Moving in the right direction to protect the environment
Several recent legislative actions in Maryland give people concerned about the health of the earth reasons to rejoice.
The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act was signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan (R). This bipartisan bill commits our state to some of the strongest reductions in greenhouse gases in the nation. It requires Maryland to achieve a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030.
The budget passed by both chambers of the Maryland legislature includes stable funding for environmental agencies and programs that play key roles in the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.
Both chambers also approved the Clean Energy Jobs Act. By requiring that 25 percent of our electricity come from clean sources such as wind and solar, this act will help keep fossil fuels in the ground while creating thousands of new jobs in the wind and solar industries.
The Prince George’s County Council voted unanimously to ban the risky process known as fracking. This action will prevent the fracking of the Taylorsville Basin, a large natural gas deposit that runs under much of southern Prince George’s County.
Thanks are due to legislators, activists and everyday citizens committed to protecting our health, economy and environment. A network of labor, faith, civil rights and environmental organizations is hard at work educating our communities and advocating for the common good.
Climate change is bad for everybody. Transitioning to a clean energy future is possible and necessary.
Maryland is emerging as a leader in climate protection. It’s not too late for any of us to get involved.
The Rev. Charles Hoffacker, Brandywine The writer is the rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish, Baden.