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Biden promises action on climate change during event at former coal plant

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Biden promises action on climate change during event at former coal plant

President Joe Biden took his campaign to slow down climate change and speed up our transition to clean energy to the site of the former Brayton Point coal-fired power plant on Wednesday. Brayton Point is now becoming a hub for the development and production of offshore wind technology. During the visit, he announced a new program to develop offshore wind power in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time and indicated that his administration would propose additional executive actions to tackle climate change in the coming days. 

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Report: Federal logging projects put 10 climate-saving forests on chopping block

Forests

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.

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FY23 NJ Budget Makes Historic $300 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure

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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.

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NJ Senate Passes NJ School of Conservation Bill to Give Control to Friends of NJSOC

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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.

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Supreme Court hamstrings EPA’s ability to tackle climate change

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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

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NJ Senate Budget Committee Passes NJ School of Conservation Bill to Give Control to Friends of NJSOC

Wildlife & wild places

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.

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Logging mature and old trees threatens U.S. climate goals

Forests

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. 

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Testimony In Opposition to Liberty State Park Privatization (A4264) to the Assembly State & Local Government Committee

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Testimony In Opposition to Liberty State Park Privatization (A4264) to the Assembly State & Local Government Committee

We express grave concerns regarding A4264/S2807, legislation to establish the Liberty State Park Design Task Force and appropriate $250 million toward the park.  We still see this legislation as a dangerous attempt to privatize sections of Liberty State Park, lands held in the public trust for open space. n its current form, we are proud to join the Friends of Liberty State Park and other allied organizations from across the state to still strongly oppose this bill and protect the park, including Caven Point.

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Legislators Seek to End Raids of the Clean Energy Fund in FY23 Budget

Clean energy

Legislators Seek to End Raids of the Clean Energy Fund in FY23 Budget

The Jersey Renews coalition, representing 37 labor, environmental, community and faith organizations, thanked 10 legislators who support ending the raids on the Clean Energy Fund in the FY23 Budget.  Led by Senator Zwicker, the prime sponsor of Senate Budget Resolution S. 373, these legislators seek to end the diversion of $83.6 million in the FY’23 Budget, which is more than 23% of the total Clean Energy Fund.

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