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We defended the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Working together, we can defend the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a program that cuts pollution and funds clean energy across the Northeast. When Gov. Christie moved to kill the program, we united tens of thousands of New Jerseyans, took the governor to court, and won a major legal victory. Read more.

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.

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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.

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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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News Release | Environment New Jersey

Environment New Jersey Hails Assembly Vote to Ban Toxic Waste from Fracking in New Jersey

In the latest state action against fracking, the New Jersey Assembly today approved a measure to ban the processing of fracking wastewater.  Environment New Jersey and its allies stepped up efforts to build support for Assemblywoman Connie Wagner’s bill after learning that fracking waste had already been shipped to New Jersey, and discharged into the Delaware via a DuPont facility in Salem County.   Legislators approved the bill (A575) this afternoon by a veto-proof majority of 56-19. 

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News Release | Environment New Jersey

Christie Administration Sued for Illegally Leaving Regional Clean Energy Pact

Governor Chris Christie and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection failed to follow legal due process and safeguard the economic and health interests of New Jersey citizens when pulling the state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – a 10-state compact that is cutting harmful air pollution from power plants and shifting investments to clean energy, according to a lawsuit filed today by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Environment New Jersey.

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