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  • EPA proposes first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Robert Menendez D NJ The new power plant rules allow for flexibility in reducing carbon emissions state by state and I look forward to living in a cleaner greener New Jersey This Administrative action moves us away from unnecessary partisan bickering and nonsensical climate denying and puts us on a path forward that will improve our environment public health and our energy future Across the country Americans have felt the consequences of global warming In 2011 and 2012 the number of heat waves was nearly triple the long term average In the Northeast and Midwest extreme precipitation events have increased by 30 percent Here in New Jersey extreme downpours and superstorms like Hurricane Sandy are devastating our communities and threatening public safety in addition to rising sea levels Virtually every scientist agrees Our climate is changing largely as a result of human activities and failing to act would leave a moral stain on our generation said Congressman Rush Holt D 12 Organized well funded special interests will fight this Our adversary is not simply inefficiency in power plants but corporations who would put their financial interests ahead of children s freedom from asthma attacks and the millions of lives at risk from climate change The National Climate Assessment released in May recognized today s impacts with the statement Climate change once considered an issue for a distant future has moved firmly into the present 2 Until now there have been no federal limits on the amount of carbon pollution power plants are permitted to spew into the atmosphere This announcement is a huge win for the health of our families and our environment said O Malley It is in large part a testament to the millions of Americans more than 600 local elected officials and hundreds of small businesses who

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  • Gov. Christie Trying to Double Down on Climate Inaction | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    This time the people of New Jersey will get their say said O Malley We want all of our leaders to protect us from the impacts of global warming and we will make sure that Governor Christie hears us loud and clear RGGI can help New Jersey comply with forthcoming federal pollution standards In response to the threat posed by global warming next Monday the Environmental Protection Agency will announce the first national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants a key part of President Obama s Climate Action Plan New Jersey and all other states will be required to develop proposals to meet those standards by 2016 If they don t the EPA will develop a generic plan they can adopt Governor Christie is headed down on a path that ends on the wrong side of history said Dale Bryk Energy and Transportation Program Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council Our nation is moving full speed ahead to cut carbon pollution from dirty fossil fuel power plants and New Jersey s neighbors are already ahead of the pack thanks to RGGI Continuing to deny the state a program that s proven to create jobs lower bills and boost local economies especially with federal rules just around the corner is not only nonsense it s a losing battle RGGI has been an environmental and economic success Designed by a bipartisan group of Northeastern and Mid Atlantic governors in the mid 2000s RGGI has significantly helped reduce carbon pollution while at the same time supporting economic development creating new jobs and saving consumers money on energy in the nine states that currently participate According to a report released today by Environment Northeast ENE RGGI has already helped Reduce carbon pollution by almost 30 percent Cut electricity prices by 8 percent Create more than 23 000 job years of work Lock in more than 1 8 billion in long term savings on energy bills Add more than 2 4 billion in economic activity to the region When withdrawing from RGGI in 2011 Governor Christie acknowledged that climate change is real and that it is already having an impact on New Jersey but expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of the program but the facts now speak for themselves Governor Christie s fears can be put to rest said Travis Madsen Senior Program Manager for Environment America The evidence is clear RGGI works Admitting when you are wrong can be challenging but there comes a point when you cannot keep ignoring the facts said Bryk There s no question that RGGI is working exactly as planned as an economic engine and pollution cutting powerhouse Christie can keep burying his head in the sand but the people of New Jersey and the nation will not Action on climate is urgent and New Jersey residents support it Earlier this month the Obama administration released the third National Climate Assessment the most comprehensive report yet on the impacts of climate change on the United States

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  • NJ Court: Gov. Christie Illegally Removed NJ from Climate Change Pollution Rules | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Energy and Transportation Program Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council RGGI has been an environmental and economic success Designed by a bipartisan group of Northeastern and Mid Atlantic governors in the mid 2000s already RGGI has significantly helped reduce carbon pollution while at the same time supporting economic development creating new jobs and saving consumers money on energy Specifically since it took effect in 2009 RGGI has proven itself to be a pollution cutting economy boosting powerhouse by Helping to reduce regional climate change pollution by more than 30 percent demonstrating that states can successfully clean up climate altering pollution from power plants just as they have successfully reduced emissions of arsenic lead soot and other types of power plant pollution Creating more than 23 000 job years aka one year s worth of work in the nine remaining RGGI states Implementing energy efficiency measures that will save ratepayers of all kinds residential business and industrial more than 1 8 billion on their energy bills and Adding 2 4 billion in economic activity to the RGGI region RGGI is a perfect example of a program that has not only been good for the environment but has also provided key benefits to business said Judy Albert Executive Director of Environmental Entrepreneurs a national community of business leaders who promote sound environmental policy that builds economic prosperity It has already added over 2 4 billion in economic value to the RGGI states In addition consumers have benefitted from increased energy efficiency and lower electricity rates and bills When withdrawing from RGGI in 2011 Governor Christie acknowledged that climate change is real and that it is already having an impact on New Jersey but expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of the program but the facts now speak for the themselves Governor Christie s fears can be put to rest said Travis Madsen Senior Program Manager for Environment America The evidence is clear RGGI works RGGI can help New Jersey and other states comply with forthcoming federal standards As part of the Climate Action Plan President Obama announced last year the Environmental Protection Agency will be creating federal standards to reduce climate change pollution from power plants nationwide EPA will issue carbon pollution standards for existing power plants this June and all 50 states will be required to develop proposals to meet those standards by 2016 If they don t the EPA will develop a generic plan they can adopt In all likelihood the EPA will consider RGGI to be an appropriate compliance mechanism Last December the RGGI states submitted comments to EPA offering the RGGI program as a proven cost effective benchmark for national action Soon every state in the country is going to have to crack down on their dirty fossil fuel powers plants why not do it with a program that s proven to create jobs lower bills and boost your local economy said Bryk Broad public support for action on climate Hurricane Sandy killed more than 30 people and

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  • Despite Record-Breaking Heat and Numerous Bad Air Days, Gov. Christie Vetoes Clean Air Bill | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    one swoop of his pen The governor s veto comes as New Jersey suffers under record heat and extreme weather conditions Already this year the state has experienced a number of heat waves 3 or more days where temperatures exceed 90 degrees and temperatures have hit record numbers in Newark Trenton and many other towns and cities across the state Extreme heat exacerbates New Jersey s air pollution problems already some of the worst in the nation The extreme weather we ve experienced this summer is uncomfortable for all of us But it s especially dangerous for the young the elderly and those who suffer from asthma and other chronic lung conditions because it makes our bad air pollution even more harmful said Elliott By signing this bill Governor Christie could have cut that air pollution from fossil fuel fired power plants and moved us forward on clean energy Instead he s put politics before public health and the environment The governor s action today means more air pollution more fossil fuels and less clean energy for New Jersey in the long run Earlier this week Governor Christie signed a bill designed to promote more solar energy for the state and subsequently touted his leadership on clean energy alternatives for New Jersey Soon after it was announced that his administration will slash funding for clean energy choosing instead to divert these funds to the state s general coffers On the heels of that announcement the governor then vetoed the bill to keep New Jersey in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Actions speak louder than words Despite recent rhetoric by the Administration today s veto signals that the governor is not serious about ending our addiction to fossil fuels added Elliott RGGI is our state s only tool to directly control

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  • As Emissions in Northeast States Decline, Economic Growth Outpaces Nation | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Response Act requiring emissions to be lowered to 1990 levels by 2020 and to 80 percent below current levels by 2050 Reducing Power Plant Emissions o In 2005 New Jersey officials joined with nine other Northeast and Mid Atlantic States including New York Maryland Delaware and other states in the Northeast to establish the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI the first program in the United States to limit global warming emissions from power plants sell permits to emit carbon and invest the revenues in energy efficiency and clean energy initiatives Cleaner Cars o New Jersey led the Northeast adopted the Clean Cars program to limit tailpipe emissions for carbon dioxide and require cars to have better fuel economy Expanding renewable energy o New Jersey and all the states in the RGGI program have adopted renewable energy standards and other policies to ramp up renewable energy In New Jersey 22 5 of the state s electricity must come from renewable sources by 2020 Improving energy efficiency o New Jersey and the other Northeast states have adopted a variety of energy efficiency programs including standards for appliances utility energy efficiency programs building codes and other programs According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy six of the top ten ranked states on energy efficiency are in the Northeast New Jersey ranks 15th in the nation See energy efficiency scorecard at http aceee org sector state policy scorecard There is strong support for programs to promote clean energy and reduce pollution in New Jersey said Elliott A majority of state lawmakers continue to side with the people of New Jersey in supporting these types of anti pollution pro jobs programs Unfortunately Governor Christie is out of step with this vision for a cleaner more prosperous New Jersey For example while the

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  • 8.5 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into New Jersey’s Waterways | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    with exceptional water quality upstream to the fifth worst in the nation in terms of toxic discharges as it flows downstream The lion s share of the toxic pollution comes from DuPont in Salem County where toxics are loaded into the River with abandon The problem is that government agencies allow these discharges to continue by issuing permits to pollute a perverse interpretation of the Clean Water Act This has to stop if we want to provide a healthy economically sound Delaware River for everyone including the estuary and Bay that are so degraded by this overload of toxics said Tracy Carluccio Deputy Director Delaware Riverkeeper Network Environment New Jersey s report summarizes discharges of cancer causing chemicals chemicals that persist in the environment and chemicals with the potential to cause reproductive problems ranging from birth defects to reduced fertility Among the toxic chemicals discharged by facilities are arsenic mercury and benzene Exposure to these chemicals is linked to cancer developmental disorders and reproductive disorders Information is a powerful tool and reports like this are the reason I authored the law establishing the federal toxic emissions right to know program Communities need to know what s polluting their environment in order to fight for stronger water quality protections and better clean ups said U S Senator Frank R Lautenberg D NJ Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund Toxics and Environmental Health There are common sense steps that we can take to turn the tide against toxic pollution of our waters added Fitzpatrick In order to curb the toxic pollution threatening the Delaware River and other state waterways Environment New Jersey recommends the following Pollution Prevention Industrial facilities should reduce their toxic discharges to waterways by switching from hazardous chemicals to safer alternatives Protect all waters

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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    New Jersey Pinelands Commission Chairman Mark Lohbauer was replaced as Chairman by Gov Christie s Administration in a clear case of political retribution for the now former Chairman s willingness to cross the Christie Administration by supporting protection for the Pinelands including efforts to block a 22 mile gas pipeline from bisecting the National Reserve The new Chairman of the Pinelands Commission was announced as Sean Earlen Read more about Bridgegate in the Pines Part Deux Gov Christie Fires Pinelands Commissioner Chairman Lohbauer News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Environmental Groups Sue over Approval of South Jersey Gas Pinelands Pipeline The New Jersey Sierra Club and Environment New Jersey are suing the Pinelands Commission and the Board of Public Utilities on their approval of the South Jersey Gas pipeline in the Pinelands Despite previous determination that the pipeline does not fit the needs of the Pinelands the Commission s Executive Director unilaterally determined the pipeline was consistent with the Comprehensive Management Plan This decision circumvented a public hearing and further vote by the Pinelands Commission which the groups contend violates the Pinelands Protection Act The environmental groups are hoping to overturn these determinations in the New Jersey Superior Court Read more about Environmental Groups Sue over Approval of South Jersey Gas Pinelands Pipeline News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Report Shows New Jersey 1 in Off Shore Wind Potential Poised To Benefit Most from Federal Tax Credit Extension New Jersey may have lost the race to build the first off shore wind facility in the nation but the potential for off shore wind power production is still highest off the Jersey Shore according to Turning to the Wind a new Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center report The report also shows that carbon

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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Cities report Newark ranks 16th among dozens of metropolitan areas analyzed the 8th per capita nationally for the amount of solar installed and the top city per capita in the New England and the Mid Atlantic regions with 78 watts of installed solar per person in the city Read more about As Paris Climate Talks Kick Off New Solar Report Shows Newark As Top City Per Capita for Solar in Northeast News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Going Once Going Twice Sold After Bidding Off Shore Wind Energy Areas Sold Off the Jersey Shore to Major Wind Companies The Department of Interior completed its first ever auction of wind energy areas off the Jersey Shore this afternoon awarding two wind energy areas representing 344 000 acres off the Jersey Shore for off shore wind leasing to Res Americas and U S Wind Inc The bidding resulted in 10 bids for the South Lease Area and 8 bids for the North Lease Area and the final total sale price was nearly 2 million U S Wind Inc paid just more than 1 million for the North Lease Area and Res Americas paid 880 000 for the South Lease Area Read more about Going Once Going Twice Sold After Bidding Off Shore Wind Energy Areas Sold Off the Jersey Shore to Major Wind Companies News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center NJ Off Shore Wind Advocates Urge Obama Administration To Keep Moving Forward on Wind Offshore wind for New Jersey is closer to reality than it s ever been before and the Obama Administration is largely to thank said environmentalists public health advocates and faith leaders today The groups joined together on a national letter to President Obama and his officials with more than 275 organizations and

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