STATE — Average retail gasoline prices in New Jersey have risen 8.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.46 per gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.49 per gallon, according to gasoline price website NewJerseyGasPrices.com.
It wasn’t hackers this time. In fact, a group of environmental and social justice organizations representing millions of Canadians blacked out their websites for 24 hours this past June 4 to protest efforts by Canada’s conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper to push through a budget bill that would significantly weaken environmental protections.
Not all forms of protein are created equal as to the environmental and health implications of raising and consuming them. A 2011 assessment by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that “different meats and different production systems have varying health, climate and other environmental impacts.”
CARTERET — Mayor Dan Reiman and Councilman Vinnie Bellino have announced that construction has begun on improvements to Carteret Park, and construction of a children’s “Spray Ground” this month.
TRENTON — While testifying at the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee hearing at the Meadowlands on Wednesday, Assemblyman Tim Eustace unveiled a proposal to seek voter approval to allow temporary, or “pop-up casinos,” during special events to boost New Jersey’s economy by capitalizing on an influx in visitors.
NEWARK – A former chief of staff to a member of the Newark Municipal Council was sentenced Thursday to six months in prison and six months home confinement for evading income taxes by claiming scores of phony exemptions and failing to file an individual income tax return, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Dear EarthTalk: Renewable energy production in the solar and wind markets currently receives about $7 billion in government subsidies annually, but is still not competitive against fossil fuels on a large scale. To what extent should the U.S. continue to prop up these industries as they compete against dirty energy? — Jack Morgan, Richmond, Va