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  • Global Warming Quiz Question 3 | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    News Global Warming Quiz Question 3 Answer c Decrease overall as weather extremes harm crops around the globe According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change negative impacts of climate change on crop yields have been more common than positive impacts 3 Which of the following countries has reduced carbon pollution the most since 2005 Germany China United States Japan Get our RSS feed Homepage About Us Contact Us Donate

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/quiz-q3 (2016-05-01)
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  • Delaware Water Gap Underfunded, Threatened by Funding Cuts | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    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 freeze for all vacant fulltime staffing positions Environment New Jersey and PennEnvironment were joined by Congressman Rush Holt D 12 from New Jersey and Rep Matt Cartwright D

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/delaware-water-gap-underfunded-threatened-funding-cuts (2016-05-01)
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  • Court Hears Argument Christie Illegally Repealed Rules to Clean Up Climate Change Pollution | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    heard from the many citizens who support action to clean up power plants and from businesses and residents who benefited from RGGI when the program was still in effect in New Jersey Broad public support for RGGI in New Jersey Polls show widespread bipartisan support for action on climate in New Jersey with more than 80 percent supporting limits on carbon pollution from power plants More than 30 000 New Jerseyans weighed in with state decision makers in support of RGGI as it was first adopted Today s hearing is the first step to get New Jersey back on track in tackling climate change said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey New Jerseyans understand we have an obligation to protect our children and future generations from global warming s impacts In the wake of Hurricane Sandy which killed more than 30 people and caused as much as 30 billion in losses in the state curbing the climate change pollution that turbocharges our weather is more important than ever Rising seas will put trillions of dollars worth of private property and public infrastructure in the Newark New York metropolitan area at risk from flooding within the century RGGI can help New Jersey 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 states will be required to develop proposals to meet those standards by 2016 If they don t the EPA will develop a plan for them In all likelihood the EPA will consider RGGI to be an appropriate compliance mechanism Given today s arguments the broad support for RGGI in the state and the program s proven track record of success in neighboring states New Jersey could seize the opportunity to rejoin RGGI in order to comply with the federal rules The reality is one way or another New Jersey will have to start cutting pollution from its power plants in the near future said Dale Bryk Energy and Transportation Program Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council With neighboring states using a program that is not only delivering significant reductions in climate change pollution but lowering energy bills and creating jobs why reinvent the wheel Governor Christie should seize the moment and give RGGI another look RGGI has been an economic and environmental success 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

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  • Pinelands Commission Testimony Opposing Massive Gas Pipeline | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    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 into the Pinelands Conservation Fund to buy land along the pipeline route We question the need to do this since much of this region is in the Forest Management

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/pinelands-commission-testimony-opposing-massive-gas-pipeline (2016-05-01)
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  • Massive Conservation Coalition Calls for Bold Action to Advance Offshore Wind Power | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    pollution that scientist say is fueling global warming and more frequent and severe extreme weather events Extreme weather s impacts have hit close to home recently Hurricane Sandy alone cost over 70 billion total in damages in addition to the immeasurable impact on lives lost injuries and livelihoods ruined across New Jersey Hurricane Sandy is a tragic example of what climate change looks like To avoid the worst impacts of global warming we need to shift away from energy that threatens our climate with carbon said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey Harnessing the wind that blows off our shores will be essential in facing the climate crisis Supporters pointed to the clear benefits of offshore wind as reason for state and federal officials to support incentives critical for launching a new offshore wind industry in New Jersey and along the Atlantic Coast Climate change is the single the biggest threat to America s wildlife this century and properly sited offshore wind power is an essential part of the solution said National Wildlife Federation s Senior Energy Climate Manager Catherine Bowes Our ability to fight climate change and repower America with pollution free energy hinges on bold action from our federal and state leaders Congress must renew the offshore wind investment tax credit ITC immediately to jumpstart this critical new clean energy source for America In June President Obama announced an historic Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution In addition to placing the first ever national limits on carbon pollution from power plants the plan called for doubling the amount of renewable energy generated on federally controlled land and waters Advocates pointed out that offshore wind power offers a critical opportunity to meet this goal and achieve our nation s environmental and energy objectives America can create

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  • Report Highlights Environmental Benefits of Wind, but New Jersey Off-Shore Wind Program Stuck in Neutral | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    forward for renewable energy jobs and economic growth here in New Jersey said Senate President Stephen Sweeney We enacted legislation that was meant to create up to 2 000 megawatts of offshore wind to be developed off our coasts It allowed us to finally tap into the potential of our offshore wind and become a leader in this emergent technology But three years later almost nothing has come to pass That is unacceptable The report also shows that offshore wind energy has the potential to reduce 469 tons of smog causing nitrogen oxide emissions and 1 093 tons of sulfur dioxide which cause acid rain and soot New Jersey already suffers some of the worst air pollution in the nation causing many New Jerseyans to suffer from respiratory diseases such as asthma New Jersey has some of the worst air pollution in the nation And we can t forget the lessons of Hurricane Sandy that we stand to suffer more than most if we don t tackle climate change head on said Senator Linda Greenstein Vice Chair of the Senate Environment Committee Wind power will help New Jersey clear the air reduce our contribution to global warming and create good paying local jobs that will benefit the economy But that will only happen if the Christie administration acts on its commitment to build off shore wind Time is running out for New Jersey to be an off shore wind leader If New Jersey is to meet the goals that were set out in the 2010 off shore wind bill and the New Jersey Energy Master Plan to build 1 100 MW Megawatts of new wind energy by 2020 the Board of Public Utilities BPU needs to finalize an off shore wind financing system similar to the state s solar program These next few months are a key moment for off shore wind because the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has already moved ahead with leases for off shore wind in other East Coast states and is poised to move forward for an auction for New Jersey s off shore leases in the next few months The state delays with its off shore wind program have added uncertainty to the process America is behind much of the world regarding off shore wind development It is past time to start catching up said Sen Jim Whelan D 2 Whether your motivation is the potential economic development if New Jersey becomes a hub for East Coast off shore wind or the environmental benefits of reducing our dependence on fossil fuel off shore wind is good for New Jersey The Fishermen s Energy pilot project a 25 megawatt wind turbine project located less than 3 miles off Atlantic City has been mired in a lengthy review by the Board of Public Utilities BPU This delay is has occurred despite the support of the New Jersey Division of the Rate Counsel which has granted its support to the project Off shore wind projects in New

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/report-highlights-environmental-benefits-wind-new-jersey-shore-wind-program-stuck-neutral (2016-05-01)
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  • We’re restoring Clean Water Act protections. | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    the EPA to close the Clean Water Act loopholes that have left hundreds of marshes and streams along our Shore and thousands of other critical waterways across the country at risk This spring they finally answered by proposing a rule to restore protections With your support we ll see this critical safeguard over the finish line and secure the biggest clean water victory for our Shore in more than a

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/results/njc/100000-strong-clean-water (2016-05-01)
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  • As Sandy Anniversary Nears, NJ Urged To Clean Up Climate-Altering Power Plant Pollution, Get Back In RGGI | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    dollars worth of private property and public infrastructure in the Newark New York metropolitan area within the century The more pollution the world emits the worse the problem will get New Jersey must do its part to reduce emissions of climate altering pollution Gov Christie has put climate action in New Jersey in a deep freeze and has taken us backwards Regardless of party our state leaders have an obligation to act to protect our children and grandchildren from the worst impacts of global warming New Jersey should take three main steps First New Jersey should follow through with the Global Warming Response Act set a goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent below 2006 levels by 2050 based on scientific evidence on the need to reduce pollution Second New Jersey should rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI a pioneering agreement to limit carbon pollution from power plants In February nine other Northeastern states announced a new agreement to make deeper cuts in power plant carbon emissions RGGI works By the end of the decade the program will prevent 86 to 91 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution That is the equivalent annual emissions from 16 million cars RGGI is helping to protect the world from the impacts of climate change But it is also having important local benefits It will provide participating states 3 8 billion in revenue to invest in clean energy solutions through 2020 which will reduce our dependence on fossil fuel increase economic output by 8 2 billion and create 123 000 job years of employment However New Jersey is sitting on the sidelines as Governor Chris Christie has pulled our state out of the program As a result we are missing out on the important environmental and economic benefits

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/sandy-anniversary-nears-nj-urged-clean-climate-altering-power-plant-pollution-get-back-rggi (2016-05-01)
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