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Maryland Among Leaders on Clean Energy

Environment America is asking Maryland and other states in the region to cut power plant emissions by another 50 percent by 2030. (Environment America)
Environment America is asking Maryland and other states in the region to cut power plant emissions by another 50 percent by 2030. (Environment America)
February 4, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Representatives from nine Northeastern states met recently for the first time since the Paris climate agreement to talk about cutting pollution and reducing global warming.

Travis Madsen, the state campaign director for Environment America, says the next important step forward is to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reduce more power plant pollution faster.

"On both of those fronts, Maryland has been pushing forward, developing policies to help accelerate the speed in which we are transitioning away from dirty fuels and toward clean energy," he states.

This past December, the United States joined nearly every other country in the world in signaling an intention to protect the world from climate change.

The Paris climate agreement points toward a future powered by 100 percent clean energy.

Opponents call it a war on coal and say the Environmental Protection Agency has overstepped its authority.

Madsen says Maryland and other states are leading the charge.

"Maryland, along with eight other states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region have been doing this very thing for almost seven or eight years now,” he states. “So they know how to do this and they've set the precedent that the rest of the country is looking to."

Madsen says Maryland needs to start using more of the alternative energy that's already available.

He says the next frontier for Maryland is wind energy.

"We're going to need to put some wind farms out into the ocean that can generate clean electricity for use in our homes and our businesses and also to power our vehicles," he explains.

The citizens' group Environment America is pushing Maryland and other states in the region to cut power plant emissions by another 50 percent by the year 2030.


Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MD