Maryland: a step closer to another state taking a lead

The Maryland Commission on Climate Change reported out this Tuesday. The main recommendation:  reduce Maryland global warming pollution 90% by 2050. 

“The climate crisis is real, and while it threatens our shorelines today, its causes and symptoms threaten life on our planet in the generations ahead unless we act,” Governor Martin O’Malley

Note that O’Malley has yet to be formally briefed on the plan and has not (yet) signed up to it.

Released on the second day of Bali, this 61-page report calls for some meaningful measures and targets. These include:

  • 25% GHG emissions reduction by 2020 (like California)

One response to “Maryland: a step closer to another state taking a lead

  1. The Baltimore Sun had a decent article at http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/politics/bal-climate1204,0,232422.story?coll=bal-home-headli but it should have been front page.

    The report recommends a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions. Other proposed solutions:

    *do more to encourage energy conservation and alternative energy sources
    *do a better job of planning and managing growth, to reduce sprawl and the miles people have to drive.
    *to limit damage to the state’s shorelines from rising sea levels…the state should identify areas where developers should be required to build “soft shorelines” or artificial wetlands instead of rock walls
    *follow California’s example and pass a law requiring a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020

    Have you seen this report? I can’t find it anywhere.

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