Transportation is a major source of greenhouse gases and air pollution. According to a 2016 report from the Maryland Department of the Environment, 36% of the total greenhouse gases produced in Maryland comes from transportation. In addition to greenhouse gases, diesel-powered vehicles emit nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, which can contribute to respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses and premature death. A fleet built on diesel technology is harmful to human health.
(Read more: the MTA letter)
This organizational sign on letter supports the "Off Fossil Fuels Act," that will get Maryland to 100% renewable energy by 2035. It also defines what we consider renewable energy in Maryland, including only clean solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal, and removing trash and manure incinerators. Basically, this bill acknowledges that there’s no more time for “business as usual” when it comes to climate change and fossil fuel emissions, and that we need to change now!
Read more: The Off Fossil Fuels Act letter
Read Delegate Shane Robinson's Guest Commentary in Maryland Matters: Md. Goal Should be 100% Renewable Energy by 2035
The bill being proposed is HB0878.
If passed, the Community Healthy Air Act (CHAA) would require the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to identify and temporarily monitor all air pollutants emitted by industrial animal operations, and to report these findings to the Maryland General Assembly. Presently MDE does not monitor or regulate these emissions.
The bill is being introduced at the request of Eastern Shore community members and other citizen groups who are concerned about the impacts that air emissions from large chicken operations have on public health and the environment.
Read more: the Community Healthy Air Act letter and the bill: SB0773
The goal of the MD Clean Energy Job Act (SB0732 / HB1453) is to increase the use of renewable energy for generating electricity to 50% by 2030. The current law requires 25% to be created with renewable energy by 2020. The bill also has provisions for funding job training and promotes women, minority, and veteran-owned business in the renewable enrgy industry. It also removes the incinerating of trash from the Renewable Portfolio Standard.
A good overview of the bill is found at Maryland Climate Coalition