Mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

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.

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