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The means to establish a stable source of funding for open-space and farmland preservation is a vote away.

By: Ed Potosnak
The means to establish a stable source of funding for open-space and farmland preservation is a vote awayEdward Potosnak
New Jersey voters have the opportunity this Election Day to make the profound choice to vote yes to protect clean drinking water and quality of life in the Garden State for generations to come.

Unfortunately, rather than spending their time protecting New Jersey’s environment, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and its surrogates are spreading misinformation about Public Question 2, the best and only opportunity to ensure stable funding for the now-depleted Green Acres, Blue Acres, farmland, and historic preservation programs. ...

Providing stable, long-term funding for open-space, farmland, historic preservation and important environmental programs is in the voters’ hands this Election Day. The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters urges all voters to vote yes on Question 2 to protect New Jersey’s land and clean water for future generations.

More at: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/10/08/op-ed-vote-yes-on-question-2-for-clean-water-quality-of-life/


 
 
By: Seth Augenstein

NEWARK — New Jersey voters should support a constitutional amendment that would allocate millions of dollars in corporate taxes for preserving open space, a bipartisan coalition pushing the plan said today.

The coalition kicked off its “Yes on 2” campaign at the Greater Newark Conservancy’s Prudential Outdoor Learning Center, arguing that the amendment would create a stable source of funding for the open space program.

public question on the Nov. 4 ballot would amend the state constitution to guarantee that a percentage of corporate business tax would be earmarked for purchasing open tracts and preserving farmland and historic properties.

"We need to let people know what's at stake – clean air and clean water," said Ed Potosnak, the executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters.
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More at: http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2014/09/nj_open_space_advocates_to_push_for_constitutional_amendment_from_both_sides_of_aisle.html#incart_river_default

 
 
By: Chase Brush

...The Senate Oversight Resolution (SCR-125), co-sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Environment and Energy Committee chairman and state Sen. Bob Smith (D-17), would prevent Christie from formally pulling New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a regional program by northeastern states to reduce green house gas emission from power plants and factories. The state entered RGGI in 2005 under then-governor Richard Codey (D-27) but was pulled out in 2011 by Christie, who called the initiative "gimmicky."

"This would make it clear that the legislature wants New Jersey in RGGI and that the pullout was unproper," said Smith in response to questions about the aim of SCR-125, adding that the measure "by itself does not force [the state back into RGGI], but puts us in the situation where it can be litigated and allow the state to do the right thing." ...

"This initiative is critical for job creation and in reestablishing New Jersey's role in leading green initiatives," Potosnak said, adding that the governor's removal of New Jersey from RGGI "violated the public trust." ...

Read more at: Senate Environment and Energy Committee advances challenge to Christie's withdrawal from cap and trade program
 
 
By: TOM JOHNSON

Assembly committee passes bill that would allow certain cities and towns to set up so-called stormwater utilities to help get pollution in check. ...

The bill won wide support from environmentalists.

“We have a wastewater problem along our shores, when it rains, the sewage is degrading water quality,’’ said Ed Potosnak, executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. “This is a good step to finding a way to deal with that problem.’’  ...


More at: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/09/11/new-program-could-help-keep-sewage-from-flooding-state-s-waterways/
 
 
PictureEd Potosnak & Sen. Booker
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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Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and authorized by Cory Booker for Senate.

 
 
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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 New Jersey League of Conservation Voters