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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

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/massive-conservation-coalition-calls-bold-action-advance-offshore-wind-power (2016-05-01)
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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://www.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://www.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://www.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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  • 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

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/report-reveals-nj%E2%80%99s-top-5-most-carbon-polluting-power-plants (2016-05-01)
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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

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/president-obama%E2%80%99s-climate-plan-clear-win-new-jersey (2016-05-01)
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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

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/new-report-says-global-warming-bring-more-extreme-weather (2016-05-01)
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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

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/new-jersey-sits-sidelines-northeast-states-plan-deeper-cuts-power-plant-pollution (2016-05-01)
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