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With 3100 miles of tidally influenced shoreline, Maryland is among the states most vulnerable to climate change. Maryland farmers are also at risk of costly losses, and residents are vulnerable to significant property damage from extreme weather events. For this reason, addressing climate risks and a focus on mitigating their consequences must be among the state’s top priorities.

Maryland has a unique opportunity to be a leader in transitioning to a low carbon economy. As one of the fastest growing sectors, clean technology and renewable energy jobs, are providing economic growth, job opportunities and attracting new talent to the state. Putting a price on carbon will help fuel this growth and guarantee a cleaner and healthier environment for the future of Marylanders.

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For the third session in a row, legislators introduced bills that impose a fee on carbon pollution. Last session’s bill, the Healthy Climate Initiative, progressed in both the House and Senate, earning 30 co-sponsors and sparking conversation and debate on the issue of carbon pricing. Nevertheless, this bill failed to advance out of committee. There is great hope for the new version of the bill. The Chesapeake Climate Action Network, a powerful advocacy organization in the area, has become involved in the campaign and assigned a staff person to the cause.  

On May 22nd 2019, Governor Larry Hogan (R) allowed the Clean Energy Jobs Act (SB 516) to pass without his signature. The bill increases Maryland’s renewable portfolio standard to 50% by 2030 and sets a goal of 100% clean energy by 2040. The bill expands solar energy requirements and more than doubles the state’s offshore wind target.

2020 Legislative Session

SB.912 ǀ HB.1543, The Climate Crisis and Education Act ǀ Sponsors: Senator Kramer & Delegate Fraser–Hidalgo ǀ Read the Fact Sheet ǀ Read the House Bill ǀ Read the Senate Bill

Read recent media coverage on the bill ǀ Lawmakers Eye Carbon Fee from Polluters to Pay Part of Kirwan Tab, Maryland Matters

Our CXC Maryland Team with the sponsors of the state's 2019 carbon pricing bill. From left to right, Don Goldberg, Jessica Langerman, Delegates David Fraser-Hidalgo and Ben Kramer, Pete Smith and Jamie DeMarco
Legislative Updates
Maryland Economists Highlight the Post-COVID Response to Climate Change

Interview conducted by Anjali Gutali The COVID-19 pandemic curtailment on travel and economic activity has resulted in a notable drop in global fossil fuel demand, and a corresponding drop in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In addition, the lowered demand for...

Maryland Carbon Pricing Bill Heard at State House

Over two days, dozens of expert witnesses gathered before the Maryland General Assembly to support legislation to put a price on carbon pollution. The panelists represented a cross section of the bill’s wide support, and included environmental, religious, labor, equity,...

Webinar Recap: Governors Leading the way on Climate Action

Within the current political climate, which has been characterized by a lack of federal leadership on environmental and climate policy in the face of severe need for action, we have seen state governments step up to take the lead. The...

eXchange ’19 Mid-Atlantic: Vision & Opportunity for Climate Action in the Region

This week, Climate XChange held the Mid-Atlantic Carbon Solutions Summit, a second in a series of regional gatherings we are holding this fall. Earlier this month, the team spent the week in New Mexico for our Southwest Summit, and in...

Recent Reports
New Research: MD Governor Falls Short on Climate Action

Alongside the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, we requested a policy review of Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act: 2019 GGRA Draft Plan released by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) in October. Our review was conducted by the Center...

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Impact of a Carbon Pollution Charge in Maryland

Maryland has a strong commitment to fighting climate change. In 2009, the state passed the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act (GGRA) that “requires the state to achieve a minimum 25% reduction in statewide greenhouse gas emissions from 2006 levels by2020.” The...

Benefits of the Regional Carbon Cost Collection Initiative

The Regional Carbon Cost Collection Initiative is a carbon-fee-and-dividend plan proposed by Climate XChange Maryland (CXC-MD). It is designed to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution arising from the burning of fossil fuels in the residential, commercial, industrial, electricity, and transportation sectors,...

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