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  • 100% Renewable Energy | Environment New Jersey
    Duke Energy and Pacific Gas Electric from climate deniers in Congress to the Koch brothers that are not only standing in the way but using their financial might and political clout to roll back renewable energy 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 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

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/programs/nje/100-renewable-energy?page=10 (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey
    potential to reap huge environmental benefits from the development of offshore wind according to a new report released by Environment New Jersey If state and federal officials commit to continued progress in launching New Jersey s offshore wind industry New Jersey could reduce global warming pollution by 825 000 metric tons in 2018 But this potential can only be reached if the Christie administration moves forward with implementing the state s off shore wind program Read more about Report Highlights Environmental Benefits of Wind but New Jersey Off Shore Wind Program Stuck in Neutral News Release Environment New Jersey A Clear Choice on the Environment Environment New Jersey Endorses Sen Buono Legislative Champs With the gubernatorial candidates engaged in the last push of campaigning Environment New Jersey highlighted the deep chasm between the gubernatorial candidates on the environment by detailing Gov Chris Christie s environmental rollbacks over the last four years compared to Sen Barbara Buono s pro environment legislative record The endorsed candidacy of Sen Buono represents a clear choice on the environment for voters The group also recognized seven endorsed pro environment legislators from across the state Read more about A Clear Choice on the Environment Environment New Jersey Endorses Sen Buono Legislative Champs News Release Environment New Jersey As Sandy Anniversary Nears NJ Urged To Clean Up Climate Altering Power Plant Pollution Get Back In RGGI Environment New Jersey accompanied by representatives from clean energy businesses and others urged New Jersey to clean up climate altering pollution from power plants and rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Advocates testified before the Assembly Utilities Committee and Chairman Upendra Chivukula D 17 who held a public hearing to discuss the threat of global warming Read more about As Sandy Anniversary Nears NJ Urged To Clean Up Climate Altering Power

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news?page=13 (2016-05-01)
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  • New report recognizes environmental benefits of electric cars | Environment New Jersey
    are cleaner than vehicles that run on oil even when charged with coal fired power according to Environment New Jersey s report That s because electric motors are much more efficient than the internal combustion engine And as our electricity system incorporates more wind solar and other forms of zero emission energy electric cars will only get cleaner Ultimately an electric vehicle charged completely with wind or solar power can operate with little to no impact on public health or contribution to global warming Electric vehicles represent a key way to solve our fossil fuel dependence and the climate crisis while at the same time creating good manufacturing jobs said Rick Engler director of the NJ Work Environment Council Greening our electric grid and creating an electric car infrastructure must be part of a new green job economy With new advanced cars whether a plug in hybrid model like the Chevy Volt or a fully electric model like the Nissan Leaf or the Tesla Model S Americans can travel increasingly longer distances on electricity alone Thanks in part to smart clean cars policies adopted by states like New Jersey and the Obama administration most major automobile manufacturers are now offering fully electric or plug in hybrid electric vehicles powered primarily by electricity instead of gasoline Consumers ability to purchase EVs should not be limited by government in fact just the opposite said Chuck Feinberg chairman of the Clean Cities Coalition This Environment New Jersey report points out in a very clear way the need for our leaders to lead all levels of government should actively promote the proliferation of EVs EVs can and will play a critical role in advancing our economic energy and environmental security The Legislature has started to take steps to bolster electric car infrastructure including bills to encourage development of electric vehicle charging stations in transportation projects A1719 as well as requiring the electric vehicle recharging stations at rest areas along the Turnpike Parkway A17128 and a public private pilot program for charging stations A2668 However there is much more state government can do to accelerate the market for electric vehicles and make them a viable and attractive choice for more drivers The report recommends the following New Jersey should follow through on the ambitious goals for electric vehicle deployment set through the Zero Emission Vehicle program Right now the state is falling behind Eight other states including New York are following through with the electric vehicle action plan announced at the end of May including many of our Northeast neighbors The Zero Emission Vehicle ZEV Action Plan is aimed at spurring sales of 3 3 million zero emission vehicles by 2025 through consumer incentives and regulatory action New Jersey should work with neighboring states to accelerate electric vehicle deployment not ignore them Among the actions outlined in the eight state alliance s plan are efforts to promote installation of recharging stations at workplaces expanding both cash and noncash incentives for consumers to buy electric cars

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/new-report-recognizes-environmental-benefits-electric-cars (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey
    Power Plants Even as New Jersey works to cut carbon pollution and transition to clean energy power plants remain the single largest source of carbon pollution across the nation The report titled America s Dirtiest Power Plants comes as the Obama administration readies a new set of rules to tackle global warming It illustrates the scale of carbon pollution from New Jersey s power sector and ranks New Jersey s biggest carbon polluters and shows that New Jersey s power plants emit as much as carbon pollution as 3 7 million cars Read more about Report Reveals NJ s Top 5 Most Carbon Polluting Power Plants News Release Environment New Jersey President Obama s Climate Plan a Clear Win for New Jersey President Obama announced a climate plan that will set limits on carbon pollution from power plants advance energy efficiency and increase the nation s commitment to renewable energy In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy a dizzying stretch of extreme weather events and continued temperature records the president s plan to address global warming was loudly applauded by Environment New Jersey and many others Read more about President Obama s Climate Plan a Clear Win for New Jersey News Release In Sandy s Wake Sen Menendez Publicly Calls On President to Cut Carbon Pollution from Power Plants Trenton NJ U S Sen Robert Menendez sent a letter to President Obama today describing the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused in New Jersey to urge him to set limits on carbon pollution from power plants Scientists have warned that global warming is helping to intensify extreme weather events and power plants are the largest source of the carbon pollution that s fueling global warming The letter which was also signed by senators from Connecticut and New York was loudly applauded by

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news?page=14 (2016-05-01)
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  • Delaware Water Gap Underfunded, Threatened by Funding Cuts | Environment New Jersey
    source of fresh drinking water for our local communities The Water Gap encompasses 70 000 acres straddling the Pennsylvania and New Jersey banks of the Delaware River There are miles and miles of trails several beaches canoeing mountain climbing fishing and hunting access along with camping grounds and a section of the Appalachian Trail In a very real sense the government shutdown isn t over Republicans are continuing to shut down our national parks one day and one dollar at a time said Congressman Rush Holt D 12 Over the last three years the National Park Service has been cut by 315 million hurting park maintenance the availability of campgrounds and services to millions of park visitors It s time to end the slow motion shutdown and implement a funding strategy that will protect America s national parks Parks closures during last fall s government shutdown capped off the third straight year in which Congress cut funding to the National Park Service operating budget Additional cuts from the March 2013 sequester make for a 13 percent reduction in funding for our parks in today s dollars over this period Let s give our parks a fresh start in 2014 said Adam Garber field director of PennEnvironment If we continue on this path our grandchildren could be forced to explore parking lots and fracking wells instead of river valleys and mountaintops Death by a Thousand Cuts gives concrete examples of how the Delaware Water Gap has been affected by the funding 473 224 was cut from the budget for the Delaware Water Gap Seasonal staff was cut by 17 staff members The highly popular Dingmans Falls Visitor Center was closed during weekdays throughout the summer and fall 2 Water Gap sites were closed Kittatinny Point NJ and Milford Beach PA Hiring

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/delaware-water-gap-underfunded-threatened-funding-cuts (2016-05-01)
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  • The Green Ballot | Environment New Jersey
    s environment fighting for stronger clean air protections and against right wing rollbacks of our core environmental protections He fought for legislation to end subsidies to Big Oil to create more clean energy jobs and stood up to the polluters who want to weaken the EPA The choice between Sen Menendez and State Senator Joe Kyrillos is a no brainer Environment New Jersey is proud to stand behind Sen Menendez s environmental record and endorse his re election Shelley Adler understands and values our clean air and clean water protections as opposed to gutting them The choice between Shelley Adler and Rep Jon Runyan is a night and day difference Runyan wants to turn the lights out on our environment and Shelley wants to turn the spotlight on Tea Party environmental attacks to fight them back She will be a strong voice for New Jersey s environment if elected to Congress and Environment New Jersey urges voter support for Shelley Adler Rep Rush Holt has been a leader to promote clean energy in the House and has stood up for the environment state wide From saving the Delaware Water Gap to protecting the Jersey Shore the Congressman has been an undaunted advocate for our natural environment And he has led the charge to promote clean energy to battle climate change His environmental record is sterling and Environment New Jersey is proud to endorse Rep Holt Rep Frank Pallone has been a champion for New Jersey s environment leading the charge to protect the Jersey Shore from off shore drilling In addition to a strong voting record on the environment Rep Pallone has consistently stood up to the recent Tea Party rollbacks of core environmental protections from the Clean Air Act to clean cars Rep Pallone has more than earned the

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/green-ballot (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment New Jersey
    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 Exxon Gov Christie You ve Been Served Enviros File Legal Action To Stop Historic Environmental Sell Out Seven environmental groups representing hundreds of thousands of citizen members filed a motion this morning to intervene in litigation brought by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection against ExxonMobil Corporation The filing focused on damages due for generations of toxic pollution at the Bayonne and Linden refineries 16 other Exxon sites around the state and more than 800 gas stations for soil and water contamination across New Jersey and urged the court to reject the proposed settlement Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Obama Admin s EPA Issues Rule To Protect 4 000 Miles of New Jersey Streams More than 4 000 miles of New Jersey s streams including those feeding the Delaware and the Jersey Shore will gain federal protections under a final rule signed today by top Obama administration officials The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters and wetlands that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly ten years Keep Reading Blog Post Inspiring for clean water one paddle at a time Russell Bassett 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 that impact our drinking water health and way of life Instead of doom and gloom Margo s message is one of hope that the problems our waterways face can be fixed Keep

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/home?page=9%2C0 (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment New Jersey
    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 Over 100 Attend Discussion on New Jersey s Solar Future Over 100 students community members and solar business representatives attended a lively discussion on New Jersey s solar energy future last evening at Rutgers University s New Brunswick campus The event was a collaboration between Environment New Jersey NJ PIRG Student Chapters Rutgers Fossil Fuel Divestment and Rutgers Engineering Governing Council s Sustainability Affair Committee Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Senate President Packs the Judiciary Committee in Order to Pack the Pinelands Commission At an extraordinary session earlier today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted seven in favor five against and one abstention to advance the governor s nomination of Robert Barr to join the Pinelands Commission Conservationists and several Senators understood this nomination is aimed at packing the Pinelands Commission with enough votes to reverse the Commission s prior denial to allow South Jersey Gas to build a massive gas pipeline through the Pinelands Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Go Solar New Jersey Civic Leaders Letter A letter of more than 70 local and state civic leaders calling for New Jersey to lead on solar by expanding solar to 20 of our power generation by 2025 Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Pinelands Commission Nomination Back at Senate Judiciary Committee At an extraordinary session called

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/home?page=10%2C0 (2016-05-01)
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