Governor Phil Murphy was officially sworn into office as the 56th Governor of New Jersey during a packed audience at the Trenton War Memorial. Governor Murphy proceeded to deliver an Inaugural Address on the vision he will bring to his new Administration and where he hopes to take New Jersey. Environment New Jersey’s Director Doug O’Malley issued the following statement in response to the Inaugural Address.
Bidding for offshore oil and gas leases could begin as early as 2019 in almost all federal waters, including the entire Atlantic seaboard, including the Jersey Shore, under a new Trump Administration proposal. Environment New Jersey denounced the plan, which would open vast new areas of the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico to drilling, and was joined by a bipartisan set of public officials across the Garden State opposing the plan, including Sen. Booker, Sen. Menendez and Rep. Frank LoBiondo and Rep. Frank Pallone.
Today, the Trump administration took its first step toward rolling back the EPA’s Clean Power Plan by announcing a move to replace this critical program that cuts power plant pollution. Environment America released the following statement in response:
Today more than 600 leaders from 43 states – including doctors and nurses, business owners, state and local officials, and watershed activists - urged U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to maintain the Clean Water Rule. Environment America Research & Policy Center submitted their comments in response to EPA’s proposal to dismantle the Rule, which restored federal protections to drinking water sources for 117 million Americans.
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.