Environment New Jersey has delivered a petition with over 2,000 New Jersey residents weighing in strongly with the Pinelands Commission and Governor Christie opposing the South Jersey Gas massive gas Pinelands pipeline project & Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). This gas pipeline would tear a scar through the ecological heart of the Pinelands & damage the credibility of the Pinelands Commission.
With critical federal tax incentives set to expire on December 31, over 10 legislators, including both Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-21), faith leaders and renewable energy coalitions joined Environment New Jersey, the National Wildlife Federation and over 230 other organizations and elected officials Wednesday to urge the Obama administration to take swift, bold action to facilitate the development of offshore wind power.
New Jersey has the potential to reap huge environmental benefits from the development of offshore wind, according to a new report released by Environment New Jersey. If state and federal officials commit to continued progress in launching New Jersey’s offshore wind industry, New Jersey could reduce global warming pollution by 825,000 metric tons in 2018. But this potential can only be reached if the Christie administration moves forward with implementing the state's off-shore wind program.
Environment New Jersey, accompanied by representatives from clean energy businesses and others, urged New Jersey to clean up climate-altering pollution from power plants and rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Advocates testified before the Assembly Utilities Committee and Chairman Upendra Chivukula (D-17), who held a public hearing to discuss the threat of global warming.
Even as New Jersey works to cut carbon pollution and transition to clean energy, power plants remain the single largest source of carbon pollution across the nation. The report, titled, America’s Dirtiest Power Plants, comes as the Obama administration readies a new set of rules to tackle global warming. It illustrates the scale of carbon pollution from New Jersey’s power sector and ranks New Jersey’s biggest carbon polluters, and shows that New Jersey’s power plants emit as much as carbon pollution as 3.7 million cars.
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