Momentum is building to pass the “Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act” in the upcoming session of the Maryland General Assembly.
The bill would require that 25 percent of Maryland’s electricity come from clean sources like wind and solar by 2020. The passage of this bill alone will have the impact of putting solar on 73,000 more homes in Maryland. It’s the top step our legislators can take to reduce global warming pollution.
This December, Republican Delegate Ron Villanueva of Virginia Beach and Democratic Senator Donald McEachin of Richmond announced they will introduce the Virginia Coastal Protection Act in the upcoming session of the Virginia General Assembly.
The bipartisan bill would move Virginia into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based system that caps and reduces pollution from dirty power plants. In turn, Virginia would get about $250 million per year to help fight the effects of climate change and promote clean energy. This is the most important step we can take to advance bold climate action in Virginia.
On February 24th, 2015, Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen introduced strong new federal legislation to combat climate change. The bill, called the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act (H.R. 1027), caps carbon pollution, requires fossil fuel companies to purchase pollution permits at auction, and returns 100% of the revenue in equal amounts to every U.S. resident with a Social Security number.
Stop Crude Oil-by-Rail in Baltimore
Targa Resources, a company based in Texas, recently filed a permit to construct a crude oil shipping facility in Baltimore. If approved, this project would put thousands of Baltimore residents at risk as trains carrying highly volatile oil criss-cross Baltimore neighborhoods.
On Friday, May 29, a two and half year moratorium on the practice known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, became law in the state of Maryland – making Maryland the first state with significant gas reserves to put a legislative moratorium on fracking.
CCAN is hitting the ground running to build the movement for a permanent, statewide ban on fracking. Here’s what you can do right now to help: Add your name to the call for a permanent ban on fracking in Maryland.