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  • Reports | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    more about In the Path of the Storm Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center A Double Success The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI is a central strategy in the Northeastern states efforts to protect the region from global warming The program which took effect in 2009 has succeeded in cutting carbon dioxideemissions and demonstrating the effectiveness of cap and trade as a global warming solution while helping to sustain a growing regional economy Now nine Northeastern states are considering strengthening RGGI to drive additional reductions in global warming pollution Strengthening RGGI would be a win win for the Northeast making an important contribution toward protecting the region from global warming while speeding the transition to a clean energy future Read more about A Double Success Report Environment New Jersey Wind Power for a Cleaner America As Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath prompt more New Jerseyans to call for action to tackle global warming and the rise in extreme weather Environment New Jersey released a new report that shows that New Jersey s current power generation from wind energy displaces as much global warming pollution as taking 2000 cars off the road per year A 2010 law passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Christie will bring far more wind power to New Jersey over the next decade significantly reducing global warming pollution and cutting the state s reliance on fossil fuels Environment New Jersey was joined by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Senator Linda Greenstein Vice Chair of the Senate Environment Committee in releasing the report Wind Power for a Cleaner America Reducing Global Warming Pollution Cutting Air Pollution and Saving Water The report touts wind energy s environmental benefits to date as well as future benefits if wind power continues to grow The speakers urged Congress to

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  • Reports | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    s reliance on gasoline powered vehicles has long contributed to air pollution including global warming emissions and our nation s dependence on oil In the past decade however the automobile market has begun to change integrating new technologies that are dramatically less dependent on gasoline Electric vehicles have arrived and will provide extensive environmental benefits Increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road will yield even greater cuts in pollution and oil use Read more about Charging Forward The Emergence of Electric Vehicles and Their Role in Reducing Oil Consumption Report Environment New Jersey A Record of Leadership Over the last decade northeastern states have built a track record of successful action to reduce global warming pollution By working together across state lines and partisan divides and developing innovative new policies to hasten the transition to a clean energy economy the Northeast has succeeded in cutting emissions while safeguarding the region s economic health Between 2000 and 2009 the 10 northeastern states1 that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI cut per capita carbon dioxide emissions 20 percent faster than the rest of the nation even as the region s gross product per capita grew 87 percent faster than the rest of the United States The region is on pace to achieve the ambitious emission reduction goals set over the last decade Much more remains to be done to protect the region from the impacts of global warming but the experience of the past decade provides hope that smart policies and an ethic of cooperation can result in a rapid reduction in global warming pollution even as the region s economy continues to grow Read more about A Record of Leadership Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Wasting our Waterways 2012 Industrial facilities dumped 8 5

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  • Reports | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    are cutting pollution benefiting energy consumers and creating new economic opportunities Read more about Benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Report A Tale of Two Shores Read more about A Tale of Two Shores 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 Read more about A Program that Works Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center A Tale of Two Shores Trenton As the debate on a state wide fertilizer bill intensifies and as the state prepares to issue its recommendations for Barnegat Bay Environment New Jersey released The Shore At Risk The Threats Facing New Jersey s Coastal Treasures and What It Will Take To Address Them documenting the ecological and water

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  • Reports | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    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 If we act now there is still time to prevent many of the worst impacts of global warming New Jersey must do its share to reduce global warming pollution and set

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  • Reports | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    transit system that is reliable and affordable Read more about Stuck at the Station Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Turning to the Wind Wind power continues to grow as a source of clean energy across America The United States generated 26 times more electricity from wind power in 2014 than it did in 2001 But off shore wind s potential still remains relatively untapped especially off the Atlantic With the extension of clean energy tax credits wind power can play a vital role in reducing carbon pollution under EPA s Clean Power Plan and the transition to a clean energy economy Read more about Turning to the Wind Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Shining Cities America s major cities have played key roles in the clean energy revolution and stand to reap significant benefits from solar energy adoption As population hubs they are home to the largest electricity markets and can have an important influence on the way we power our grid The report highlights top regional solar cities which includes Newark and makes policy recommendations on how cities can expand solar Read more about Shining Cities 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 Read more about Shelter from the Storm 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

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  • Get Started with a Home Energy Audit | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    will present you with a range of options to improve the energy performance of your home or building An easy to use reference guide with links to qualified auditors in your region visit Energy Upgrade California at https energyupgradeca org overview After your audit it s time to get started Work your way down the list as you make improvements and want to do more The more you do the more you save Click on the links to learn more about each of the kinds of improvements starting with things you can do on your own right now Ten low or no cost things you can do right now to save money on your utility bills no professional help needed Seal up places in your home where air leaks Improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling equipment Recycle old energy guzzling appliances and or replace with an energy sipping model Generate your own clean renewable energy Retrofitting your home is an investment that will pay dividends in energy savings for years to come By participating in a retrofit program you also become part of a broader vision of sustainable buildings in America as we move toward a goal of

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  • Clearing the Air | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    health and other benefits were not factored it The study concluded RGGI has added 151 million in value to New Jersey s economy RGGI has supported 1 772 local jobs in New Jersey RGGI saves consumers money Contrary to assertions that RGGI will increase utility bills the same analysis found that RGGI reduced the average utility bill for all ratepayers in New Jersey and across the region Because RGGI funds are invested in state level clean energy and energy efficiency programs the program delivered real utility bill savings for every electric customer in the state over the 3 year study period including residential commercial and industrial customers These savings will grow if the program continues to operate in a similar manner OVER Residential customers have realized a 25 savings in electric costs Commercial customers have realized 181 in savings Industrial customers have realized 2 493 in savings RGGI benefits the environment RGGI represents New Jersey s only tool to directly control CO2 emissions from power plants Without this tool polluters would be allowed to pollute without any economic repercussions that reflect the significant environmental and public health impacts of CO2 As a double bang for the buck RGGI brings revenue to New Jersey that can then be spent on additional pollution saving programs As a result of this new revenue stream RGGI has helped 12 major New Jersey businesses and institutions install state of the art clean energy projects including solar arrays and new energy saving efficient equipment RGGI funded clean energy projects now produce enough clean energy to offset the energy demand of 20 000 New Jersey homes each year Pollution is down across the state with 84 000 tons of CO 2 now being avoided each year RGGI is a bi partisan effort This program should never be

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  • Testimony in Defense of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    10 F by the end of the century and impacts will become more severe For example Heat waves will become much more common increasing the risk of heat related illness and damaging our agriculture The number of days above 90 degrees could more than double by 2050 with parts of the state experiencing more than a dozen such days in a typical year Increased heat will shorten the ski season and damage the fall foliage season reducing tourism income in the state Scientists anticipate that if we do not alter course sea levels could rise by as much as 6 feet by 2100 Sea level rise on that scale would make Sandy scale coastal flooding an annual or bi annual event dramatically reshape the Eastern Seaboard and displace hundreds of thousands of people from their communities How bad the problem gets depends on how quickly and how deeply humanity can reduce emissions of global warming pollution Major Reductions in Global Warming Pollution Are Urgently Necessary Science is clear about what we need to do to avoid the worst consequences of global warming stabilize worldwide emissions of the pollutants that cause global warming by the end of the decade and reduce them by more than half by mid century For the United States and other developed countries emission reductions must occur more quickly and more steeply with reductions of 25 to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 to 95 percent by 2050 New Hampshire Helped to Create the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative A Groundbreaking Program Designed to Clean Up Power Plants New Hampshire s leaders recognized that cleaning up power plants would be an important part of meeting its climate targets That s why the state helped to create the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI The state worked with nine other northeast states from Maryland to Maine across geographic and partisan divides to craft this groundbreaking program and accelerate the shift to clean energy The program originated in 2003 when New York Governor George Pataki a Republican circulated a letter to the governors of 10 other northeastern states calling for the creation of a regional agreement to reduce global warming pollution from their states New Hampshire joined eight other states Connecticut Delaware Maine Massachusetts New Jersey New York Rhode Island and Vermont to develop a cap and trade program for power plants By joining together northeastern governors knew that their states could achieve greater results in the drive toward clean energy and do so at lower cost than they ever could ever achieve separately In addition to ensuring that power plant carbon emissions decline over time RGGI generates revenue that states can use to benefit citizens RGGI Is a Proven Success 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 To date the program has generated more than 1 billion in auction revenues that states have

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