News Release | Environment New Jersey

Broad Range of Stakeholders Call on Northeast Governors, Including Christie, to Improve Successful Clean Energy and Anti-Pollution Program

New Jersey organizations today joined more than 300 others in calling on Governor Christie and other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic governors to build on progress reducing pollution and promoting clean energy by improving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  The coalition – which includes environmental and public health organizations, consumer advocates, and clean energy and mainstream businesses – highlighted RGGI’s success to date.  In addition, they called on governors to strengthen the program’s pollution reduction targets and increase local investments in clean energy and energy efficiency measures that benefit the climate, the economy, public health, and energy consumers.

News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

New Report: Extreme Rainstorms and Snowstorms Up 33 Percent in NJ

Just days a series of severe storms ripped through Central Jersey, leading to severe rains and flooding that devastated the town of Freehold, a new Environment New Jersey report confirms that extreme rainstorms and snowstorms are happening 33 percent more frequently in New Jersey since 1948.  The Central Jersey storm followed a June 29th storm that brought high winds and rain to Southern Jersey, now considered one of the most destructive and severe thunderstorms in the region’s history.  206,000 people in Atlantic, Cumberland, and Salem counties lost power following the June 29th storm.

News Release | Environment New Jersey

Despite Record-Breaking Heat and Numerous Bad Air Days, Gov. Christie Vetoes Clean Air Bill

Gov. Christie has again vetoed a bill to continue New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – originally a 10-state program designed to reduce harmful power plant pollution, make polluters pay for their emissions, and invest those payments in local clean energy programs.

Gov. Christie pulled the state from the program last December.  The New Jersey Legislature, having received over 60,000 public comments in support of the program, has now twice passed legislation (S1322) to keep New Jersey in RGGI.  The program’s main opponent is the Tea Party-affiliated group Americans for Prosperity – a group funded by out of state fossil fuel interests, including the multi-billionaire Koch Brothers.

News Release | Environment New Jersey

NJ’s Solar Energy Economy Gets a Boost

At the end of June, and just days before their summer recess, the New Jersey Legislature had passed a bill (S1925 / A2966) that will help further grow New Jersey’s successful and booming solar energy industry.  Governor Christie signed that bill today and Matt Elliott, Environment New Jersey’s Clean Energy Advocate, issued a statement applauding the move.

News Release | Environment New Jersey

Electric Vehicles are Ready to Roll in New Jersey

Environment New Jersey's report, Charging Forward: The Emergence of Electric Vehicles and Their Role in Reducing Oil Consumption, says that over 13,100 drivers in New Jersey could purchase their first plug-in vehicle within the next three years.  Overall these vehicles will reduce New Jersey’s global warming pollution by almost 20 thousand metric tons per year.  If the plug-in vehicles are powered by clean sources of electricity, these savings will rise to nearly 55 thousand metric tons per year.

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