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Planning New Jersey’s Energy Future

This is the third in a series of articles or news gathering of science and technology policy issues facing New Jersey or the nation. Thanks to my science and environment intern Arcadia Lee for research and drafting this article.  Cross-posted at DanBenson.com

Energy touches the lives of every New Jersey resident – every day. Our quality of life, our security, our prosperity, the land and water around us, and how we work and play all depend on energy. Energy master planning is an important aspect of proactive facilities management, providing an expertly defined and practical road-map to a sustainable future environment.

New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities Office of Clean Energy will be holding hearings this month to update the state’s Energy Master Plan.  

Adding to the Energy Master Plan’s importance is its relationship to the federal Clean Power Plan announced this week by President Obama.  The EPA is giving each state an individual goal for cutting power plant emissions. States can then decide for themselves how to get there.

Dismantling the EPA

Chris Christie has been a disaster for New Jersey’s environment. From his pull out from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to his stacking the Pinelands and Highlands Commissions with his proles, Christie has been a friend of polluters, not people. Here he is in Iowa, bragging about his dismal record.

Can Lisa Jackson clean up Apple?

Five months ago, when Lisa Jackson left the EPA, which she was running under President Barack Obama, there was a brief flurry of expectation that it meant a run for NJ governor against Christie, or that she’d become the new president of Princeton University, where she earned her MS in chemical engineering in 1986. But she took neither path.

Jackson, who served both as DEP commissioner and chief of staff for Gov. Corzine before her federal role, is going to work for Apple. Jackson will oversee Apple’s greentech and energy efficiency projects, including solar and biofuels.  She’ll report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Any solid forward movement Apple makes to clean up its compliance problems with Chinese regulations, discharge of toxic materials into the communities around the factories where Apple products are manufactured, and the impact of poor working conditions on the Chinese nationals who actually do some of the work that make Apple execs and investors so wealthy is good. I hope Jackson plays a key role there.

Especially considering it took Chinese environmental groups in the country where Apple products are built to light a fire under the company for stuff like this.

So she wrote, on her Mac Book built in China. Sigh.