Maryland is poised to be a leader in clean energy solutions to climate change, thanks in large part to groundbreaking laws CCAN and our allies have helped to pass — including one of the strongest state-level carbon caps in the country, a clean electricity standard to spur wind and solar power, and landmark offshore wind power legislation.
But Maryland still gets a majority of its electricity from burning dirty fossil fuels — coal, oil and gas. Meanwhile, new dirty energy threats, such as fracking and fracked gas exports, would set us back further in solving climate change.
Learn how you can take action to make Maryland a clean energy leader and keep our communities safe from dirty energy pollution.
2020 Legislative Priorities
In rebuilding from the coronavirus pandemic, we need to pass bold climate legislation that will set Maryland on a path to actually combat climate change. This legislation is robust, and contains everything from increasing energy efficiency to pushing Maryland to net zero emissions by 2045. Put simply, Maryland needs this bill to be on par with its peer states in terms of climate legislation, and ensures that Maryland will have a climate legislation framework for years to come.
In Maryland, climate change is no longer some far-away problem. It’s making life harder right now. And we are just beginning to feel the true impact of fossil fuel pollution and the global warming it continues to unleash. But Maryland’s current climate plan, put forth by Governor Hogan and his administration, fails to match the urgency of the crisis. We need a new climate plan. It starts by strengthening the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act. Learn more>>
The world’s leading climate scientists warn that we have 10 short years to drastically move away from fossil fuels. However, gas plants have multiplied in recent years and Governor Hogan wants to “kick-start” a gas pipeline expansion across Maryland. The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) is fueling the fire. It approves new facilities that generate electricity and oversees the gas industry, yet does not take climate into account. It’s long past time to fix that. Learn more>>
Incinerators are toxic to surrounding communities and the climate. Incinerators emit high levels of mercury pollution and ultra-fine particulate matter, one of the most dangerous known pollutants to human health. Trash-burning also emits more carbon dioxide per unit of energy produced than does burning coal. Unfortunately, trash incineration is currently included in Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard as a Tier 1 renewable energy source. We aim to right that wrong as we move towards a zero-waste future. Learn more>>
The Community Choice Energy Act, a piece of equitable renewable energy legislation, would give municipalities and counties control over where their energy comes from, and the power to negotiate lower rates for customers. Learn more>>
Despite rapidly intensifying climate change, Maryland is being overrun with proposed dirty energy infrastructure and other projects that will endanger clean water and vulnerable communities while making climate change worse. Right now, multiple pipelines and compressor stations for fracked-gas are being proposed. Already, the state has seen the construction of a massive liquefied natural gas export facility at Cove Point in Southern Maryland. Enough is enough. Communities and legislators are standing together to pledge: No new fossil fuel infrastructure in Maryland. Learn more>>
In 2019, we worked with a power movement supported by more than 650 community, labor, faith, business, climate, and environmental groups from across Maryland to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act. This bill requires 50% of Maryland’s electricity to comes from renewable sources by 2030, and sets the stage for a future powered by 100% clean, renewable electricity. Learn more>>
The oil industry targeted Baltimore as an easy through-way to export crude oil to refineries along the East Coast, and potentially throughout the world. A crude oil train or port explosion could threaten thousands of Baltimore residents, local property and the environment. In March 2018, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh signed the Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition into law. The law bans the construction of new crude terminals, helping to prevent a surge in the transport of volatile crude oil trains through the city. The law is the first of its kind on the East Coast and follows examples set by Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington in 2016. Learn more>>