LINCROFT, NJ - On April 23, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th Dist.) will discuss the efforts by Republicans in Congress to dismantle decades of environmental regulations that protect our health and safety. The Congressman will speak at 6:30 pm, Monday, April 23 at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. The meeting, open to the general public, will include college students and members of the N.J. Friends of Clearwater and the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Group of the Sierra Club.

Conservationists initially preserved wilderness tracts for passive recreation and to protect wildlife flora and fauna. As development ate up more open spaces and increased pollution, the scope of environmentalism evolved and now includes protecting the health and well-being of humans as well. “Now-a-days, when anti-environmental politicians and lobbyists try to increase corporate profits by watering down or eliminating regulations protecting our land, air and water, they are directly endangering our health and safety,” according to Joellen Lundy, Clearwater’s president. “Pollution causes thousands of premature deaths every year.”

In addition, Dennis Anderson, president of the Sierra group, said “We must emphasize conserving energy and developing reusable energy sources, instead of destroying our environment by hydrofraking for gas, drilling for oil in environmentally fragile areas, and strip mining for coal. Healthy nations grow; polluted nations decay.”

Both clubs also are opposed to off-shore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, supposedly designed to import LNG. However, many critics believe these terminals actually will be used to export hydrofracked American gas, which is causing major pollution problems, to higher-priced European and Asian markets, thus driving American natural gas prices higher.

Rep. Pallone will explain how polluters mask their extreme tactics by claiming “job killing” environmental regulations caused the recent recession and current unemployment, blaming the rise in gasoline prices on environmental regulations, and tacking anti-environmental amendments onto “must-pass” bills that traditionally receive bipartisan support.

In the 112th Congress, Rep. Pallone continues to serve as a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over issues pertaining to energy, environment, health care, commerce and telecommunications.

Pallone is on the Committee's Subcommittee on Health, which has sole jurisdiction over Medicaid, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and shares jurisdiction of Medicare with the Ways and Means Committee. The Health Subcommittee oversees public health, biomedical programs, food and drug safety, mental health and research, hospital construction and all health care homeland security-related issues.

The general meetings of NJF Clearwater and Sierra are hosted by the college’s Science Field Station at Sandy Hook. The two clubs meet at the Lincroft campus to share speakers and involve environmentally concerned college students.  A cash buffet will be available for college students and adults at 6:00 p.m. Contributions from non-students are requested to defray the costs. The general meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

To get to Brookdale, take Parkway Exit 109 to Route 520 West (Newman Springs Road, which becomes E. Main Street at the Lincroft campus). Take the traffic circle into the campus and follow the signs to parking lot 7 and the Warner Student Life Center (SLC), where the meeting will be in the Twin Lights Rooms 1 and 2. Use parking lot 7.  As you walk towards the building complex, Warner will be on your left. If lot 7 is full, use parking lots 5 or 6. A campus map is at http://www.brookdalecc.edu/PDFFiles/MAPS/MAP_04_08.pdf .