Stronger storms, rising seas

The consequences of global warming are becoming apparent in Maryland and across the nation. Nobody wants our kids to inherit a world where severe storms like Superstorm Sandy — or worse — are the new normal. The National Climate Assessment released in May highlights the immediacy of this issue: “Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present.” That's why it's so important that we reduce the pollution that's fueling global warming. The less we pollute now, the safer the climate will be for our children and future generations.

Our best chance to tackle pollution

Global warming is primarily fueled by carbon pollution, and the largest single source of this global warming pollution is power plants — responsible for 40 percent of carbon emissions nationally. But unbelievably, for years, there have been no limits on the carbon emissions of these major culprits. If we want to tackle global warming, it’s critical to take on this largest source of unbridled pollution. And now may be our best chance.

Biggest step yet

On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a Clean Power Plan to finally limit carbon pollution from power plants. The Clean Power Plan sets targets for 49 states to reduce carbon from their power plants by investing renewable energy and energy efficiency, cleaning up existing power plants, and switching to cleaner fuels. Vermont has no fossil fuel power plants large enough to be covered. This is the largest action the U.S. has ever taken on climate, and exactly the leadership we need in order to influence other nations to reduce their own carbon emissions.

The fight ahead

Not surprisingly, this proposed plan was no easy win. King Coal, Big Oil, and the rest of the dirty power industry have vehemently opposed these rules for years. But Environment Maryland and our allies in the environmental and public health community stood up to this opposition by submitting more than 4 million public comments to the EPA and garnering support from more than 600 local elected officials and hundreds of small business owners.

Not more than a few hours after the long-awaited rule to curb carbon emissions from power plants was released however did a curtain of fire from polluters begin. They vehemently and vocally opposed this critically important step for our climate and future generations, claiming it would destroy the economy. We’ve been hearing these tired arguments from polluters for decades. But they were wrong then, and they're wrong now.

We need your help

The single largest step to curb global warming pollution and give our children a better future has been proposed. It's a big deal. But it's not a done deal. Together with our national federation, we’ve launched a campaign to get information to more than 1 million Americans on the local impacts of global warming and ensure President Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan gets over the finish line.

Global Warming Solutions

Report | Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center

Getting on Track

Transportation is responsible for more than two-thirds of our nation's oil consumption and nearly a third of our carbon dioxide emissions. To make us more energy independent and reduce pollution, we need to build a transportation system that uses less oil, takes advantage of alternative fuels, and shifts as much of our travel as possible from transportation modes that consume a lot of energy to those that consume less.

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News Release | Environment Maryland

A Key Step Forward for Offshore Wind in Maryland the Obama Administration Announces

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced a major step toward developing wind energy off the coasts of Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia this morning. Joined by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Tommy P. Beaudreau in Baltimore, Secretary Salazar announced that the environmental review of the proposed areas for wind development found no significant impacts, signaling a step closer to wind turbines spinning off our coasts.

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News Release | Environment Maryland

House Transportation Bill Drives Us To Deeper Oil Dependence

Representative John Mica (R-FL), Chairman of the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, officially introduced a major transportation reauthorization bill. The overall plan for the bill includes proposals to open the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as well as the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, and to open landscapes in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming to oil shale extraction. At the same time, it cuts all funding for biking and walking safety and cripples environmental review for transportation projects.

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News Release | Environment Maryland

Offshore Wind and Manure Management Regulations Top Environment Maryland’s Legislative Agenda for 2012

The full agenda outlines the Environment Maryland’s plans to restore the Chesapeake Bay, repower Maryland with clean energy, reduce global warming pollution, protect the state from natural gas drilling, preserve Maryland’s open spaces, and improve Marylanders’ quality of life.

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News Release

Nuclear Power Plants Threaten Drinking Water for 200,000 Marylanders

The drinking water for 200,000 people in Maryland could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant according to a new report called Too Close to Home: Nuclear Power and the Threat to Drinking Water released by Maryland PIRG Foundation (Maryland PIRG) and Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center.

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