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August 26, 2002 | By Jeff Tittel
Despite what you read in State Sen. Martha W. Bark's commentary Thursday ("Lobbyist's clout burdens S. Jersey"), I don't live in Bergen County, and I am not "executive director" of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club. My title is director, and I live in Passaic County. These may be minor misrepresentations by Sen. Bark (R., Burlington), but they are indicative of larger and more outrageous falsehoods. The senator said I took credit for derailing the reappointments of two Burlington County residents to the Pinelands Commission.
NEWS
August 18, 2009 | By Adrienne Lu INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
The New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club is endorsing independent candidate Chris Daggett in the governor's race, it announced yesterday. Daggett, 59, of Bernards Township, Somerset County, is an environmental consultant who served as the state's commissioner for the Department of Environmental Protection under Gov. Thomas H. Kean. Before that, he was the regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Ronald Reagan. This is the first time the state chapter of the Sierra Club has endorsed an independent gubernatorial candidate.
NEWS
June 30, 1989 | By S.A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
While Republican Jim Courter was busy reassembling his campaign for governor after the loss of two key strategists, Democrat gubernatorial nominee James J. Florio yesterday continued to hammer at his GOP rival, this time labeling Courter an enemy of the environment in New Jersey. The Courter campaign vigorously defended the Warren County congressman's environmental record, but environmental groups have sided with Florio, a Democratic congressman from Camden County. Florio traveled to a recycling center in Morris County, the heart of Courter's congressional district, to accept the endorsement of the Sierra Club, effectively shutting the door on Courter's prospects for getting political support from environmental activists during the 1989 campaign.
REAL_ESTATE
April 30, 2000 | By Alan J. Heavens, INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Open warfare has broken out again between the Sierra Club and the National Association of Home Builders over the issue of sprawl. The environmentalist group went on the attack early this month with "Sprawl Report 2000. " In it, the Sierra Club argues that sprawl is the result of more than five decades of subsidies funded by American taxpayers. These subsidies include billions of dollars spent on road construction and tax breaks that encourage businesses to move to the outskirts of towns.
NEWS
February 5, 2004
America's oldest, most respected conservation group may fracture, just as its power and influence are needed most to fight the worst assault on environmental laws in 30 years. Even as the Bush administration hammers away protections, an unusual alliance of anti-immigration and animal-rights activists is trying to hijack the Sierra Club's agenda by taking over its board of directors. Americans who care about the environment, not just Sierra Club members, should be concerned.
NEWS
April 12, 1990 | By Joseph S. Kennedy, Special to The Inquirer
The gathering was small but vocal. Each person seemed to have his or her own agenda and was not shy about expressing it in detail. Marion Bell of Wallingford was concerned with the preservation of trees. Andy Saul of Rose Valley expressed alarm over the emission of lead and mercury into the air. Margot Hunt of Swarthmore preached the religion of recycling. Despite their different emphases, there was a common thread that bound these people together - the preservation of the environment.
NEWS
October 2, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Sierra Club launched an ad campaign Monday aimed at pressuring Gov. Christie into making building offshore wind farms a priority. The ad blitz - including messages on billboards on major highways and in some of the state's largest newspapers - came as a new poll showed broad support among New Jerseyans for public investment in renewable energy sources, including offshore wind farms. "I join the majority of New Jerseyans calling on Gov. Christie to make our state a leader in clean, renewable offshore wind power," Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in a statement Monday.
NEWS
September 7, 1999 | By Tom Turcol, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Sierra Club has endorsed Jim Florio for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, describing the choice as "clear-cut" because of his strong advocacy of the environment as a congressman and later as New Jersey governor. The club, one of the nation's leading environmental groups, said Florio's "20 years of strong environmental leadership is in sharp contrast with his opponents, who have generally expressed good positions but have virtually no legislative experience or record of environmental leadership.
NEWS
October 21, 1986 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rep. Bob Edgar got help yesterday from two national groups for television ads supporting his bid for the U.S. Senate and sharply criticizing the voting record of his opponent, Sen. Arlen Specter. The 380,000-member Sierra Club, the nation's largest environmental group, and the Handgun Control Political Action Committee, a citizens' organization favoring handgun restrictions, announced their plans in news conferences in Harrisburg and Philadelphia. Speaking in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, Thomas Cosgrove, a Sierra Club spokesman, said the group was contributing $4,400 for a television commercial criticizing Specter's voting record on environmental issues.
NEWS
October 4, 1997 | By James M. O'Neill, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
When it comes to this year's governor's race, New Jersey's environmentalists are divided. Breaking with its fellow greens at the New Jersey Environmental Federation, the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club yesterday announced that it would not endorse any candidate for governor this fall, saying that none of them had a strong enough record on the issues. The announcement comes on the heels of the Environmental Federation's decision earlier in the week to endorse state Sen. James E. McGreevey, a Democrat, over Gov. Whitman.
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September 21, 2016
ISSUE | ENVIRONMENT Block pipelines The N.J. Sierra Club plans on joining thousands of people from across the country to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the Dakota Access pipeline ("Consider the impact," Thursday). We are coming together on the East Coast because the fight against dangerous pipelines is not over. The Dakota Access pipeline would carry 450,000 barrels of oil through North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. It would go under the Missouri River just upstream of the tribe's drinking-water supply, where an oil spill would threaten public health and safety.
NEWS
August 9, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
A $500 million project that New Jersey environmental officials say would radically reduce the air pollution spewing from a South Jersey power plant has drawn only angry boos from environmental groups. The Department of Environmental Protection's recent issuance of a permit allowing the B.L. England electric generation plant in Cape May County to convert from coal-fired to gas-fired is "a sellout for clean air," the Sierra Club said last week. "Another nail in the coffin for the Christie administration's denial of carbon pollution," said Doug O'Malley, the director of Environment New Jersey, who called the plant a "fossil fuel dinosaur.
NEWS
January 30, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
The Sierra Club of New Jersey and Environment New Jersey announced Thursday they had filed suit against the state Board of Public Utilities and the Pinelands Commission for authorizing construction of a natural gas pipeline through protected Pinelands forest. The two groups are asking the Appellate Division to overturn those approvals on grounds that the pipeline is not a permitted use in parts of the Pinelands where it would run. In August the commission's director, Nancy Wittenberg, determined that a proposal by South Jersey Gas to build the pipeline was consistent with the preserve's Comprehensive Management Plan, even though the commission's board had rejected the project in 2014.
NEWS
October 24, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Greg Cuprak was able to salvage a few chunks of coal. The facilities manager at West Chester University put them in a small box - for posterity - and took them to a celebratory event on campus Wednesday. The university was formally decommissioning its coal-fired boiler plant, which for more than 50 years provided steam heat for the campus. It was replaced by a more-efficient geothermal system. The old anthracite plant hasn't been used since May, Cuprak said. But officials wanted to make sure the new system was working perfectly before they made the formal switch.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The regional power-grid operator has called out the Sierra Club of New Jersey after the environmental group last week said a controversial power-plant conversion would overload the transmission system. The chief planning official for PJM Interconnection Inc., the grid operator, said in a letter to New Jersey Sierra Club director Jeff Tittel that continued operations of the B.L. England power station in Cape May County would not create reliability problems, but that the plant's shutdown would.
NEWS
January 11, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just over a year ago, Bridget Anne Kelly was thanking her boss, Gov. Christie, and fellow staffers via Twitter for making her 40th birthday "great. " On Thursday, the account had been deleted, and the nation watched Christie call her a liar, dub her behavior "stupid," and announce on national television that he had fired her. Kelly, the woman behind some of the e-mails in a plot to gridlock the George Washington Bridge, was described Thursday by some as a cheery, intelligent mother of four - but with a "vindictive" side.
NEWS
November 26, 2013
Adoptee birthrights As Pennsylvania seeks to find loving families for the 2,500 children in foster care, thousands of Pennsylvania-born adopted adults also seek something as the nation commemorates adoptions this month - that is, access to their original birth certificates ("Growing new family ties," Nov. 23). Since 1984, adopted adults have been denied the right to their own identifying information. But legislation sponsored by state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R., Centre) would correct this injustice.
NEWS
October 2, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Sierra Club launched an ad campaign Monday aimed at pressuring Gov. Christie into making building offshore wind farms a priority. The ad blitz - including messages on billboards on major highways and in some of the state's largest newspapers - came as a new poll showed broad support among New Jerseyans for public investment in renewable energy sources, including offshore wind farms. "I join the majority of New Jerseyans calling on Gov. Christie to make our state a leader in clean, renewable offshore wind power," Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in a statement Monday.
NEWS
July 28, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The New Jersey Senate will return Monday for a last-minute vote on a ballot question to pay for open-space preservation with sales-tax revenue, although it's not clear whether the measure will pass the Legislature in time to go before voters in November. The bill would amend the state constitution to dedicate $200 million of existing sales-tax revenue each year for 30 years for open-space preservation. The amendment will "create a constant stream of funding" for preservation efforts, said Sen. Bob Smith (D., Middlesex)
NEWS
July 16, 2013 | By Tom Johnson, NJ SPOTLIGHT
New Jersey has stepped up inspections for potential violations of environmental laws, but the number of enforcement actions has fallen more than half since 2008, according to records of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. In the state's fiscal 2012, there were 13,555 enforcement actions taken by the agency, a steep drop-off from the 29,570 violations cited by the agency four years earlier. Is New Jersey's environment getting better? It depends on whom you talk to. "The Christie administration has created a polluter's holiday," said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.
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