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Is Your Environmental Position Moral Or Not?

By Lawrence F. Jacobs |   Mar. 20, 2015

Robb Willer, a New York Times columnist, recently posed the question “why do liberals moralize environmental issues, while conservatives do not?” His February 27, 2015 column, Is the Environment a Moral Cause?, focused on this apparent contradiction: while increasing numbers of Republicans identify global warming as a serious problem, conservatives remain less likely to be morally engaged in the subject, and, therefore, less likely to support action to address it. Willer suggests the contradiction may be explained by conservatives’ reaction to the “moral rhetoric” typically surrounding environmental issues rather than a rejection of the underlying concern of global warming. Apparently, liberals and conservatives respond to different moral cues - he says that liberals respond to “protection from harm” while conservatives respond to “patriotism,” “sanctity.” and “authority”.

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Christie Administration Issues Emergency Rule to Expedite Recovery and Rebuilding

By Lawrence F. Jacobs |   Apr. 19, 2013

Emergency Rule Revisions Cut Red Tape and Streamline State Permits for Vital Rebuilding Projects.

On April 19, 2013, DEP issued emergency rules intended to expedite the process of repairing and rebuilding in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and to encourage flood-resilient projects.

For a copy of the complete emergency rule, including details on how to provide comments, please visit:

From DEP's Press Release, is a description of the scope of the emergency rules:

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Appellate Division Upholds DEP's Authority to Establish Waiver Rule

By Lawrence F. Jacobs |   Mar. 21, 2013

The Appellate Division upholds the Department of Environmental Protection's authority to establish the Waiver Rule. See the decision.

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What Does Sandy Foretell for New Jersey's Coastal Regions?

By Lawrence F. Jacobs |   Feb. 19, 2013

I found this column by Paul Mulshine in The Star Ledger interesting:

It’s no day at the beach for the enviro-puritans

Putting politics aside, what does Sandy foretell for New Jersey's coastal regions? Does it foretell anything that we did not already know? And, how should we plan for the future? So far, the planning options seem to involve a combination of the following:

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Topics : Guidance, NJ, Hurricane Sandy, Coast, Natural Disasters | 0 Comments Read More

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