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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    will double the fuel efficiency of today s vehicles by 2025 drastically reducing emissions of carbon pollution and cutting oil use in New Jersey and nationwide The standards will cover new cars and light trucks in model years 2017 2025 and require those vehicles to meet the equivalent of a 54 5 miles per gallon standard by 2025 Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Broad Range of Stakeholders Call on Northeast Governors Including Christie to Improve Successful Clean Energy and Anti Pollution Program New Jersey organizations today joined more than 300 others in calling on Governor Christie and other Northeast and Mid Atlantic governors to build on progress reducing pollution and promoting clean energy by improving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI The coalition which includes environmental and public health organizations consumer advocates and clean energy and mainstream businesses highlighted RGGI s success to date In addition they called on governors to strengthen the program s pollution reduction targets and increase local investments in clean energy and energy efficiency measures that benefit the climate the economy public health and energy consumers Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center New Report Extreme Rainstorms and Snowstorms Up 33 Percent in NJ Just days a series of severe storms ripped through Central Jersey leading to severe rains and flooding that devastated the town of Freehold a new Environment New Jersey report confirms that extreme rainstorms and snowstorms are happening 33 percent more frequently in New Jersey since 1948 The Central Jersey storm followed a June 29th storm that brought high winds and rain to Southern Jersey now considered one of the most destructive and severe thunderstorms in the region s history 206 000 people in Atlantic Cumberland and Salem counties lost power following the June 29th storm Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center When it Rains it Pours Just days a series of severe storms ripped through Central Jersey leading to severe rains and flooding that devastated the town of Freehold a new Environment New Jersey report confirms that extreme rainstorms and snowstorms are happening 33 percent more frequently in New Jersey since 1948 The Central Jersey storm followed a June 29th storm that brought high winds and rain to Southern Jersey now considered one of the most destructive and severe thunderstorms in the region s history 206 000 people in Atlantic Cumberland and Salem counties lost power following the June 29th storm Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Despite Record Breaking Heat and Numerous Bad Air Days Gov Christie Vetoes Clean Air Bill Gov Christie has again vetoed a bill to continue New Jersey s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI originally a 10 state program designed to reduce harmful power plant pollution make polluters pay for their emissions and invest those payments in local clean energy programs Gov Christie pulled the state from the program last December The New Jersey Legislature having received over 60 000 public comments in

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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    for low and moderate income residents Yet despite transit s clear benefit to New Jersey the state has systematically shirked its responsibility to invest the dollars necessary to create a world class public transit system that is reliable and affordable NJ For Transit Stuck at the Station Report More Research Policy Education Action Report Environment New Jersey Charging Forward The Emergence of Electric Vehicles and Their Role in Reducing Oil Consumption America s reliance on gasoline powered vehicles has long contributed to air pollution including global warming emissions and our nation s dependence on oil In the past decade however the automobile market has begun to change integrating new technologies that are dramatically less dependent on gasoline Electric vehicles have arrived and will provide extensive environmental benefits Increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road will yield even greater cuts in pollution and oil use 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 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 News Release Environment New Jersey 8 5 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into New Jersey s Waterways Industrial facilities dumped 8 5 million pounds of toxic chemicals into New Jersey s waterways making New Jersey s waterways the 12th worst in the nation according to a new report released today by Environment New Jersey Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Wasting our Waterways 2012 Industrial facilities dumped 8 5 million pounds of toxic chemicals into New Jerseys s waterways making New Jersey s waterways the 12th worst in the nation according to a new report released today by Environment New Jersey Keep Reading Pages first previous 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 next last Featured Staff Doug O Malley Director Read more about our staff Research

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  • John Rumpler | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    of offshore oil drilling in the wake of Deepwater Horizon and protect the Grand Canyon from toxic mining His current efforts also include safeguarding our beaches from runoff pollution and sewage overflows and protecting our drinking water from gas drilling In addition Mr Rumpler has either advised or co authored numerous research reports including Corporate Agriculture and America s Waterways Toxics on Tap and Quietly Paving Paradise see our Reports section He has also testified before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure regarding enforcement of the nation s clean water laws Prior to his position at Environment America Mr Rumpler practiced public interest and environmental law representing community organizations in land use zoning and permitting matters In 1998 he represented local activists in Lowell Mass defeating a proposed trash transfer station in a low income neighborhood after an all out battle that included more than 15 public hearings At the height of the states litigation against Big Tobacco Mr Rumpler prevailed in discovery matters against high powered law firms representing R J Reynolds and Phillip Morris In 2002 he represented a coalition of community organizations and transit riders in Boston Mass in negotiations with the MBTA winning bus to

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  • Rob Sargent | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    public interest campaigns He is currently the Energy Program Director for Environment America and oversees policy and strategy development for energy and global warming campaigns throughout the U S and in our nation s capitol He has been involved as a policy advisor and strategist in numerous successful campaigns to promote state Renewable Energy Standards the adoption of the California Clean Cars programs in the states energy efficiency measures and

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  • America’s Dirtiest Power Plants | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    the most significant sources of global warming pollution in the world In 2012 U S power plants produced more than 6 percent of global warming emissions worldwide more than any other industrialized nation except China The 50 dirtiest power plants produced nearly 2 percent of the world s carbon dioxide emissions See Table ES 1 U S power plants produced nearly as much carbon dioxide pollution in 2012 as was produced cumulatively that year in all of South America Canada and Mexico See Figure ES 1 Table ES 1 The Dirtiest U S Power Plants Produce Globally Significant Amounts of Carbon Dioxide CO2 Pollution Figure ES 1 In 2012 U S Power Plants Produced Nearly as Much CO2 Pollution as Canada Mexico and All Countries in South America Combined A small handful of the dirtiest coal plants produce a massive and disproportionate share of the nation s global warming pollution In 2012 power plants produced about 40 percent of all U S emissions of carbon dioxide the leading pollutant driving global warming See Table ES 1 The 50 dirtiest U S power plants produced 30 percent of all power sector carbon dioxide emissions in 2012 while producing only 15 percent of the nation s electricity The dirtiest power plants tend to be older plants fueled by coal Coal fired power plants produced about 74 percent of all power plant pollution in 2012 despite producing only 37 percent of the nation s electricity See Figure ES 2 Figure ES 2 Share of Total U S CO2 Emissions Produced by Power Plants and U S Power Sector Emissions by Fuel Type 2012 Figure ES 3 Dirty Power Plants Make an Outsized Contribution to U S Carbon Dioxide Pollution Million Metric Tons MMT 2012 New pollution standards for U S power plants announced by the Environmental Protection Agency in June 2014 will result in important reductions in carbon emissions on the global scale By 2030 the U S EPA s proposed Clean Power Plan will cut 550 million metric tons of carbon pollution from power plants each year roughly equivalent to the amount emitted in 2012 by the entire nation of Canada the world s eighth largest emitter of carbon dioxide When finalized the Clean Power Plan would be the largest step the United States has ever taken to cut global warming pollution However the United States must do more to prevent the worst impacts of global warming The United States should cut overall emissions of global warming pollution by at least 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050 This will require action at all levels of government The U S EPA should strengthen finalize and implement the Clean Power Plan EPA should strengthen the Clean Power Plan by tapping the potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency to cut carbon pollution deeper and faster achieving a 35 to 40 percent cut in power sector emissions below 2005 levels by 2020 and fully meeting President Obama s climate commitment to the international community

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/reports/njc/america%E2%80%99s-dirtiest-power-plants (2016-05-01)
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  • Driving Cleaner | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    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 also facilitate increasing penetration of renewable electricity into the electricity system By connecting their batteries to the grid when parked electric vehicles may make it possible to capture excess clean electricity when production

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/reports/nje/driving-cleaner (2016-05-01)
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  • Wasting Our Waterways | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Contact About Us Our Research Results News Report Protect the Jersey Shore Wasting Our Waterways Toxic Industrial Pollution and Restoring the Promise of the Clean Water Act Released by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Release date Thursday June 19 2014 Read News Release Download Report PDF Get our RSS feed Archives Blog News Releases Reports Resources Results Homepage About Us Contact Us Donate Our research Privacy Environment New Jersey

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  • Wind Power for a Cleaner America | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    2012 or as much electricity as is used each year in Georgia See Figure ES 1 Figure ES 1 Growth in Electricity Generated by Wind Power i Wind energy was the largest source of new electricity capacity added to the grid in 2012 Nine states now have enough wind turbines to supply 12 percent or more of their annual electricity needs in an average year with Iowa South Dakota and Kansas now possessing enough wind turbines to supply more than 20 percent of their annual electricity needs By displacing dirty electricity from fossil fuel fired power plants wind energy saves water and reduces pollution In 2012 wind energy helped the United States Avoid 84 7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution or as much pollution as is produced by more than 17 million of today s passenger vehicles in a year Fossil fuel fired power plants are the nation s largest source of carbon dioxide pollution the leading global warming pollutant In the United States warmer temperatures caused by global warming have already increased the frequency and severity of heat waves and heavy downpours resulting in more intense wildfires floods droughts and tropical storms and hurricanes Save enough water to supply the annual domestic water needs of more than a million people Power plants use water for cooling reducing the amount of water available for irrigation wildlife recreation or domestic use More water is withdrawn from U S lakes rivers streams and aquifers for the purpose of cooling power plants than for any other purpose Avoid 79 600 tons of nitrogen oxide NOX and 98 400 tons of sulfur dioxide emissions Nitrogen oxides are a key ingredient of smog which contributes to asthma and other respiratory problems power plants are responsible for about 15 percent of the nation s total nitrogen oxide NOX pollution each year Power plants also produce about 60 percent of all sulfur dioxide pollution which contributes to acid rain Finally coal fired power plants emit heavy metals such as mercury a potent neurotoxicant that can cause developmental and neurological disorders in babies and children Nearly two thirds of all airborne mercury pollution in the United States in 2010 came from the smokestacks of coal fired power plants If America were to continue to add onshore wind capacity at the rate it did from 2007 to 2012 and take the first steps toward development of its massive potential for offshore wind by 2018 wind energy will be delivering the following benefits Averting a total of 157 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution annually or more carbon dioxide than was produced by Georgia Michigan or New York in 2011 Saving enough water to supply the annual domestic water needs of 2 1 million people roughly as many people as live in the city of Houston and more than live in Philadelphia Phoenix or San Diego Averting more than 121 000 tons of smog forming nitrogen oxide pollution and 194 000 tons of sulfur dioxide pollution each

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