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  • Paddling against the wind | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    with the Garden State s senators and representatives She spoke with her policy makers about the importance of the EPA Clean Water Rule which although not a silver bullet solution is the biggest step for clean water in more than a decade She pointed to Columbus Ohio as an example of the kinds of problems we re facing as a nation The water in that area is so full of nitrates and phosphorous that there s warnings that pregnant women shouldn t drink the water she said So now Columbus is recommending a 35 million dollar upgrade to their water treatment facility What Why not just stop the pollution Why not crack down on the polluters causing the problem Why are we letting big polluters get away with contaminating our water and then using the public s tax dollars to pay for the cleanup of that water During her journey this summer Pellegrino stayed with local residents including sailors fishermen and others that depend on clean water for their livelihood I was impressed with how well versed people are with their own waterways It s something they really care about she said No matter where they sit on the political spectrum the local residents I talked with are very concerned about water quality There are more fans for clean water then there are fans for elected politicians I wish our elected officials would remember that On Thursday Aug 6 Environment New Jersey hosted a welcome home party for Margo that included a celebratory paddle along Rancocas Creek a tributary of the Delaware River that provides drinking water for towns across Burlington County the U S Army base Fort Dix and is a source for the Delran intake which provides South Jersey with the vast majority of its surface drinking water

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/blogs/environment-america-blog/ame/paddling-against-wind (2016-05-01)
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  • Carbon Pollution Wild West No Longer: EPA Carbon Plan Inked, Huge Step on Climate To Tackle Fossil Fuel Plant Pollution | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    set to cut a higher percentage of its carbon than all but three other states by 2025 The EPA s Clean Power Plan is achievable and will create a net economic benefit Solar energy and wind energy are dropping in cost so fast they are already starting to take over In 2014 solar and wind provided more than half of all new electric generation capacity built in the U S said Lyle Rawlings President of the Mid Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association New Jersey is well positioned to meet its limits with increased development of clean energy for which it has vast potential Environment New Jersey Research Policy Research shows that New Jersey has enough solar potential to power the entire state 7 times over Generating 30 of the country s electricity from wind would also eliminate as much pollution as 4 2 million cars in New Jersey By developing New Jersey s abundant offshore wind resource the State can develop the new power generation it will need as coal and nuclear plants go offline can grow its economy with new jobs and investment while being carbon neutral and can stem the impact of climate change by moving towards an emission free grid We need the demonstration project in Atlantic City the final implementation of the OREC regulations and an open window for new project submissions at the BPU all of which can be done and done immediately said Paul Gallagher COO of Fishermen s Energy Heat waves extreme flooding and rising sea levels are just a few of the impacts of climate change New Jerseyans have begun to experience and Hurricane Sandy and Irene are just the most visible reminders New Jersey saw a 33 increase in storms with extreme precipitation between 1948 and 2011 Between 2007 and 2012 New Jersey counties suffered an average of 4 federally declared emergency disaster declarations from extreme weather which has only continued over the last 4 years Atlantic County was the worst with 9 federally declared disasters in the time period Scientists predict that without drastic cuts in global warming emissions these effects will likely become catastrophic Former NASA scientist Jim Hansen recently issued a paper arguing that a more intense climate feedback loop could mean a 10 foot high rise in global sea levels by 2050 More conservative estimates from Rutgers University researchers estimate a foot and a half of seal level rise in the next 35 years which would have devastating impacts for Shore communities The Clean Power Plan is also expected to bring public health benefits since cutting power plant pollution also reduces soot smog and other harmful pollutants that are responsible for respiratory illness and even premature deaths The U S Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the Clean Power Plan will save as many as 6 600 lives and prevent up to 150 000 asthma attacks each year In New Jersey alone 154 363 children and 544 513 adults in New Jersey reported having asthma in 2015 America

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/carbon-pollution-wild-west-no-longer-epa-carbon-plan-inked-huge-step-climate-tackle-fossil (2016-05-01)
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  • Super-Paddler Margo Pellegrino Welcomed At Rancocas Creek Homecoming After Paddling for 1,700 Miles for EPA Clean Water Rule | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    s journey has raised public awareness of the many threats to our country s waters The Clean Water Act has been the cornerstone of U S environmental protections ensuring that millions of Americans have access to safe drinking water as well as pollution free places for swimming fishing and hunting We must be as steadfast as Margo was on her 1 700 mile paddle in fighting to protect our nation s clean water said Sen Robert Menendez D NJ In late May the U S Environmental Protection Agency changed that when it finalized a rule to restore protections for the headwaters and streams and wetlands left in legal limbo The move was backed by 800 000 public comments including tens of thousands from New Jerseyans which included farmers small businesses along the Shore and sportsmen Margo is an inspiration for all of us But Margo s tireless efforts show that we can t kayak alone if we want to restore the Clean Water Act We need to move forward with strong state and federal actions and Margo has led that charge Clean water needs more friends and you couldn t ask for a better ally than Margo said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey Developers oil companies and other polluters however have waged a bitter campaign against the Clean Water Rule and their allies in Congress are still pushing this summer to overturn it The U S House voted in May to block the rule and the full Senate will likely not take up a similar measure by Sen John Barrasso R Wyo before their August recess begins by the end of the week Advocates are concerned the Senate Republican leadership could attach a repeal of the Clean Water Rule to a must pass budget bill We applaud Margo for her dedication and commitment for clean water and drawing attention to such an important issue Every year we see more threats to our waterways from toxic chemicals and over development We need to paddle forward to protect our most precious resources our drinking water and our waterways We need to adopt stricter standards for waterways while protecting these important drinking water sources Not only do we need to adopt the Water of the United States rule we need to do more While we are doing this the Christie Administration is rolling back protections like flood hazard rules weakening C1 protections and stream buffer requirements and allowing sewers in environmentally sensitive areas said Jeff Tittel Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club Instead of yacking about clean water Margo s kayaking and we are happy to see her drawing attention to the threats to clean water She might go out and kayak by herself but it will take all of us to work together and clean up the waterways By letting the public know our waters are at risk we can build public support We need to paddle the Christie Administration to protect our waterways The Clean Water Rule

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/super-paddler-margo-pellegrino-welcomed-rancocas-creek-homecoming-after-paddling-1700-miles (2016-05-01)
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  • Climate Contrasts: Same Day as EPA Clean Power Plan Finalized, Gov. Christie Formally Repealed NJ RGGI Climate Rule | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    this wrong headed regulatory decision via the Legislature by a majority vote as soon as possible RGGI has cut pollution by more than a third in the nine participating Northeast states while giving them a 1 3 billion economic boost from 2012 to 2014 according to recent reports by the Analysis Group and Acadia Center We have seen first hand the detrimental impacts of Governor Christie s decision to leave RGGI a program that would help reduce carbon pollution support economic development and help the state comply with the Clean Power Plan said Congressman Frank Pallone Jr NJ 6 Since Governor Christie s initial decision to withdraw New Jersey from RGGI the state has forgone over 100 million in revenue supported by RGGI Now with the withdrawal finalization he is trying to put the nail in the coffin Luckily the President s Clean Power Plan is the single most significant step the U S has taken to reduce carbon pollution and take action on climate change and it will directly address what Governor Christie is unwilling to face the negative impacts of carbon pollution from power plants on public health in New Jersey Despite its benefits Gov Christie withdrew New Jersey from RGGI in 2011 and hasn t enforced state rules capping the state s power plant emissions since Following the successful outcome of a lawsuit from Environment New Jersey and the Natural Resources Defense Council decided in March 2014 the Christie Administration was ordered to solicit public input on repealing the NJDEP rule that governs the pollution limits last summer By eliminating New Jersey s participation in RGGI Governor Christie is squandering critical investments in clean energy while selfishly standing in the way of job creation purely for political gain All of this comes on the heels of the announcement of President Obama s Clean Power Plan which marks a significant step forward in the fight against the threat of climate change Taking action now is crucial to ensuring our children and grandchildren will inherent a planet that is cleaner healthier and safer to live But the Governor chooses instead to abandon our responsibly to future generations said Rep Bill Pascrell D 9 That process showed overwhelming support for capping carbon pollution and remaining part of RGGI with the vast majority of the more than 5 000 of oral and written comments supporting the regional cap on power plant pollution This is in addition to the more than 60 000 public comments urging Gov Christie and the New Jersey Legislature to rejoin the RGGI program What the Governor did was shameful and hurts New Jersey financially and hurts our environment RGGI worked and the money collected from RGGI went out to help environmental programs expand renewable energy and help middle class families save money on their electric bills RGGI created more than 1 700 jobs and helped to reduce greenhouse gasses while growing our economy pulling out of RGGI cost New Jersey more then 40 million dollars a year

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/climate-contrasts-same-day-epa-clean-power-plan-finalized-gov-christie-formally-repealed-nj (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    at the Station Report More Research Policy Education Action News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center On Eve of Largest Climate March in History New Jersey Leaders Call for Action on Climate as New Report Reveals State s Most Carbon Polluting Power Plants As international leaders prepare for the UN Climate Summit next week in New York and New Jerseyans prepare to cross the Hudson on Sunday morning for the largest climate march in history a new report shows New Jersey s fossil fuel power plants dump as much carbon pollution into the atmosphere as the entire country of Guatemala Environmental advocates elected officials civic organizations public health groups and clean energy businesses argued the data strengthened the call to march for action on climate in New York and reduce carbon pollution from our power plants Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center America s Dirtiest Power Plants As international leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Summit next week in New York a new study shows America s power plants dump as much carbon pollution into the air any other country s entire economy except China Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center pointed to the report as evidence for why the Environmental Protection Agency s proposal for the nation s first ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants is a critical step in the international fight against global warming Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center New Report Outlines the Cost of Pulling Out of RGGI A new analysis shows that by declining to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI New Jersey is leaving real environmental and economic benefits on the table Other Northeast and Mid Atlantic states are requiring power companies to pay for the global warming pollution that they emit leading to reductions in pollution and generating billions to fund clean energy Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center New Jerseyans Demand Action on Climate Citizens Speak Out in Favor of RGGI Concerned citizens parents elected officials faith leaders clean energy business owners and environmental advocates gathered today to speak out against a Christie Administration proposal to repeal rules implementing a program to clean up global warming pollution from power plants the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey On Heels of Federal Proposed Sale of NJ Off Shore Wind Leases Report Shows The Immense Potential for Off Shore Wind off the Jersey Shore On the day the Department of Interior announced the proposed sale of leases for more than 343 000 acres off the Jersey Shore for off shore wind leasing a new report shows New Jersey could reap tremendous environmental and economic benefits from offshore wind of the Shore according to the National Wildlife Federation s report Catching the Wind State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power The report analyzes and compares the actions by Atlantic Coast states toward progress on offshore

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/home?page=9 (2016-05-01)
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  • Clean water not green water | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    process known as eutophication or the oversupply of nutrients The record breaking bloom of 2011 in Lake Erie was the impetus for a detailed report that includes strategies on how to keep it from happening again focusing on reducing nutrient pollution in the form of phosphorus into the lake A task force also found that Lake Erie received the most phosphorus of any of the Great Lakes nearly 50 percent of the total for all of the lakes with two thirds of that phosphorus from farm land The two reports also note that algal blooms were a massive problem in Lake Erie in the 60s and 70s but were curtailed by reducing and regulating phosphorous use That seemed to basically fix the problem with an occasional flair up into the 80s and early 90s only to reappear this decade worse than ever Toxic algae blooms are not an isolated problem to Ohio Whether its blue green algae in Lake Erie or the recent phenomenon of golden algae blooms in Texas algal blooms should be a concern for everyone that cares about clean water Along with concerns over drinking water contamination harmful algal blooms can also create dead zones that kill aquatic life raise treatment costs for drinking water and hurt businesses and jobs that depend on clean water It doesn t take a scientist to realize that algal blooms can be tough on fishing and tourism No one wants to swim fish or otherwise recreate in potentially toxic water that looks like pea soup or around a bunch of rotting fish carcasses Ultimately though the threat to clean drinking water is the primary concern and increased incidents of blooms contaminating drinking water prompted the Environmental Protection Agency in May to issue health advisories to protect Americans from algal toxins in

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/blogs/environment-america-blog/ame/clean-water-not-green-water (2016-05-01)
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  • The Path to Paris: Report Documents Long Road Ahead for NJ To Reduce Global Warming Pollution | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    report is an alarm bell going off In the first time in a decade under Christie we ve seen an increase in carbon pollution We ve seen solar jobs drop from 10 000 to 5 500 When he took office we were 2nd in the nation for solar installations and now we are 8th We were 8th for energy efficiency and now we ve moved down to 24th Christie has taken over a billion of dollars from the clean energy fund has pulled us out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative closed the Office of Climate Change eliminated climate mitigation programs at the NJDEP rolled back our goals for renewable energy master plan opposed the Obama Administration s Clean Power Plan and blocked offshore wind Governor Christie cares more about his national political agenda and raising money from the Koch Brothers than reducing carbon pollution in New Jersey said Jeff Tittel New Jersey Sierra Club Director The biggest slice of these reductions will come from the Clean Power Plan the proposed federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants expected to be finalized this summer The plan requires an 43 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants in New Jersey by 2030 and compels state leaders to accelerate the transition to clean energy sources such as wind and solar It s clear that neighboring states especially New York are leapfrogging ahead to tackle climate pollution said O Malley New Jersey is becoming the land that time forgot on climate policy we re the Rip van Winkel of the climate movement While New Jersey was ranked highly based on the Global Warming Response Act New York State was higher mainly because of the outsize role of RGGI in reducing pollution from fossil fuel plants In an announcement last week Gov Andrew Cuomo announced a New York Energy State Plan that would reduce global warming pollution 40 from 1990 levels by 2030 and mandate a renewable portfolio standard of 50 by 2030 and cutting building energy use by more than 20 by 2030 In anticipation of international climate talks in Paris calls for bold action to curb global warming pollution have ramped up in recent weeks from Pope Francis s encyclical to the Medical Journal The Lancet calling climate change a medical emergency Yesterday China announced a more aggressive goal as part of its climate plan for the Paris climate talks which will extend a reduction in carbon intensity to 60 to 65 percent by 2030 Already China has nearly reached its initial goal by last year with a 33 percent reduction below 2005 levels The announcement extended an initial partnership announced late last year by the Obama Administration and China where the U S pledged to lower its emissions by up to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 and China would work to peak its carbon emissions and then decline no later than 2030 The announcement yesterday by the U S and Brazil a carbon top 10 emitter

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/path-paris-report-documents-long-road-ahead-nj-reduce-global-warming-pollution (2016-05-01)
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  • Shining Rewards | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    s rapid expansion in the United States Net metering offsets costs for solar panel owners and credits them for providing excess power to the grid at a set price often the retail electricity rate equivalent to allowing consumers meters to run backwards Net metering is conceptually simple easy to administer and ensures that customers receive compensation that tracks with electricity prices over time Net metering also makes solar energy more economically attractive for residents and businesses Solar energy creates many benefits for the electricity grid Avoided energy costs Solar energy systems produce clean renewable electricity on site reducing the amount of electricity utilities must generate or purchase from fossil fuel fired power plants In addition solar photovoltaic PV systems reduce the amount of energy lost in generation long distance transmission and distribution These losses cost the country millions of dollars every year Avoided capital and capacity investment By reducing overall demand for electricity solar energy production helps ratepayers and utilities avoid the cost of investing in new power plants transmission lines and other forms of electricity infrastructure Reduced financial risks and electricity prices Because the price of solar energy tends to be stable over time while the price of fossil fuels can fluctuate sharply integrating more solar energy into the grid reduces consumers exposure to volatile fossil fuel prices Also by reducing demand for energy from the grid solar PV systems reduce its price saving money for all ratepayers Increased grid resiliency Increasing distributed solar PV decentralizes the grid potentially safeguarding people in one region from other areas that are experiencing problems Avoided environmental compliance costs Increasing solar energy capacity helps utilities avoid the costs of installing new technologies to clean up fossil fuel fired power plants or meeting renewable energy requirements Solar energy also creates valuable benefits for the environment and society at large Avoided greenhouse gas emissions In 2013 the electricity sector was the largest source of global warming emissions responsible for 31 percent of all total U S greenhouse gas pollution Generating energy from the sun provides a renewable source of energy that produces no greenhouse gas emissions Since 2007 solar energy has averted approximately 71 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions Reduces air pollution that harms public health According to the American Lung Association 44 percent of Americans live in a place where pollution often reaches dangerous levels Expanding the nation s ability to obtain clean electricity from the sun reduces our dependence on fossil fuels and lessens the amount of harmful emissions that flow into the air we breathe Creates jobs and spurs local economies The solar energy industry is growing rapidly creating new jobs and businesses across the nation In 2014 the solar energy industry added jobs at a rate 20 times that of the overall economy and economists predict that it will grow at a rate of 20 9 percent in 2015 The benefits solar homeowners provide to the grid and to society generally are often worth more than the benefits they

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/reports/nje/shining-rewards (2016-05-01)
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