The Environment - 2016 Legislative Session
Climate & Clean Energy Solutions for Maryland
Renew the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act and Hit 25% Clean Electricity Consumption by 2020
UULM-MD is a member of the Maryland Climate Coalition, a coalition of environmental, faith, business, health and labor groups, is joining with these organizations to call for the renewal of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act (GGRA) and an increased Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) of 25% by 2020 for Maryland.
In 2016, we are supporting two bills, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act--Reauthorization (SB323/HB610) and the Clean Energy Jobs--Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Revisions (SB921/HB1106).
In addition to reauthorizing the requirement of 25% by 2020, the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act--Reauthorization (SB323/HB610) requires the State to reduce statewide GHG emissions by 40% from 2006 levels by 2030. It also requires the plan to have a positive impact on job creation and economic growth in Maryland.
The Clean Energy Jobs--Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Revisions (SB921/HB1106) establishes the Clean Energy Workforce Account in the Maryland EARN Program, providing for the funding for workforce development and support for minority and women-owned businesses in the clean energy sector.
Over half of Maryland’s electricity still comes from carbon-spewing fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas. These dirty fuels are bad for our health, our economy, our climate, and our energy security. As the state that is the third most vulnerable in America to sea-level rise driven by climate change, and with the worst air quality on the east coast, we need to act now to curb our dependence on fossil fuels. And clean energy has already proven itself to be a powerful driver of economic development in Maryland, including job creation.
That’s why the Maryland Climate Coalition is working to increase the state’s clean energy standard, called the “Renewable Portfolio Standard.” It’s time to raise Maryland’ commitment to clean energy like wind and solar to 25% by 2020.
Sign our petition to increase Maryland’s clean energy standard!
Fossil fuel combustion is a public health crisis. Dirty energy is one of the main reasons that 84% of Marylanders live in an areas that received a D or F air quality grade from the American Lung Association in 2015. Maryland ranks 5th in the nation in adult asthma and nearly 12% of Maryland children have asthma. The National Academy of Sciences estimates that illness caused by polluting energy sources costs Maryland households an average of $73 per month. These health burdens harm low-income people and people of color disproportionately. Replacing dirty energy sources with clean energy will mean cleaner air for Marylanders.
Increasing Maryland’s clean energy standard to 25% by 2020 will significantly improve the state’s air quality while preventing 25 to 50 premature deaths per year and increasing regional economic growth by $200 million to $450 million to annually due to better health outcomes.
Creating Family-Supporting Jobs and a Diverse Clean Energy Workforce
Acting on Climate
Clean Energy is Replacing Dirty Energy
Clean Energy is Achievable in Maryland.
Visit www.marylandclimatecoalition.org to learn more about the Maryland Climate Coalition.
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