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We Pressured the Obama Administration To Drop Atlantic Coast Drilling Plan

Working together with activists, elected leaders, small businesses and allies, we successfully beat back a plan from the Obama Administration to drill off the Atlantic Coast for oil and gas this March. The drilling plan would have allowed drilling 90 miles from Cape May, endangered the Jersey Shore and tarnished the President’s climate legacy.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey

Climate Contrasts: Same Day as EPA Clean Power Plan Finalized, Gov. Christie Formally Repealed NJ RGGI Climate Rule

On the same day that President Obama finalized the nation’s biggest step to cut global warming pollution, Gov. Chris Christie quietly moved New Jersey in the opposite direction on Monday. The Christie Administration formally repealed the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) rule that limits dangerous climate-changing pollution from power plants and governed the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative program.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center

The Path to Paris: Report Documents Long Road Ahead for NJ To Reduce Global Warming Pollution

New Jersey, once poised to play a major role in U.S. progress to address climate change, is falling behind neighboring states in reducing carbon pollution by 2025, mainly because of its decision to pull out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The state still ranks highly because of the 2007 Global Warming Response Act, signed into law almost exactly eight years ago, but the Christie Administration has failed to implement the law. The report says if implemented New Jersey would see a reduction of 42 million metric tons of global warming pollution, which ranks 6th in the nation in reductions.

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Report | Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center

Path to the Paris Climate Conference

U.S. action to cut pollution is a critical step on the path to the Paris climate talks. To deliver on President Obama’s pledge to reduce emissions and secure America’s leadership, officials at all levels of government must follow through on existing policies, including the Clean Power Plan, and defend them against attack. Meeting the president’s pledge will also require the United States to do more to reduce emissions of other global warming pollutants beyond carbon dioxide.

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Report | Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center

Shining Rewards

Solar energy is on the rise in across the nation and in New Jersey. Net energy metering, has been instrumental in the growth of solar energy, particularly on homes and businesses. Net energy metering enables solar panel owners to earn fair compensation for benefits they provide to other users of the electricity grid, and makes “going solar” an affordable option for more people. A review of 11 recent analyses shows that individuals and businesses that decide to “go solar” generally deliver greater benefits to the grid and society than they receive through net metering.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey

As Legislation To Increase Solar Net Metering Cap Gets Reduced, Report Shows Solar Energy Benefits Vastly Outweigh Costs

Homes and businesses with solar panels deliver more value to power customers and society than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share. The report comes in the hectic final days of the Legislative session before summer recess, as the Legislature considers bills to increase the net metering cap for New Jersey.

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