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Maryland Bill is First Step in Divesting from Fossil Fuels that Drive Climate Risk and Sacrifice State Employee Investment Returns

Maryland climate activists celebrate bill’s passage and urge legislators to finish the job in 2023  ANNAPOLIS– Today, Earth Day 2022, CCAN Action Fund and 350MoCo are celebrating the recent passage of HB740/SB566 as an important first step toward protecting state pension funds from the financial risks posed by the climate crisis. Both groups stressed, however, that to …

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Maryland General Assembly Achieves Mixed Results With Passage of Climate Solutions Now Act on Thursday

ANNAPOLIS, MD –  The Maryland General Assembly achieved mixed results with the passage today of the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022. After the Senate concurred with the House of Delegates’ amended version of Senate Bill 528, the Assembly has now sent the bill to Governor Larry Hogan. CCAN Action Fund, the political wing of …

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Regional Groups Urge Congress to Pass Full $555B Clean Energy Investment in Reconciliation Package

  CCAN Joins Regional Groups Calling for Swift Passage of Clean Energy Investments in Reconciliation Package WASHINGTON, DC: The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) has joined other regional activist groups in sending a letter to Senator Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader, urging Congress to pass landmark clean energy investments included in the federal reconciliation package. These groups …

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Maryland Senate Passes Weaker Climate Bill Despite Passionate Rally Outside State House Demanding Strong Leadership

Activists Project Giant Image Onto General Assembly Building, Saying: “Electrify Everything Now!” Video and Photos Available. ANNAPOLIS, MD –  Scores of concerned activists rallied outside the Maryland State House Monday night to demand passage of a strong version of the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022 (SB 528), including powering all new buildings with electric …

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CCAN Action Fund Endorses Climate Champion Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) for Re-election to the US Senate

Director Mike Tidwell says: “No Maryland leader has done more to fight against climate change and promote clean energy across our region and beyond.” WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network Action Fund (CCAN Action Fund) announced its endorsement of United States Senator Chris Van Hollen (Democrat, Maryland) for re-election in 2022 based …

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As Ukraine War Pushes Up Gas Prices, Top Maryland Environmental Leaders Challenge Legislators to Pass Strong “Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022”

Advocates call for fast action on transformative bill as climate change accelerates and fossil-fuel price spikes hurt vulnerable Marylanders ANNAPOLIS, MD –  As climate change impacts worsen and war in Europe triggers spikes in fossil fuel prices, top Maryland environmental leaders gathered for a Zoom press conference today. Their message: Maryland’s General Assembly must keep …

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Presser noon today: MD enviros say Ukraine bolsters need for climate bill in Annapolis

As Ukraine War Pushes Up Gas Prices, Top Maryland Environmental Leaders Will Challenge Legislators to Pass Strong “Climate Solutions Now Act” Monday noon press conference will highlight the need for a strong bill as climate change accelerates and fossil fuel price spikes hurt vulnerable Marylanders. Speakers will include Chesapeake Climate Action Network/CCAN Action Fund, Sierra Club, …

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New Report: MD State Pension Fund Sacrifices Millions of Dollars in Investment Returns By Funding Fossil Fuel Companies that Drive Climate Change

ANNAPOLIS–Maryland has sacrificed millions of dollars in potential returns by investing in fossil fuel companies responsible for the climate crisis, according to a recent report analyzing the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System (SRPS). The SRPS has sacrificed returns of more than 15 percentage points since 2010 in the public equities portion of the fund …

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Families’ Demand for Biden: ‘Grow a Spine!’ Demonstration in Downtown DC Shows Why President Must Do More On Build Back Better Act

DC Demonstration Shows Why President Must Do More On Build Back Better Act – and Why Lobbyists Must Drop Opposition: #SpineForBiden (WASHINGTON, DC) – On Monday, January 31 at 7:30am, families, activists, and local leaders held a demonstration to pressure President Biden to pull out all the stops on the Build Back Better Act, as …

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New Gonzales Poll on Climate Change: Maryland Voters Support a 60% Cut in Greenhouse Gas Pollution and a Mandate for All-Electric New Buildings Statewide

ANNAPOLIS – A majority of Maryland voters want strong action on climate change from the General Assembly this year, according to a new Patrick Gonzales poll. The poll shows clear majorities support cutting greenhouse gas emissions 60% by 2030  and voters support a mandate that newly constructed buildings be powered by electric-only energy systems for …

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