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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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  • Reports | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    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 Read more about More Wind Less Warming 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 Read more about America s Dirtiest Power Plants 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 Read more about The Dirtiest Power Plants How America s Dirtiest Power Plants Drive Global Warming Pollution Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Driving Cleaner America s and New Jersey s dependence on gasoline as a transportation fuel worsens global warming and threatens public

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  • Reports | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    water America s wind power capacity has quadrupled in the last five years and thanks to wind energy America uses less water for power plants and produces less climate altering carbon pollution We have vast wind energy resources and there is still plenty of room for growth especially for off shore wind But the pending expiration of the federal renewable energy production tax credit and investment tax credit threatens the future expansion of wind power To protect the environment New Jersey and the federal government should continue and expand policies that support wind energy Read more about Wind Power for a Cleaner America Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Fracking by the Numbers Over the past decade the oil and gas industry has fused two technologies hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in a highly polluting effort to unlock oil and gas in underground rock formations across the United States This report seeks to quantify some of the key impacts of fracking to date including the production of toxic wastewater water use chemicals use air pollution land damage and global warming emissions Read more about Fracking by the Numbers Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Fracking by the Numbers Over the past decade the oil and gas industry has fused two technologies hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in a highly polluting effort to unlock oil and gas in underground rock formations across the United States This report seeks to quantify some of the key impacts of fracking to date including the production of toxic wastewater water use chemicals use air pollution land damage and global warming emissions Read more about Fracking by the Numbers Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Lighting the Way What We Can Learn from America s Top 12 Solar States Solar energy

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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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