Maryland is poised to be a leader in clean energy solutions to climate change, thanks in large part to groundbreaking laws CCAN and our allies have helped to pass — including one of the strongest state-level carbon caps in the country, a clean electricity standard to spur wind and solar power, and landmark offshore wind power legislation.
But Maryland still gets a majority of its electricity from burning dirty fossil fuels — coal, oil and gas. Meanwhile, new dirty energy threats, such as fracking and fracked gas exports, would set us back further in solving climate change.
Learn how you can take action to make Maryland a clean energy leader and keep our communities safe from dirty energy pollution.
Chesapeake Climate Action Network, along with the Maryland Climate Coalition and the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative, launched a bold campaign to move Maryland forward on climate by requiring that 50% of Maryland’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2030. Learn more >>
TransCanada—the same company behind the Keystone XL pipeline—is threatening Maryland communities and the drinking water of hundreds of thousands with a proposed pipeline. And the Potomac Pipeline, which would transport fracked-gas under the Potomac River and the C&O Canal, is just the beginning: Governor Hogan intends to “kick-start” an expansion of fracked-gas pipelines in Maryland. Learn more >>
Crude oil terminals pose significant safety risks to South Baltimore and the city as a whole, particularly when trains carrying crude oil traverse the city’s outdated rail lines. A crude oil train explosion could threaten thousands of Baltimore residents, local property, and the environment. That’s why we worked with our allies to pass the Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition to zone out new crude oil terminals in Baltimore City. And this bill passed in March 2018! Learn more >>
In the spring of 2017, Maryland launched a community solar pilot program, thanks to state legislation that CCAN and our allies helped to pass in 2015. We are partnering with community groups and solar developers to spread the word and connect thousands more Maryland families to the benefits of solar. Learn more >>
With the help of a powerful grassroots movement, we passed a permanent statewide ban on fracking in Maryland in 2017. Now, our communities will be forever protected from the dangerous form of gas drilling. A great victory! Learn more >>
A Virginia-based company called Dominion Resources is building a massive export facility on the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland to export fracked natural gas to Asia. We have fought this project at every step, and now CCAN is engaged in a legal case to challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s flawed approval. Learn more >>
Burning trash is a dirty business. Trash-burning incinerators emit high levels of mercury pollution and ultra-fine particulate matter, one of the most dangerous known pollutants to human health. They also worsen climate change: trash-burning emits more carbon dioxide per unit of energy produced than burning coal. CCAN worked with student advocates to successfully block a proposed incinerator in the Curtis Bay neighborhood of Baltimore in 2016. Now we’re fighting the city’s existing incinerator, which is the biggest source of air pollution in Baltimore, and working to remove incentives for incineration from the state’s clean energy requirement. Learn more>>
Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel. From mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia, to its transport and burning at power plants across Maryland, to the toxic waste left behind, coal destroys the health of our air, water and climate. CCAN is working to shut down the Maryland’s dirtiest coal plants, to push for stronger pollution controls in permits for coal mining, transport, processing and export facilities, and to win the strongest standards to clean up coal ash dumps. Learn more>>