Denise Robbins, Communications Director

Maryland General Assembly ended three weeks early — what does that mean for climate action?

Coronavirus is climate change on warp speed These are trying times.  Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the Maryland General Assembly ended their 2020 legislative session last night — three weeks earlier than planned.  We are thankful that our lawmakers are taking the necessary steps to “flatten the curve,” and that they were able …

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Sine Die: MD leadership must address climate change when GA reconvenes

Climate Advocates to Maryland General Assembly Leaders: Address Climate Change During May Special Session CCAN Action Fund Applauds Governor, General Assembly Leaders for Proactive Coronavirus Response Due to Shortened Session, Maryland Running Out of Time to Address Climate Crisis ANNAPOLIS, MD — With the Maryland General Assembly adjourning Sine Die today — ending the 2020 …

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Breaking: Virginia Clean Economy Act Passes House of Delegates’ Final Vote

Statement: “Virginia is one step closer to leaping from the back of the pack to being a leading state on clean energy” Richmond, VA – Today, the Virginia House of Delegates voted 51-45 to pass the Virginia Clean Economy Act (SB 851, HB 1526).  Harrison Wallace, Virginia Director of CCAN Action Fund, stated:  “With today’s …

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Legislation to join RGGI a win for clean air, necessary first step in addressing the climate crisis in Virginia

Bill will send hundreds of millions of dollars to benefit low-income communities RICHMOND – Legislation from Senator Lynwood Lewis and Delegate Charniele Herring, Majority Leader of the House of Delegates, to finalize Virginia’s membership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is gaining momentum at the General Assembly, with strong votes today moving both bills forward.  …

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Maryland Lawmakers Announce Groundbreaking Climate Action Bill

“Climate Solutions Act” Would Overhaul, Improve Hogan’s Climate Action Plan ANNAPOLIS, MD — Today, legislators, student activists, faith leaders, and climate scientists joined to support the introduction of the “Climate Solutions Act” (SB926/HB1425). This legislation would greatly improve Maryland’s flawed Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan to match a level of urgency called for by the world’s …

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Virginia Clean Economy Act: A Big Step Forward on Climate Policy

House and Senate Pass “Virginia Clean Economy Act” on Tuesday, Feb 11 By Mike Tidwell When it comes to clean energy policy, environmental activists nationwide commonly think of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network as true “climate hawks.” We sue polluters. We picket against companies like Dominion Energy. And we push HARD for transformative clean energy …

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Statement: Virginia General Assembly Passes Historic Climate Legislation 

Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) Expected to Pass State Senate  Richmond, VA – Today, in a major leap forward for climate leadership in Virginia, the chambers of the Virginia General Assembly voted to pass the Virginia Clean Economy Act. The House of Delegates voted 52-47 (HB 1526) and the State Senate voted 21-19 to pass …

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Historic Climate Legislation Passes Key Virginia House Committee

CCAN Action Fund Statement on House Labor & Commerce Committee passage of the Virginia Clean Economy Act Richmond, VA – Today, in a major leap forward toward climate leadership in Virginia, the House Labor and Commerce Committee passed the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA). Following the successful 13-9 vote, the bill now heads to the …

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Environmental and Clean Energy Groups Praise Key Subcommittee for Advancing the Virginia Clean Economy Act

Advocates Thank Legislators for taking Bold Climate Action RICHMOND – Following an important subcommittee hearing, environmental and clean energy groups joined in praising members of the House of Delegates for taking bold and meaningful action to address climate change and transform Virginia’s energy economy. Last night, Delegate Rip Sullivan’s Subcommittee of the House Labor & …

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Maryland Lawmakers Introduce “Climate Test” Legislation for Public Service Commission

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Today, Maryland State Delegate Lorig Charkoudian (D-20) and Senator Benjamin Kramer (D-19) announced the introduction of Senate Bill 656 and House Bill 531, which would require the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to include, as one important factor in its decision-making, the worsening climate crisis. The bill, known informally as the “climate test” legislation, would provide …

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