bipartisan Majority of 61-17; Bill Heads to Christie’s Desk | Environment New Jersey
    Release Contact Doug O Malley Fracking Waste Ban Bill Passes NJ Assembly By Wide Bipartisan Majority of 61 17 Bill Heads to Christie s Desk For Immediate Release Thursday June 26 2014 Amidst the budget debate this afternoon the New Jersey Assembly passed by a strong bipartisan 61 17 1 supermajority legislation to ban fracking waste from being discharged treated stored or transported in New Jersey The legislation follows action by the State Senate last month to pass an identical ban on fracking waste The legislation now goes to Gov Christie s desk The Governor has 45 days to act on legislation The following is the response by Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey Today is a landmark day for New Jersey and our waterways Fracking waste has been dumped into New Jersey s waterways and today s action by the Assembly sends a clear bipartisan message to keep fracking waste away from New Jersey Fracking waste is not an abstract threat close to 1 4 million gallons of fracking wastewater were dumped into the Delaware River and 478 tons of fracking waste were trucked into New Jersey Our waterways have enough problems without having to deal with

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/fracking-waste-ban-bill-passes-nj-assembly-wide-bipartisan-majority-61-17-bill-heads (2016-05-01)
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  • Trading Pinelands Protections for $8 Million | Environment New Jersey
    brokered by the Commission s staff but has no effect unless the full Pinelands Commission approves the agreement waiving its rules by at least eight affirmative votes The Commission is currently scheduled to vote on the deal at its meeting on Friday January 10th at the Pinelands Commission offices the meeting starts at 9 30 a m The Commission needs to show that its permits cannot be bought Approving the deal would send the message that if you have 8 million you can have your way in the Pinelands regardless of the rules that are supposed to protect the Pinelands and its unique natural resources said Carleton Montgomery Executive Director for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance The whole idea of using this kind of contractual agreement to waive Pinelands rules is unlawful and while 8 million may sound like a lot of money it is nowhere near enough to provide the same level of protection as actually enforcing the Comprehensive Management Plan would provide The proposal has sparked an extraordinary level of public outrage as thousands of individuals have voiced their opposition Over 300 people have spoken out against the project at Pinelands Commission meetings and hearings almost 5 000 have sent letters or emails to the Commission and the Governor and over 12 000 people have signed an online petition through www change org started by a concerned New Jersey resident On December 18th the Pinelands Preservation Alliance Clean Water Action Environment New Jersey Food and Water Watch and the New Jersey Sierra Club will present close to 13 000 petitions to Governor Christie First they just tried to push this pipeline through then they offered the Commission 8 million as Pinelands pay to play and now there are those that are trying to bluff bully and intimidate people to get this destructive pipeline through The people of New Jersey want to protect the Pinelands and it is the Commission s job to do so If not the Pinelands will suffer the death of a thousand MOAs The Commission cannot sell out the Pinelands for a pipeline and power plant that will add more air and water pollution and promote fracking This process clearly violates the CMP and if they can get away with it for this project they can do it for any project said Jeff Tittel Director NJ Sierra Club The public outcry against this pipeline shows the public wants the Pinelands protected not threatened with an unnecessary destructive and risky project that will do little more than generate profits for private companies The Pinelands Commission needs to listen to the public and reject this Pipeline project said Jim Walsh Eastern Regional Director for Food Water Watch The stated rationale for this project includes the need to insure post Sandy regional energy reliability by enabling the BL England power plant at Beesleys Point on the Great Egg Harbor to move into full time operation It is the height of folly to think this power plant located just above

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/trading-pinelands-protections-8-million (2016-05-01)
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  • Pinelands Commission Testimony Opposing Massive Gas Pipeline | Environment New Jersey
    that standard and it is obviously designed to serve people outside the Pinelands The Pinelands Commission should not serve as the hand maiden for South Jersey Gas or Gov Christie s fossil fuel agenda It is not the Commission s job to find a route for the Pipeline or help private companies realize their business plans The Commission s job is to protect the Pinelands This very MOA process is a complete Rube Goldberg affair except that it violates the principle of the Commission In order to allow this project the Commission would have to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement MOA that would allow them to waive their rules They can only enter into MOAs with public agencies for public development Since South Jersey Gas is a private company they are proposing to enter into this MOA with the Board of Public Utilities BPU But the BPU is a regulatory agency who oversees regulated utilities like South Jersey Gas They bear no financial responsibility for this project How can the BPU who regulates South Jersey Gas enter into an agreement on their behalf It is South Jersey Gas who will pay for the project make money on the project enter into work contracts for the project and assume liability for the project This is an illegal use of the MOA function Most importantly this MOA calls into question the integrity of the Pinelands Commission This has the appearance of an environmental Operation Bid Rig with lawyers standing in for bag men and educational centers standing in for repaved driveways An equivalent level of protection is a euphemism for anything under the sun This MOA requires South Jersey Gas to pay 8 million in order to ensure an equivalent level of protection for Pinelands resources 7 250 000 would go

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/pinelands-commission-testimony-opposing-massive-gas-pipeline (2016-05-01)
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  • Fracking by the Numbers: New Environment New Jersey Report First To Quantify Threat of Gas Drilling, Shows Fracking Waste Increasing in Neighboring States | Environment New Jersey
    Jersey s waterways said Sen Linda Greenstein D 14 The Legislature should overturn Gov Christie s veto of the fracking waste ban bill and protect New Jersey from this highly toxic and even radioactive fracking waste The report also exposed the discrepancies between the industry s self reporting portal FracFocus and the actual state environmental records which documented larger amounts of environmental damage Over half of the wells the report focuses on aren t included in the industry reporting Records from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection show that drilling companies have already started to make New Jersey the dumping ground for their toxic fracking waste Drilling companies already have shipped toxic wastewater to the Deepwater Energy Center next to the Delaware River and to plants in Kearny and Carteret None of these plants are capable of cleaning fracking waste before disposing of it in New Jersey This report is a great help in quantifying the many impacts of fracking The 280 billion gallons of toxic wastewater produced nationally last year all has to go somewhere and we know that frack waste some of it radioactive was trucked in from Pennsylvania to get rid of it Because there still is not enough places to take it we can expect it to be pushed on us again because Governor Christie vetoed New Jersey s frack waste ban bill A new report out of Duke University yesterday reveals that extremely high levels of radium from fracking was found in sediment in a Pennsylvania creek verifying the warnings in the Environment New Jersey report We have to stop this pollution said Tracy Carluccio Deputy Director Delaware Riverkeeper Network Some of the key findings from the report include More than 82 000 fracking wells have been drilled since 2005 Fracking wells nationwide produced an estimated 280 billion gallons of wastewater in 2012 This toxic wastewater often contains cancer causing and even radioactive materials and has contaminated drinking water sources from Pennsylvania to New Mexico Fracking operations have used at least 250 billion gallons of water since 2005 While most industrial uses of water return it to the water cycle for further use fracking converts clean water into toxic wastewater much of which must then be permanently disposed of taking billions of gallons out of the water supply annually Operators have hauled more than 2 billion gallons of chemicals to thousands of fracking sites around the country Global warming emissions from completion of fracking wells since 2005 total an estimated 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent This report is an eye opener for the people in this country to see how wide spread and how tremendous the impacts are from fracking and waste water We will have the same devastating consequences that are happening across the country here unless action is taken to ban fracking and fracking waste and to stop the pipelines that being installed across our state We have enough toxic sites we don t need any more created by this

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/fracking-numbers-new-environment-new-jersey-report-first-quantify-threat-gas-drilling-shows (2016-05-01)
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  • 100% Renewable Energy | Environment New Jersey
    s progress Join our call and help your community go 100 renewable The more people who join our call for 100 renewable power the more local state national and corporate leaders will step up and take action that will make a difference now and get us on the right track for the future Adam Perri Why wait And we can t wait Scientists say we must stop burning virtually all fossil fuels by 2050 in order to spare kids growing up today from the devastating impacts of climate change And why should we wait Why wait for healthier communities with cleaner air and water when we can have them today Why wait until it s impossible to leave the kids we know and love a safer healthier tomorrow Why wait when we can start changing the conversation about how we produce and consume energy so it s no longer a question of whether we ll get to 100 renewable power but how fast Why wait when America has the responsibility the ingenuity and the will to start leading the world to a 100 renewable future right now Steven Gilbert We ve got the power We re ready for this Our national network has done more to promote solar wind and energy efficiency on the state and local level than any other group in the country We ve won clean energy policies from pro solar initiatives to clean cars programs to renewable energy standards in 22 states all of which are driving down the costs of wind and solar and driving down carbon pollution Now we need you to join this movement and the first step is an easy one Add your name in support of a 100 renewable future Together we can do this A 100 renewable future based on 100 American made energy is 100 possible And it starts now Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen via Flickr 100 Clean Energy 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

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/programs/nje/100-renewable-energy?page=9 (2016-05-01)
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