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  • Report Reveals NJ’s Top 5 Most Carbon Polluting Power Plants | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    New Jersey we know firsthand global warming s devastating effects Last year Superstorm Sandy was made stronger by warmer ocean temperatures rising sea levels and even the unusual and destructive path of the storm was influenced by climate change While climate change is a global problem I consider it a very important local issue for New Jersey said U S Senator Robert Menendez who helped lead the fight for federal Sandy relief Key findings from the report include In New Jersey the top five most polluting power plants are PSEG s Bergen Generating Station in Ridgefield which puts out 2 457 012 metric tons of carbon pollution each year PSEG s Linden Generating Station in Linden which puts out 2 128 157 metric tons of carbon pollution each year Red Oak Power LLC in Sayreville which puts out 1 927 460 metric tons of carbon pollution each year PSEG s Hudson Generating Station right here in Jersey City puts out 1 760 636 metric tons of carbon pollution each year Cogen Technologies Linden Cogen Plant in Linden puts out 1 601 186 metric tons of carbon pollution each year The five most polluting power plants in New Jersey represent 65 of our power plant emissions but only 35 of the energy generated America s power plants are its single largest source of carbon pollution responsible for 40 percent of emissions nationwide The most carbon polluting power plant in the nation Georgia Power Company s Scherer Plant emits as much carbon pollution as 4 4 million cars This summer President Obama directed his Environmental Protection Agency EPA to propose limits on carbon pollution from new and existing power plants the largest single source of carbon pollution In a major step the EPA is expected to propose an updated rule for cutting carbon pollution from new power plants on September 20 Americans have submitted 3 2 million public comments in support of limiting carbon pollution from power plants The time to act is now We must support the Environmental Protection Agency s efforts to combat global warming including their work to develop carbon pollution limits for both new and existing plants said U S Senator Robert Menendez We also should act legislatively to renew and improve incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency and put a price on carbon so polluters pay for the damage they cause to our environment While nine northeast states that make up the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI announced efforts to make deeper cuts in power plant carbon emissions this spring New Jersey sits on the sidelines as Governor Chris Christie has pulled our state out of the program Chris Christie claims he acted in the name of fiscal responsibility in pulling out of RGGI but the fact of the matter is that sustaining our environment and advancing our economy can go hand in hand New Jersey should be leading the nation in efforts to reduce pollution I will continue to advocate for a comprehensive approach to

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  • President Obama’s Climate Plan a Clear Win for New Jersey | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Jersey All of us who have felt the effects of global warming or simply worried about what s in store for our kids should know that this is the plan from President Obama we ve been waiting for Left unchecked global warming is projected to bring to New Jersey more intense storms and more unhealthy air days as well as increased sea level rise and rising storm surges Scientists have warned that the window is rapidly closing for making the necessary cuts in carbon pollution to protect future generations from the worst consequences of global warming Despite these warnings Gov Christie has failed to act and has taken us backward on climate by pulling us out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative To respond to this threat the president s plan contains several key components It will Limit carbon pollution from new and existing power plants The president directed the Environmental Protection Agency to set limits on carbon pollution from new and existing power plants which currently lack any such federal limits despite being the largest single source of the carbon pollution fueling global warming Invest in energy efficiency New efficiency measures for buildings and new appliances will cut carbon pollution by reducing our overall energy demand Build more renewable energy The plan focuses on expanding production of clean renewable energy sources like wind and solar especially on public lands Support affected communities The president s plan will help ensure that communities are better equipped to prepare for and recover from the impacts of global warming Rebuild U S leadership internationally The president s plan calls for the U S to actively engage in international efforts to address global warming Environment New Jersey offered specific praise for the president s pledge to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants More

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  • New Report Says Global Warming to Bring More Extreme Weather: | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    NJ 6 and Belmar Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty and David Pringle of the New Jersey Environmental Federation in releasing the new report I have no doubt that these more severe and frequent storms like Sandy are a consequence of climate change I m afraid the 100 year storm is now a 10 year storm and New Jersey is in the line of fire said Congressman Frank Pallone Jr NJ 6 More frequent and intense storms rising sea level and ocean acidification all spell disaster for New Jersey and the state and the country must recognize these consequences of climate change and take bold action to mitigate the effects Dan DeRosa noted that every weather event is now a product of a climate system where global warming loads the dice for extreme weather though in different ways for different types of extreme weather While the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently concluded that it is virtually certain that hot days will become hotter and likely that extreme precipitation events will continue to increase worldwide there is less scientific consensus about the impact of global warming on events such as tornadoes Enough is enough The science was already clear but Sandy brought it all too close to home Climate change and sea level rise are real They are increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather said David Pringle campaign director with New Jersey Environmental Federation The only thing esoteric here are the skeptics the deniers and the I m not part of the solution it s not my problem crowd That kind of crowd is not welcome at the Jersey Shore They need to get their head out of the sand and help out or get out After seeing first hand the damage caused to the property and lives of families in Belmar I believe we must support initiatives and policies that address global warming said Mayor Matt Doherty of Belmar Congressman Frank Pallone has shown consistent leadership on this important environmental issue and I am proud to support his efforts Extreme weather is happening it is causing very serious problems and global warming increases the likelihood that we ll see even more extreme weather in the future said Dan DeRosa Carbon pollution from our power plants cars and trucks is fueling global warming and so tackling global warming demands that we cut emissions of carbon pollution from those sources Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center is calling on decision makers at the local state and federal level to cut carbon pollution by expanding efforts to clean up the largest sources of pollution shifting to clean renewable energy using less energy overall and avoiding new dirty energy projects that make the carbon pollution problem even worse The report was released two months after nine states announced a new agreement to make deeper cuts in power plant carbon emissions that would lead to a 20 percent reduction over the next decade States are now revising their rules in order to carry out

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  • New Jersey Sits on the Sidelines as Northeast States Plan Deeper Cuts in Power Plant Pollution | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Christie pulled the state from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI refusing to cooperate with the 9 other member states that were working to strengthen and improve the program Today the remaining nine member states stretching from Maine to Maryland announced improvements to RGGI a regional cap on carbon emissions following a year long review of the program RGGI is the nation s first cap on carbon from power plants which took effect in 2009 We applaud these officials for leading the way in tackling the pollution that contributes to global warming said Matt Elliott of Environment New Jersey Strengthening RGGI is one of the best ways we can lower the emissions that cause global warming It s a shame that Governor Christie chose to play politics over protecting the environment and pulled us out of RGGI just a year before it was strengthened to deliver even deeper pollution cuts Our neighboring states are doing the right thing and reducing their global warming pollution New Jersey sadly is sitting on the sidelines and missing the environmental and economic benefits of this program The proposal announced today would cap emissions from power plants in the region at current annual emission levels 91 million tons The cap would take effect in 2014 and tighten requiring emission reductions of 2 5 percent per year There was broad support from a broad range of stakeholder for strengthening the program Last year a coalition of more than 300 environmental and public health organizations consumer advocates and clean energy and mainstream businesses sent a letter to the states governors The letter highlighted RGGI s success to date and called for strengthening the program s pollution reduction targets and increasing investment in clean energy and energy efficiency measures that benefit the climate the economy public health and

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  • Wind Energy in New Jersey Will Prevent as Much Global Warming Pollution as Taking 376,482 Cars Off the Road Each Year | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    for a robust wind industry If New Jersey meets the goals that were set out in the 2010 Offshore Wind Economic Development Act and builds 1100 MW of new wind energy by 2020 global warming pollution will drop by as much as taking an additional 376 000 cars off the road This report underscores that wind energy is a win win for New Jersey but also makes clear that to get that win we have to act said Senate President Sweeney D Gloucester Cumberland Salem After Sandy everyone now realizes the need for upgrading our energy infrastructure from energy creation to distribution If New Jersey does not plant a flag for our wind energy industry it will be a tremendous setback for making our state a manufacturing hub And it will be a setback for creating good jobs and a setback for modernizing an antiquated energy infrastructure In addition to reducing harmful global warming pollution the report notes that bringing more offshore wind energy to New Jersey will significantly reduce harmful air pollution 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 The report also outlined that today s wind energy in New Jersey is delivering results for public health by avoiding 10 tons of both smog and soot pollution Senator Linda Greenstein Vice Chair of the Senate Environment Committee underscored the point saying We all know that New Jersey has some of the worst air pollution in the nation And in the wake of Hurricane Sandy we ve also seen that we stand to suffer more than most if we don t tackle climate change head on 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 I urge our leaders in Congress to support wind by extending federal tax credits for wind facilities New Jersey s successful development of wind energy results largely from the Renewable Portfolio Standard requiring utilities to provide 22 5 of their power from renewable energy by 2020 and the federal renewable energy Production Tax Credit PTC Wind energy now powers nearly 13 million homes across the country and is on its way to being cost competitive with traditional fossil fuels But the two key federal wind power incentives the production tax credit and the offshore wind investment tax credit expire at the end of the year Without these credits many planned wind farms will not be built leaving health and environmental benefits for New Jerseyans on the table Wind energy is a win for the economy a win for the environment and a win for New Jersey stated Senator Frank R Lautenberg a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee We will continue fighting in Congress to extend the wind production tax credit and support the kind of energy development that is needed to create jobs clean up the

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  • New Jersey Poised To Make History in the Race for Offshore Wind | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    at risk Offshore wind provides a cleaner way for New Jersey to meet its energy needs For years New Jersey s leaders have been laying the groundwork to ramp up offshore wind The U S Department of Interior s Smart from the Start initiative has identified an area off the coast of New Jersey in federal waters that is suitable for development and after a sound environmental and stakeholder review process has opened up the area to take lease proposals Developers have expressed interest on 11 proposals and leases will be granted through a competitive auction process In addition in July of this year Fisherman s Energy received its final permit for a 25 megawatt offshore wind project in state waters approximately three miles off the coast of Atlantic City For New Jersey offshore wind will be an important resource to help the state meet its goal of producing 22 5 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2021 New Jersey Audubon congratulates the National Wildlife Federation and the many partners who contributed to the production of this valuable report which calls for continued progress towards responsible offshore wind development in the Atlantic said Eric Stiles President and CEO of New Jersey Audubon We must move forward with appropriately sited offshore wind as a critical component of a broader strategy to mitigate climate change and protect our wildlife The Atlantic coast is an ideal location for appropriately sited offshore wind energy because of its high electricity demand and population density along the coast Along the Atlantic coast alone reaching the Department of Energy s DOE goal of 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power would reduce carbon pollution by the equivalent of taking roughly 18 million cars off the road Meeting this benchmark would also generate 200 billion in

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  • Broad Range of Stakeholders Call on Northeast Governors, Including Christie, to Improve Successful Clean Energy and Anti-Pollution Program | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    from nine of the ten RGGI states are currently evaluating options for improving the program as part of a review process established when the program was launched Currently New Jersey is no longer at the table as Governor Christie abandoned the program in December 2011 RGGI as it evolves is vital to addressing climate change New Jersey s withdrawal from RGGI is sinful and we call on the Governor to repent and to work with other states to strengthen RGGI for the future said Rev Fletcher Harper Executive Director of GreenFaith Independent analysis has shown that RGGI s impact on the economies of participating states has been positive adding 151 million to New Jersey s economy and creating 1 800 jobs New Jersey is missing out on creating new green jobs economic growth and pollution reductions because the Governor pulled out of RGGI at a time when our economy could use a shot in the arm and when people deserve a break on energy costs We are losing millions of dollars in funding for weatherization and energy efficiency We are losing out on thousands of jobs and the reduction of millions of tons of pollution These benefits are going to the other states in the region that are part of RGGI putting us at an economic disadvantage The Governor cannot have a Jersey comeback by pulling out of RGGI said Jeff Tittel Director of the NJ Sierra Club Initial projections have shown that updating the program s targets to deliver a 15 reduction in carbon dioxide pollution by 2020 would help address the health impacts of climate change and would avoid thousands of tons of toxic emissions linked to smog ground level ozone and related health impacts The 20 reduction called for in the letter would deliver greater benefits Charging

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  • New Report: Extreme Rainstorms and Snowstorms Up 33 Percent in NJ | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    other parts of Monmouth County on July 28th 2012 as an illustration of what more extreme rainstorms and snowstorms could mean for the state That brought heavy rain and winds causing power outages for thousands in Central Jersey The new Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center report When It Rains It Pours Global Warming and the Increase in Extreme Precipitation from 1948 to 2011 examines trends in the frequency of and the total amount of precipitation produced by extreme rain and snow storms across the contiguous United States from 1948 to 2011 Using data from 3 700 weather stations and a methodology originally developed by scientists at the National Climatic Data Center and the Illinois State Water Survey the report identifies storms with the greatest 24 hour precipitation totals at each weather station and analyzes when those storms occurred The report also examines trends in the amount of precipitation produced by the largest annual storm at each weather station Nationally the report found that storms with extreme precipitation increased in frequency by 30 percent across the contiguous United States from 1948 to 2011 Moreover the largest annual storms produced 10 percent more precipitation on average At the state level 43 states show a significant trend toward more frequent storms with extreme precipitation while only one state Oregon shows a significant decline Key findings for New Jersey and the region include Extreme rainstorms and snowstorms are becoming more frequent New Jersey experienced a 33 percent increase in the frequency of extreme rainstorms and snowstorms from 1948 to 2011 In other words heavy downpours or snowstorms that happened once every 12 months on average in 1948 now happen every 9 on average Storms with extreme precipitation increased in frequency by 85 percent in the Northeast region during the period studied The region ranks 1st nationwide for the largest increase in the frequency of storms with heavy precipitation The biggest rainstorms and snowstorms are getting bigger The amount of precipitation released by the largest annual storms in New Jersey increased by 22 percent from 1948 to 2011 Elliott was careful to note that an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme rainstorms does not mean more water will be available for human use Hotter temperatures fuel extreme rainstorms by increasing rates of evaporation At the same time however that evaporation increases soil dryness Moreover scientists expect that as global warming intensifies longer periods with relatively little precipitation will tend to mark the periods between heavy rainstorms As a result droughts are likely to become more frequent and severe in some regions of the United States Currently more than half of the lower United States is suffering through prolonged drought aggravated by the fact that the last six months have been the hottest January June period on record According to the most recent science the United States must reduce its total global warming emissions by at least 35 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and by at least 85 percent by 2050

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