We advocate for a safe and clean energy economy (including renewable energy sources like solar and wind) and the creation of green jobs and we oppose dirty energy sources like coal, nuclear and liquid natural gas.
Helped stop a gas pipeline from being built through the Pinelands, a national treasure and provider of clean drinking water to millions of state residents. But the fight to protect the Pinelands isn’t over. South Jersey Gas Company is considering options to revamp its proposal and could approach the Pinelands Commission again. We are staying on top of the proposal and will continue to fight to ensure the region is safeguarded now and for future generations.
Hydrofracking waste, which contains radioactive and toxic chemicals, is being shipped to New Jersey for disposal. Shipments to Deepwater, Carteret, Elizabeth, and Kearny have been confirmed, but this waste is largely untreated and unregulated. Last year, we helped pass a strong bi-partisan bill to ban the treating and disposing of frack waste in NJ’s waters, however, Gov. Christie vetoed the bill. This year we are coming back stronger than ever, and are pushing to pass a bill (S1041/A2108) to protect NJ’s water from frack waste and override the Governor’s veto.
RGGI and Global Warming
With support of the NJ Legislature, we helped pass a bill
(S151/A1763) that would keep New Jersey in the successful Regional
Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program, one of the strongest clean
energy and clean air initiatives in the nation. However, Governor
Christie has vetoed the bill, threatening public health, air quality,
climate change, and our green economy. We are asking the NJ Legislature
to step up to the plate and override his veto.
Ensured passage of the historic Global Warming Response Act in 2007,
which commits the state to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by nearly
20% by 2020 and by at least 80% by 2050. The law is the toughest global
warming law in the nation. Currently, we are working to ensure the
state's Energy Master Plan is strengthened to meet the 2020 goals and
set the state on track to meet the 2050 goals.
Working to ensure LNG is not built off the NY/NJ coastline. In 2011, we helped ensure Gov. Christie's strong opposition to LNG (liquid natural gas) and ultimate veto of this offshore LNG project, which would bring dependence on foreign fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions, habitat destruction, security risks, and pollution to the region.
Ensured passage of the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act into law to help spur economic growth in New Jersey through the development of renewable energy resources and the creation of green jobs. This legislation will establish an offshore wind renewable energy certificate program (OREC) and will make available financial assistance and tax credits from existing programs for businesses that construct manufacturing, assemblage and water access facilities to support the development of qualified offshore wind projects.
We have been a lead organizer to heighten awareness about the inherent safety flaws of the Oyster Creek – a General Electric Boiling Water Reactor of the same design as Fukushima – the nation’s oldest operating commercial nuclear plant and without a closed cycle cooling system. We are now urging the Academy of Sciences to conduct a more thorough, unbiased review of OC in its fact-finding tour of the country’s aging and problem-plagued nuclear reactors, including unaddressed fire safety violations.
In 2010, we helped ensure that Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant, one of the oldest nuclear plants with the second worst safety record in the nation, is shut down in 9 years. This is a validation of years of grassroots and legal efforts to prove that Oyster Creek should never have been relicensed to operate for 20 years beyond its retirement date. In addition, Oyster Creek's closure opens up new avenues for the state to pursue renewable energy and green technology.
In 2006, we succeeded in pushing NJ regulators to recommend cooling towers at Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant. The ruling is important in protecting our fisheries, water resources, and ecosystem in Barnegat Bay. In addition, it is widely expected to increase pressure for towers at the Salem nuclear plants on the Delaware River.
Helped form the Arthur Kill Watershed Alliance to successfully pressure the Linden City Council to reject a plan to build PurGen, a controversial coal degasification plant. Numerous environmental and economic concerns surround the $5 billion project, including untested and unproven carbon capture and sequestration technology that could jeopardize the state's attempts to help mitigate global warming.