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    and affordable NJ For Transit Stuck at the Station Report More Research Policy Education Action 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 Keep Reading Blog Post Time to ban the beads Russell Bassett We all want our teeth to be clean after brushing and our bodies to be clean after showering but did you know the products used in these everyday activities could be harming wildlife Hundreds of commonly used household products contain tiny plastic microbeads which can be a big problem for our environment Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Commuters Advocates Protest NJ Transit Fare Increases Warn of Future Fare Hikes Because of Tranit Funding Crisis As NJ Transit prepares to hike fares on its rail and bus lines by 9 percent this Thursday commuters and advocates challenged Gov Christie and the Legislature to act to prevent further fare hikes and additional service cuts The October 1 fare hikes follow service cuts rolled out through September NJ Transit approved the hikes and cuts in July after the Legislature and Gov Christie failed to adequately support NJ Transit in the 2016 budget Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Clean and Green Forum Puts Focus on Capital City in Debate on PennEast Pipeline Fracking and the Green Job Economy A week after PennEast officially applied to FERC to build a massive gas pipeline through Central Jersey the League of Women Voters of New Jersey the Citizens Campaign and Environment New Jersey organized an educational forum in Trenton to discuss the potential impact of the PennEast Pipeline and fracking in the Delaware River watershed on Trenton s drinking water as well as the economic benefits of long term green jobs Keep Reading 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 more than 40 from New Jersey urging them to continue their leadership in developing wind

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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    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 News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Tired of Waiting Feds Move Forward On Off Shore Wind Leases Off the Jersey Shore The Department of Interior announced this morning the final notice of sale of leases for close to 344 000 acres off the Jersey Shore for off shore wind development The competitive lease sale has been scheduled a month and a half from now on Monday November 9 and 13 companies have qualified to bid on the two leases for sale The announcement comes after last summer s proposed notice of sale and an extensive public comment period and five years after the signing by Gov Christie of the Off Shore Wind Economic Development Act Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Gov Christie Attempts To Duck EPA Clean Power Plan but Can t Ignore Climate Change The Christie Administration s decision to request a stay from the EPA s Clean Power Plan to rein in carbon pollution was criticized by Environment New Jersey The group argued New Jersey is on the front lines of climate change and needs to be a leader not a laggard and that EPA s Clean Power Plan is a sensible step to rein in carbon pollution from our power plants Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center EPA Clean Water Rule To Take Effect Tomorrow Protecting Wetlands More than 4 000 Miles of New Jersey Streams Developers can no longer pave over wetlands and oil companies can no longer dump into streams unheeded thanks to the Obama Administration s Clean Water Rule that takes effect tomorrow The action will protect the streams that feed the Delaware River and the Shore as well as drinking water sources for 1 in 3 Americans and more than half of New Jersey residents Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Shelter from the Storm New Jersey s wetlands protect our homes and businesses from damaging flooding while helping to clean our water and provide habitat for wildlife To safeguard our wetlands we need to ensure that they enjoy the full protection of the federal Clean Water Act Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center On 5th Anniversary of Gov Christie s own Off Shore Wind Bill Advocates Legislators Businesses Officials Urge an End to the Delay on Off Shore Wind More than 40 organizations legislators businesses unions and local officials delivered a letter to Gov Christie today urging him to make offshore wind power which has vast potential in New Jersey a key part of the state s energy supply on the 5 year anniversary of his signing the Off Shore Wind Economic Development Act OWEDA into law Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6

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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Policy Center Off Shore Wind Letter to Gov Christie Keep Reading Blog Post Paddling against the wind Russell Bassett For Margo Pellegrino who recently completed a 1 700 mile journey from New York to Chicago in an outrigger canoe advocating for clean water can be like paddling against the wind on a windy day Now that she s back home in Medford Lakes N J she s not slowed down any in her quest to protect our waterways and ensure clean water for all Americans Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Carbon Pollution Wild West No Longer EPA Carbon Plan Inked Huge Step on Climate To Tackle Fossil Fuel Plant Pollution Fossil fuel power plants will pollute 32 percent less nationwide by 2030 and clean energy sources such as solar wind and energy efficiency will meet more of the state s electricity needs according to limits on carbon pollution finalized today that are central to President Obama s plan to address climate change Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Super Paddler Margo Pellegrino Welcomed At Rancocas Creek Homecoming After Paddling for 1 700 Miles for EPA Clean Water Rule A crowd of citizen activists and environmental advocates gathered today along the Rancocas Creek in the heart of the Pinelands to help officially welcome back Margo Pellegrino from a barnstorming 1 700 mile paddle from Newark to Chicago this summer and to urge the speedy implementation of EPA s Clean Water Rule Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Climate Contrasts Same Day as EPA Clean Power Plan Finalized Gov Christie Formally Repealed NJ RGGI Climate Rule On the same day that President Obama finalized the nation s biggest step to cut global warming pollution Gov Chris Christie quietly moved New Jersey in the opposite direction on Monday The

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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Station Report More Research Policy Education Action Blog Post Clean water not green water Russell Bassett Last year at this time the toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie caused nearly half a million people in and around Toledo Ohio to be without safe drinking water Clean water from our taps is something that many of us take for granted but if we don t protect our water sources like the residents of Toledo discovered we won t be able to take it for granted anymore Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center The Path to Paris Report Documents Long Road Ahead for NJ To Reduce Global Warming Pollution New Jersey once poised to play a major role in U S progress to address climate change is falling behind neighboring states in reducing carbon pollution by 2025 mainly because of its decision to pull out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI The state still ranks highly because of the 2007 Global Warming Response Act signed into law almost exactly eight years ago but the Christie Administration has failed to implement the law The report says if implemented New Jersey would see a reduction of 42 million metric tons of global warming pollution which ranks 6th in the nation in reductions Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Path to the Paris Climate Conference U S action to cut pollution is a critical step on the path to the Paris climate talks To deliver on President Obama s pledge to reduce emissions and secure America s leadership officials at all levels of government must follow through on existing policies including the Clean Power Plan and defend them against attack Meeting the president s pledge will also require the United States to do more to reduce emissions of other global warming pollutants beyond carbon dioxide Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Shining Rewards Solar energy is on the rise in across the nation and in New Jersey Net energy metering has been instrumental in the growth of solar energy particularly on homes and businesses Net energy metering enables solar panel owners to earn fair compensation for benefits they provide to other users of the electricity grid and makes going solar an affordable option for more people A review of 11 recent analyses shows that individuals and businesses that decide to go solar generally deliver greater benefits to the grid and society than they receive through net metering Keep Reading 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

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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    it s the future engine of success for our state with the potential to create a stronger economy cleaner environment and more equitable transportation options 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 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 News Release Environment New Jersey Earth Day Hike Inspects Forest Targeted for Great Adventure s Solar Project Clearcutting Under overcast Earth Day skies a group of advocates Jackson Township residents and Gov Jim Florio hiked on adjacent property to the 90 acres of forested land that Great Adventure is proposing to clearcut to build the largest solar installation in the state to examine the condition of the targeted woods and urge Great Adventure to reconsider the siting of the solar installation Keep Reading 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 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 Research Policy Center State Decisionmakers Call on New Jersey To Go 20 Solar by 2025 New Jersey should set a goal of generating 20 percent of its electricity from solar energy by 2025 urges a letter co signed by a bipartisan group of 72 freeholders state legislators mayors and councilpersons The signers represent 40 towns in 17 counties The signers include both Republican and Democratic decision makers highlighting the bipartisan support for solar Keep Reading Pages first previous 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next last Featured Staff Doug O Malley Director Read more about our staff Research Policy Results Less toxic mercury in our water air and bodies After our research helped shine a media spotlight on the health problems mercury can cause

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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    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 News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center New Wind Report Builds Case for Moving Forward with Off Shore Wind in NJ Legislative Leaders Call Out BPU for Fishermen s Energy Denial Delay The carbon pollution from at least nine entire fossil fuel plants could be eliminated in New Jersey if wind power supplied 30 percent of the nation s electricity needs according to a new analysis by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center The analysis comes as Fishermen s Energy appeals the Board of Public Utilities decision to reject an off shore wind project off Atlantic City through the New Jersey Superior Court and more than 4 years after Gov Christie signed off shore wind legislation into law Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center More Wind Less Warming American wind power already produced enough energy in 2013 to power 15 million homes Continued rapid development of wind energy would allow the renewable resource to supply 30 percent of the nation s electricity by 2030 providing more than enough carbon reductions to meet the U S Environmental Protection Agency s proposed Clean Power Plan Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey New Jersey Solar Businesses Ready to Roll with Clean Power Twenty New Jersey solar businesses issued a letter to the White House today endorsing limits on carbon pollution from power plants and advocating that solar energy become a focal point of the U S Environmental Protection Agency s proposed Clean Power Plan Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Environmental Groups Homeowners Sue NJDEP For Approving Massive Dredge Spoil Pile within the Barnegat Bay Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Ecosystem Two of New Jersey s largest environmental organizations Environment New Jersey and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation joined a group of homeowners to announce the filing of a lawsuit in Superior Court Appellate Division challenging decisions by the Department of Environmental Protection DEP to authorize construction of a massive dredge spoil facility to be located on Dock Road in Eagleswood Township Ocean County Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center The Dirtiest Power Plants How America s Dirtiest Power Plants Drive Global Warming Pollution America s power plants are among the leading global sources of the dangerous carbon pollution that is fueling global warming Devastating droughts such as the one in California massive wildfires increased threats to coastal areas due to sea level rise and an increase in extreme rainfall are among the impacts that science tells us will become more frequent and severe unless the United States and the world take action now to reduce carbon pollution Keep Reading Pages first previous 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 next last Featured Staff Doug O Malley

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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    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 Research Policy Center A Program that Works The Northeast faces two fundamental and intertwined challenges fossil fuel dependence and pollution from fossil fuels Our dependence on coal oil and gas imposes economic costs pollutes our air and water and harms public health It also contributes to global warming which threatens the future of our coastal cities with sea level rise the future of our beloved ecosystems with the loss of habitats and species and the well being of our people with extreme weather events and new threats to public health Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center America on the Move The impact of state level actions to reduce global warming pollution is significant on a global scale Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center An Unfamiliar State Local Impacts of Global Warming in New Jersey Global warming poses a serious threat to the future of New Jersey s environment economy and the health and welfare of its citizens Global warming will impact every corner of the state If global warming pollution across the world continues to rise New Jersey will be a different place in 100 years with an altered coastline greater extremes of rainfall and drought higher levels of smog in parts of the state and shifts in the plant and animal species that call New Jersey home Keep Reading Pages first previous 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Featured Staff Doug O Malley Director Read more

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  • Doug O'Malley | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    warming fast tracking New Jersey s clean energy economy through expansion of solar off shore wind and energy efficiency and fighting against the expansion of fossil fuel projects around the state As a clean water advocate he ran successful campaigns to protect some of the state s largest reservoirs and rivers from development close to their banks and directed citizen outreach offices coordinating a staff of 20 to educate more

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