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Report: Federal logging projects put 10 climate-saving forests on chopping block
Federal agencies are targeting mature and old-growth forests for logging despite these trees’ extraordinary ability to curb climate change and President Joe Biden’s directive to preserve them, according to a new report spotlighting the 10 worst logging projects in federal forests across the country.
Statement: New federal rule would help tackle country’s largest source of global warming pollution: transportation
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s administration announced a notice of proposed rulemaking on Thursday to address the climate impact of the nation’s transportation system. The rule, proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), will require state transportation departments and metropolitan planning organizations to report the carbon dioxide emissions of vehicles traveling on their respective sections of the federal highway system, and to set declining yearly emissions targets. The public will have 90 days to comment on the proposed rule.
FY23 NJ Budget Makes Historic $300 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure
The FY23 state budget, which was passed by both houses of the Legislature and then signed by Gov. Murphy, includes historic allocations from the state’s American Rescue Plan dollars, including a $300 million investment in water infrastructure, which was the highest allocation of ARP dollars in the FY23 budget (tied with Rutgers). Currently, there are still more than $1.4 billion of ARP dollars left to be allocated by 2024 and spent by 2026.
NJ Senate Passes NJ School of Conservation Bill to Give Control to Friends of NJSOC
The New Jersey State Senate voted to pass S438 (Smith/Codey) by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 40-0 which will transfer management to the New Jersey School of Conversation from Montclair State University to the Friends of the New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC). This will allow the Friends of NJSOC to restore and fully reopen the NJSOC as a year-round residential environmental education center. NJSOC is a 300-acre environmental education center campus located in Stokes State Forest in Sussex County, incorporated in 1949 and then left in the lurch with the sudden closure by Montclair State University in the early days of the pandemic.
Statement: Biden administration’s drilling proposal would put U.S. over a barrel
"By proposing as many as 11 new offshore drilling lease sales, President Biden is taking us down the same old path toward more spills and a warmer climate. This plan would lock in long-term risks that, with renewable energy on the rise, we increasingly don’t need."
Supreme Court hamstrings EPA’s ability to tackle climate change
The Supreme Court of the United States announced its decision on the West Virginia vs Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) case Thursday, severely limiting the EPA’s authority to regulate climate pollution from power plants. Despite the fact that the Biden administration has yet to propose rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the Court issued a decision that severely limits the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon from power plants, holding that unless expressly delegated, that authority belongs to Congress
Statement: EU to phase out new fossil fuel cars by 2035
The European Union reached a deal on Wednesday to pass a new climate law that will require new car sales to be zero-emission by 2035.
NJ Senate Budget Committee Passes NJ School of Conservation Bill to Give Control to Friends of NJSOC
The New Jersey Senate Budget Committee unanimously voted to pass S438 (Smith/Codey) by an overwhelming bipartisan vote which will transfer management to the New Jersey School of Conversation from Montclair State University to the Friends of the New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC). This will allow the Friends of NJSOC to restore and fully reopen the NJSOC as a year-round residential environmental education center.
Statement: Canada Bans Single-Use Plastics
The Canadian government has announced that it will ban the manufacture and import of most single-use plastic products in December 2022 and the sale of these products as of December 2023.
Logging mature and old trees threatens U.S. climate goals
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday signed a memorandum to clarify the U.S. Forest Service’s direction on climate policy. The memo, "Climate Resilience and Carbon Stewardship of America's National Forests and Grasslands," follows a recent White House executive order highlighting the importance of conserving mature and old-growth forests on federal lands as a climate solution. The memo, which lays out “actions to restore forests, improve resilience, and address the climate crisis”, falls short in meeting the ambition outlined in President Joe Biden’s order on old forests and trees. Secretary Vilsack acknowledges the role that older trees play in absorbing and storing carbon and supporting biodiversity. But he fails to outline a plan for his agency to protect mature and old-growth forests and trees from commercial logging.