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New Jersey LCV Statement on the Clean Renewable Energy bill A3723/S2314: New Jersey to be back on list of greenest states of America

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Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, released the following statement on the passage of A3723/S2314 today:

“Last fall, voters overwhelmingly supported leaders who said they would stand up for New Jersey’s environment; today we saw real clean energy leadership. The Clean Renewable Energy Bill is a down payment on Governor Murphy’s commitment to 100% clean energy by 2050 and helps create thousands of good local jobs in the renewable economy....”

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NEW JERSEY LCV STATEMENT ON S877 ESTABLISHING A NUCLEAR DIVERSITY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

New Jersey League of Conservation Voters would like to thank the state Senate for holding the bill S877 establishing a Nuclear Diversity Certificate program. This bill attempts to put forth a clean energy plan for the state, but would undermine its own goals by putting a cap on renewable energy investment. New Jersey LCV supports asking the BPU how to achieve clean energy goals at the lowest possible consumer cost, which has been their role historically, and creating an Energy Master Plan that takes common sense renewable energy goals into consideration.

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NEW JERSEY LCV’s POTOSNAK CELEBRATES GOV MURPHY’S BAN ON FRACKING IN THE DELAWARE

Following Governor Phil Murphy’s administrative action on fracking, New Jersey LCV Executive Director Ed Potosnak released the following statement:

“Governor Murphy doubled down on protecting drinking water with his administrative action to ban fracking in the Delaware River Watershed. This action shows his commitment to protecting the drinking water of all New Jerseyans, as well as the eco-economy that is so important to towns up and down the Delaware.”

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NEW JERSEY LCV’s POTOSNAK CELEBRATES GOV MURPHY ACTION ON OFFSHORE WIND

Following Governor Phil Murphy’s release of Executive Order 8, New Jersey LCV Executive Director Ed Potosnak released the following statement:

“Governor Murphy’s Executive Order promoting offshore wind sends a clear message that New Jersey is serious about being the greenest state in the country, while also creating good paying, clean energy jobs in our state.”
 

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NEW JERSEY LCV’s POTOSNAK CELEBRATES GOV MURPHY ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Gov Murphy puts New Jersey back into RGGI

Governor Murphy’s Climate Change Executive Order, which will reenter the state into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, sends a clear message that New Jersey is serious about being the greenest state in the country under his leadership. More than five years after the devastation from Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey finally has a governor with the vision to tackle this urgent threat and create the clean energy jobs New Jersey residents need.

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Keep It Green Applauds Unanimous, Bipartisan Support for Preservation Funding

Trenton - Five bills that appropriate voter-approved funds for farmland and historic preservation in New Jersey passed with bipartisan, unanimous support in the state legislature last night.

The package includes five bills (S3568/A5320, S3570/A5318, S3573/A5317, S3575/A5321, S3595/A5319), four of which appropriate roughly $29 million for farmland preservation, and one appropriating about $5 million for historic preservation. Members of New Jersey Keep It Green (KIG), the state’s largest coalition of conservation groups fighting to preserve open space, farmland, and historic sites were in Trenton during the voting session.

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Conservation Voters’ Ed Potosnak to Serve on Murphy Transition Team

New Jersey League of Conservation Voters’ Executive Director Ed Potosnak has been named to Gov.-Elect Phil Murphy’s transition team.

Potosnak comes to the transition having grown the 5-year-old New Jersey Conservation Voters from an organization with $20,000 cash on hand in 2012 to a nonprofit with an eight-person staff and a budget of $1.8 million. It was the first statewide environmental organization to endorse Murphy, four months before the primary.

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New Jersey LCV Ed Fund Releases Environmental Agenda for Murphy’s First Term

New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and environmental partners release Agenda '18, a Conservation Roadmap for the incoming gubernatorial administration.

TRENTON – The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (New Jersey LCV Ed Fund) released an environmental policy agenda on Monday to guide Governor-elect Phil Murphy and his administration in addressing top environmental challenges and identifying opportunities during the first term.

The report, Environmental Agenda ’18: New Jersey’s Conservation Roadmap, was developed in consultation with nearly 30 environmental. The goal of the 30-page report is to assist the new governor in reclaiming national leadership on critical environmental issues like transitioning to 100 percent clean energy and jump-starting solar and wind production.

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Congratulations to the NJLCV-Endorsed Murphy/Oliver Ticket: With Their Victory, the Environment Wins Big

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy and Lieutenant Gov.-Elect Sheila Oliver on Election night

TRENTON – The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (New Jersey LCV), the first statewide environmental organization to endorse Phil Murphy for Governor, congratulates Ambassador Murphy and his running mate, Sheila Oliver, on their decisive victory Tuesday night.

“The environment played a major role in this election, and we worked hard for many months to elect a governor who is committed to restoring New Jersey to a position of national environmental leadership,” said Ed Potosnak, executive director of New Jersey LCV. “Murphy pledged to put New Jersey on a path to achieving 100 percent clean energy by 2050. A win for the Murphy/Oliver ticket is a win for our environment.”

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Environmental Coalition-Led Ballot Question Approved, Creates ‘Lock box’ for Pollution Settlements

TRENTON – Voters provided permanent relief to communities harmed by industrial pollution on Tuesday by approving an environmental coalition-led ballot question that prevents money earmarked for environmental restoration from being raided by Trenton lawmakers.

With 99 percent of the vote counted, the measure passed 69-31 percent.

“By approving ballot question 2, voters created a ‘lock box’ for these funds, ending the irresponsible budgeting practice of Trenton politicians stealing the money from polluted communities to plug holes in the state budget,” said Ed Potosnak, executive director of New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, which led the effort to get the question on the ballot.

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