News Release | Environment New Jersey

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.

News Release | Environment New Jersey

Trump Tells Climate Science To Drop Dead with Latest Climate Denier Executive Order

Today, President Trump will sign an executive order rolling back climate progress, which was strongly denounced by environmental advocates. The executive order instructs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rewrite the Clean Power Plan, the single largest step the U.S. has taken to limit climate change. The order also lifts the moratorium on federal coal leasing and limits on methane from fracking operations. The administration also initiated a process to reconsider the Social Cost of Carbon and the National Environmental Policy Act guidance on climate pollution.