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Electric Buses Report Bolsters Call To Electrify NJ Transit Bus Fleet

  • If New Jersey Transit transitioned its entire fleet of transit buses to all-electric vehicles, it could significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions each year and reduce toxic air pollution that creates a public health hazard. A new report from Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group, Electric Buses: Clean Transportation for Healthier Neighborhoods and Cleaner Air, shows that a transition to electric buses for NJ Transit could avoid climate-altering and localized air pollution each day without losing reliability. 
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Trump Administration’s Dirty Power Plan A Kiss-Off to NJ

Today, President Trump and Acting EPA Administrator Wheeler announced plans to reverse the Clean Power Plan and replace it with their Dirty Power Plan. The Obama era Clean Power Plan was set to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 32% by 2030, improving public health and helping the nation to stave off the worst impacts of global warming. The new replacement plan is expected to flatline or even allow an increase in the burning of dirty, dangerous fossil fuels and stymie the transition of the power sector to clean, renewable energy.

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Trump Administration To Carjack EPA Clean Car Standards, Attempt To Eliminate Ability of New Jersey & Other Clean Car States To Set Stronger Emission Standards

The Trump administration announced new vehicle emission guidelines which roll back the existing Clean Car Standards, betraying the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)’s stated mission of protecting human health and the environment. If fully implemented, this regressive move would eliminate our nation’s best climate change mitigation program, which is cutting future carbon emissions more effectively than any other federal policy.

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Trouble in the Air Report: NJ Public Health At Risk Across State from Dirty Air Days

As the Trump administration considers weakening federal air quality and global warming emissions standards, air pollution remains a huge threat to New Jersey’s public health. According to a new report by Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center, metropolitan areas across the state experienced an average of 91 days of degraded air quality in 2016, or roughly three months, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts

Report | Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center

Trouble in the Air

People across America and New Jersey regularly breathe unhealthy air that increases their risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts. Levels of air pollution that meet current federal air quality standards can be harmful to health, especially with prolonged exposure.  Metropolitan and micropolitan areas across New Jersey experienced more than 100 days on which smog and/or particulate pollution was “moderate” or higher – in other words, above the level that the EPA has determined presents “little to no risk.”
 

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Tax Bill Threatens America’s Environment

Today, the House of Representatives is voting on a tax bill that would open America’s unspoiled Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling and maintain billions in tax breaks for fossil fuel producers.

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As Election Day Approaches, Environment New Jersey Releases Gubernatorial, Legislative & Mayoral Race Endorsements

Environment New Jersey today announced its full slate of endorsements for the gubernatorial race, state legislative elections, two mayoral races this year and Ballot Question 2, as it prepares to launch a get out the vote and voter education push state-wide and in key legislative races leading up to Election Day on Tuesday, November 7.

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Less Shelter from the Storm: Trump & Congressional Budgets Put New Jersey at Risk

After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma recently pummeled our coasts, Environment New Jersey warned that pending budget proposals from the Trump Administration and Congress threaten key programs that protect our communities from storm- related impacts.  The group documented threats to programs that prevent or curb flooding, sewage overflows and leaks from toxic waste sites. Environment New Jersey also called for preventing more global warming-fueled extreme weather in the future. 

Report | Environment New Jersey

Less Shelter from the Storm: An Analysis of How Federal Budget Proposals Put New Jersey at Risk

Environment New Jersey analyzed the FY 2018 budget proposed by President Trump in the spring of 2017 and the current House and Senate appropriations bills and their impact on programs that protect communities from storm-related impacts. Overall, the Trump administration proposes a 31% ($2.6 billion) budget decrease for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- the primary agency for protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink, and reducing our exposure to toxic chemicals. The administration’s proposal also specifically proposed eliminating or cutting important clean water, coastal protection and slashing toxic waste cleanup programs. To date, the House has also proposed steep but slightly smaller cuts to the EPA of $528 million. The House spending bills also include several harmful legislative “riders,” including one that targets the Clean Water Rule, which protects flood-absorbing wetlands. The House bill also cuts important coastal protection programs and initially slashed clean water grants to states.

Report | Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center

Our Health at Risk

Despite decades of progress under the Clean Air Act, Americans across the country continue to breathe unhealthy air, leading to increased risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

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