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