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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.


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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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Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and authorized by Aimee Belgard for Congress.

 
 
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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Trenton, NJ-- New Jersey LCV's Executive Director Ed Potosnak released this statement following Congressman Rush Holt's announcement that he will not seek reelection.  In Congress Rep. Holt is Vice-Chair of the Congressional Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition and a member of the Safe Climate Caucus.  Congressman Holt earned an impressive 96% lifetime score on LCV's National Environmental Scorecard: 

"Congressman Rush Holt is an outstanding champion for the environment. Representative Rush Holt leads the New Jersey Congressional delegation with the highest lifetime LCV score of 96% according to LCV's 2013 National Environmental Scorecard.  New Jersey LCV is very proud of Congressman Holt's incredible work to safeguard our environment.  We are committed to ensuring New Jersey sends an equally strong advocate for the environment to represent New Jersey's 12th Congressional District in the next Congress."
 
 
 

 New Jersey League of Conservation Voters