“Political Opposition to Controlling Pollution”
Rep. Rush Holt to Analyze on July 30
Lincroft, NJ. July 10, 2012 - The July 30 “Science Mondays” at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft campus will host Rep. Rush Holt (D-12th Dist.) Rush will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Warner Student Life Center, lower level, Twin Lights rooms 106 & 107. The meeting will include college students, members of the N.J. Friends of Clearwater and the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Group of the Sierra Club. The program is free and open to the public; a cash buffet will begin at 6:00 p.m. before the program. There will be a question and answer session with the speaker following the main presentation.
Rep. Holt will share his insights on environmental challenges ahead as conservation organizations increasingly see their role shifting from a never-ending battle to preserve nature and protect it from mankind, to insisting on science-based decisions to protect nature for the health and well-being of mankind. Holt, a physicist, is a founding member and co-chair of the Children’s Environmental Health Caucus, which aims to raise awareness in Congress of environmental issues that affect health, particularly that of children.
Holt serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Natural Resources, where he is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, helping to develop a long-term strategy to decrease our nation's dependence on fossil fuels and protect our environment for future generations.
From 2007 to 2010, Holt was the Chairman of the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel which worked to strengthen oversight of the intelligence community by ensuring that policymakers receive accurate assessments, civil liberties are safeguarded and the intelligence community is protecting Americans.
In the environmental area, Holt helped secure more than $700 million in new federal funding for science and technology research, helped pass an amendment to the Land and Water Conservation Fund providing millions in funding for protecting open space and was instrumental in adding the lower Delaware River to the National Wild and Scenic River program.
Holt’s presentation will complement Rep. Frank Pallone’s (D- 6th Dist.) April talk about Congressional opponents to the environment and a January talk by Jeff Tittel, director of the N.J. Sierra Club, on anti-environmental decisions in Trenton.
The general meeting of NJ Friends of Clearwater and Monmouth Group of the Sierra Club is hosted by the college’s Environmental Science Field Station on Sandy Hook. The two clubs meet at the Lincroft campus to share speakers and involve environmentally concerned college students.
Directions to Brookdale coming from north or south: 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 the Warner Student Life Center (SLC), where the meeting will be in the Twin Lights Rooms. Use parking lot 7. Walking towards the building complex, the Warner Student Life Center will be on the left. If lot 7 is full, use parking lots 5 or 6. A campus map can be found at: http://www.brookdalecc.edu/PDFFiles/MAPS/MAP_04_08.pdf