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Governor Christie Earns “F” On Environmental Report Card

Governor Christie Earns “F” On Environmental Report Card

“[Jeff Tittel] is completely lacking both seriousness and credibility,” said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie upon receiving an abysmal environmental report from the Sierra Club.

The remark came after Sierra Club New Jersey’s chapter director Jeff Tittel gave Christie an “F” on his environmental report card due to his neglect of the Highlands Region. This is the third consecutive year the Sierra Club has failed Christie, but Tittel says this year’s “F” has hit a new low.

Christie has been long-criticized for his environmental point of view. Most recently, he outright opposed his constituents by vetoing legislation to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – twice. This regional anti-pollution agreement would have protected New Jersey, one of the many states seeing record temperature highs this summer, from harmful emissions.

While New Jersey’s air quality is suffering, at least it’s not alone. Water quality is suffering right with it. The Highlands, which provide water to over half of the state’s residents, are under the constant threat of commercial development. But now, Tittle argues, ”The region is under attack as never before as Governor Christie and his appointments and staff members roll back protections.”

While the Highland Act remains intact, Christie has been lenient with Highland protections, making the region a target for invasive pipeline and power line projects. Under Christie, the Highland preservation funds are the lowest they’ve been in 15 years, and the future of the Highland Act is uncertain.

Tittel argues that the political influence within the Highland Council has negatively swayed environmental policy in New Jersey. Members of the council are allegedly appointed on the basis of political ties. Earlier this year, the council’s executive director Eileen Swan was controversially fired. Former deputy executive director Tom Borden then resigned in protest — signaling that the firing marked a step backward for Highland protections. Tittel remarking that the council was “turned into a rubber stamp for Governor Christie’s anti-environmental and anti-Highlands agenda.”

Tittel has vocally opposed Christie’s stance on New Jersey’s environment. Three years ago, Tittel gave Christie a grade of 50 percent on his environmental report card. This year, Christie received a grade of just 18 percent, indicating that beneath all of the political mudslinging lies a polluted and degraded version of New Jersey’s central water supply.

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3:41PM PST on Nov 10, 2012


Earth Cry

Mother Nature Needs Us

9:24AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Get with the program people !

4:42PM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

No surprise there.

4:42PM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

No surprise there.

6:20AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Gov. Christie and his GOP buddies must believe that this planet can take all the pollution and crap we throw at it and magically clean itself instantly.

They can't see beyond their investment portfolios to see that there is more to life than money and we all have a responsibility to take care of life -more than creating a tidy little profit. You can't take all that money with you when you die painfully from the polluted air or from drinking the toxic water.

What do they care anyway? They believe their money will protect them from all the toxins they produce. I wonder what their last thoughts will be when they find out money can't protect them forever?

2:31AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Yes, you have convinced me. From now on I will only vote for the dumbest, most ignorant politician so he can pass stupid laws. That is the only way for America to maintain its world dominance, prominence, and military might. We need a politician with the will to drop THE BOMB without asking questions and without knowing facts and not caring about the consequences. "Yeah, right." We all wish for the weakest, dumbest, most inefficient government possible. one that stands outside in the rain and must wear slip on shoes because they don't know how to tie the laces. Yes, no government is the best government. This is called republino "common sense" get government out of our pockets and into our bedrooms.

1:48AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Thanks.

1:48AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Thanks.

9:35PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Part of the proof that climate change is man made is the fact that there are so many Republican blowholes like my governor Chris Christie spewing forth so much hot air. The problem will no doubt get even worse when he delivers the keynote address at the Republican Party's Convention next week.

9:18PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Pardon the language but once an asshole, always an asshole.

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