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Matzah and the Environment

What does environmental protection have to do with matzah? Plenty – but you’ll have to watch my interview with Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, to find out.

On a more serious note, following today’s press conference (What the Frack?) Jeff talked about the record of the governor and the legislature as it relates to the environment, how some of the rollbacks hurt not just our air and water, but the economy as well, and the future of solar energy in the state. He concludes with what citizens and businesses can do to improve the quality of life in the Garden State.

Blue Jersey Focus – Jeff Tittel – Part 1

When the history books (or e-books) are written about the twentieth century, one of its legacies will be the impact that we inflicted on the air, water, and forests around the world. And when the history of the first decades of the twenty-first century is documented, it will either describe mankind’s universal effort to stem the damage, or the irreversible downward slope that we embarked on that will fundamentally change life as we know it.

Protection of the environment has always been challenged – by “progress”, by perceived job creation, and by luddites who refuse to believe established scientific facts.

New Jersey has within it a microcosm of these debates. Businesses that have investments in dirty technology downplay the environmental effects to maximize short term profits. Politicians who benefit from the contributions of these businesses contend that any regulation automatically means loss of jobs.

The New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club has been a voice in Trenton for protection of the environment. I spoke with their Director, Jeff Tittel, earlier today.

In the first part of the interview (below the fold), Tittel talks about some of the issues and challenges being debated in Trenton, including hydraulic fracturing, the Governor’s abandonment of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, renewable energy such as solar and wind, and the impact of the Oyster Creek nuclear plant and other factors in the Barnegat Bay.

Oyster Creek to close in 2019

Rather than build cooling towers, Exelon will close Oyster Creek in 2019. This is a gain for current Exelon shareholders as they defer $600 Million on capital improvments, and corresponding $600 Million of liabilities, and collect revenues and realize profits from the sale of electricity for the next nine years.

Oyster Creek is a 610 megawatt plant. NJ has 311 megawatts of solar energy, about 221 which were installed between June 30, 2009 and Sept. 30, 2010. The energy from Oyster Creek and the other nuclear power plants can easily be supplied by new photovoltaic solar systems and wind turbines.