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By: Ashley Peskoe
LONG BRANCH – Several environmental groups endorsed U.S. Sen. Cory Booker for re-election to the U.S. Senate on Sunday, calling him a champion for the environment. ...


Ed Potosnak, executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, detailed the number of committees Booker participates in and some of the actions he has taken in his capacity as senator and Newark mayor, including voting in favor of clean energy tax cuts, opposing sonic blasting partnering to clean up the Passaic River and creating the Office of Sustainability in Newark.

“Senator Booker understand firsthand the overwhelming impact of pollution on low income and communities of color, and he’s a champion for environmental justice,” Potosnak said. ...

More at: http://www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/2014/08/environmental_groups_endorse_booker_for_us_senate.html#incart_river

 
 
WASHINGTON, DC—The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, announced today its endorsement of Cory Booker for re-election to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey. Though Senator Booker has served less than a full term in the U.S. Senate, his commitment to protecting our environment is strong and compelling, as are his environmental achievements from his tenure as Mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

“Time and again, as New Jersey’s Senator and the Mayor of Newark, Cory Booker has provided invaluable leadership in the fight against climate change,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “We are proud to endorse Senator Booker, a crucial environmental ally in the U.S. Senate who advocates for our nation’s clean economy.”

"Senator Cory Booker is committed to combating climate change and investing in our nation’s clean energy future," said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. "He’s the leader we need to continue to fight for New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.”

“I want New Jersey to be the home to 21st century clean energy jobs and have our residents be able to rely on a future that includes clean air and water,” said Booker, speaking from a gazebo on the Long Branch boardwalk. “With LCVAF's support I know that we can make this a reality.”     

Since his special election to the Senate in 2013, Booker has cemented his reputation as an environmental leader. He became a member of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, and in March of this year, he joined 30 of his Senate colleagues in an overnight Senate session featuring floor speeches pushing for action on climate change. As a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, as well as the Committee on Environment and Public Works, Booker is well positioned to protect our environment and expand our clean energy industries. He has already introduced legislation that would force corporate polluters to pay for the clean-up of contaminated Superfund sites, and voted in favor of clean energy tax credits and energy efficiency legislation.

Before becoming a U.S. Senator, Booker served as Mayor of Newark where he created the city’s first Office of Sustainability.  The office’s programs have shown a wide range of positive influence over Newark, including expansion of the city’s parks and green-spaces, creation of home weatherization training programs, a reduction in emissions of particulate matter at Covanta Energy authority, and partnerships to clean up the Passaic River.  In the U.S. Senate, he’s remained a dedicated advocate for New Jersey, opposing sonic blasting off the Jersey Shore and insisting on climate change action in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Senator Cory Booker is featured on LCV Action Fund’s GiveGreen website, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates.

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By Times of Trenton Editorial Board 
on July 15, 2014 at 5:58 AM 

Ed Potasnak needed fewer than 30 words to sum up everything that’s right and good about a new legislative push to usher New Jersey back into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – better known as RGGI.

“The people of New Jersey want cleaner air and good jobs,” Potasnak, executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, said in a statement. “RGGI provides these benefits as well as many others, including desperately needed money into our treasury.”

Since its creation in 2005, the initiative has served as the first auction in the country to sell and trade carbon dioxide emission credits to mega-polluters, with proceeds underwriting energy-efficient programs and renewable-energy projects throughout the Northeast...

Read more at: http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/07/editorial_nj_re-entry_into_regional_greenhouse_gas_initiative_is_smart_move.html
 
 
By: Tom Johnson
...The report is the work of a study group set up by lawmakers to identify ways to comply with an aggressive goal of cutting back pollution that leads to global warming, reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent from 2006 levels by 2050. It recommends that the state focus on three key areas to achieve those targets: transportation; heating and building; and energy production...

Ed Potosnak, executive director of the League of Conservation Voters and the co-chair of the working group, told the committee they would leave it up to the Legislature to decide how to finance efforts to meet the global warming goals.

The report also calls for measures to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and facilities using fossil fuels, as well as buildings.

Potosnak argued the state should step up efforts to reduce energy consumption by consumers. “The biggest tool we have is energy efficiency,’’ he said, referring to ways to limit how much energy is used by businesses and residents...

Read more at: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/07/10/no-cheap-or-painless-way-to-fight-global-warming-warns-nj-working-group/
 
 
Trenton, NJ- Today Senate President Stephan Sweeney joined Senator Bob Smith and Peter Barnes in announcing a legislative effort to block the Governor’s latest attempt to ignore the Regional Green House Gas Initiative (RGGI) law.  The Administration released a proposed rule on July 7th to repeal RGGI, as stated in the title “proposal repeals the CO2 Budget Trading Program rules and related provisions of the Air Pollution Control rules and the Air Administrative Procedures and Penalties” found at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/rules/notices/20140707a.html
 
“New Jersey LCV applauds the leadership of Senate President Sweeney and the commitment of Senators Smith and Barnes to ensure the creation of good jobs while protecting the environment and improving public health. ” Ed Potosnak exclaimed.

The legislative effort requires the passage of a two concurrent resolutions in the Senate and Assembly to block Governor Christie’s job killing effort to bury the successful RGGI program and with it deny good jobs to out of work New Jerseyans.

“I continue to remain hopeful that the needs of New Jersey’s families and businesses prevail and the dangerous actions of this Administration will be blocked once and for all.  The people of New Jersey want cleaner air and good jobs, RGGI provides these benefits as well as many others, including desperately needed money into our treasury,” Potosnak concluded.

 
 
“It’s really important that we do that in the next week, and we’re hopeful that the Assembly will take this up. That’s really the critical point,” said Ed Potosnak, executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation voters.


[more at: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/06/lawmakers_environmentalists_urge_assembly_action_on_nj_open_space_funding.html#incart_related_stories]
 
 
WASHINGTON, DC—The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, announced today its endorsement of Aimee Belgard for Congress (NJ-3). Belgard has a strong environmental record standing up to corporate polluters and supporting commonsense policies that invest in a clean energy economy while protecting our planet for future generations.

“Aimee Belgard has stood up to corporate polluters while fighting hard to protect our environment, and she will bring this same leadership with her to Congress,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “She is committed to growing a clean energy economy, combating climate change, and preserving our public lands for future generations to enjoy.”

“Aimee Belgard has been an environmental leader throughout her career, working to protect public health, preserve open space, and safeguard our natural resources," Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. “She fights tirelessly to give the people of New Jersey a voice, and is committed to protecting the environment and the many natural treasures in the Garden State, including restoring the Jersey Shore.”

"I am thrilled to have the support of the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund," said Belgard. "The environmental issues facing New Jersey today affect our jobs, our families and our everyday lives. That's why I support the expansion of alternative energies, which will not only reduce Co2 emissions, but create jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  I'm also focused on rebuilding our shoreline after Hurricane Sandy and making sure our beachfronts can sustain another storm by emphasizing storm prevention and preparedness. There are an estimated 29,000 people still displaced in Ocean County alone, and in Congress I'll do everything I can to get people back in their homes and back to work."

As an elected official of the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Belgard has stood up to corporate polluters by persistently opposing the hazardous waste incinerator from being built in nearby Bristol, PA.

Belgard supports commonsense policies that protect our environment. She has made re-building the Jersey Shore a priority and is dedicated to revitalizing its fishing tourism and recreation industries. Belgard is also committed to making America a leader in clean energy and energy efficiency because she knows it will grow New Jersey’s economy, lower our dependence on dirty fossil fuels and reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change. 

Aimee Belgard is featured on LCV Action Fund’s GiveGreen website, http://www.givegreen.com, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates.

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by: Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau 

TRENTON A Senate panel on Monday advanced a proposal to restore funding to New Jersey's depleted open-space program by amending the state's constitution to dedicate a portion of revenue from the corporate business tax to preserving land. ...

Supporters still voiced concerns. Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, objected to using natural resource damages and fines collected from violations of environmental law to fund open-space preservation. ...

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20140318_Plan_for_open-space_funding_advances_in_N__J_.html#SblwHTWmIX2olix7.99
 
 
When the House voted to shield polluters from commonsense limits on carbon last week, Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R., N.J.) stood up. New Jerseyans suffer from out-of-state pollution. LoBiondo joined members of both parties to protect the health of South Jersey. It's important to have leaders willing to work in a bipartisan manner to defend public health.

Original at: http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/inquirer/20140312_Letters_to_the_Editor.html#yQWhjwET2UxlcKsE.99
 
 
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WASHINGTON, DC – The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and the national League of Conservation Voters today praised Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s vote against H.R. 3826, a bill that would allow power plants to continue spewing unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air: 

“Rep. LoBiondo’s vote protects New Jerseyans. We thank him for demonstrating real leadership to protect public health,” said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. 

“Rep. LoBiondo put public health before partisan politics. He joined with members of both parties to protect the health of the people of South Jersey by defending commonsense limits on carbon pollution. We set limits on mercury, arsenic, and other pollution from power plants, so we thank Rep. LoBiondo for voting to preserve the national limits on carbon pollution,” said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters.

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 New Jersey League of Conservation Voters