Maryland is uniquely situated as a state that is both particularly vulnerable to climate change and well-positioned to mitigate it. The state 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, two of the top three emitting sectors in Maryland – transportation and buildings – haven’t been adequately addressed in our state-level climate action.
Learn how you can take action to make Maryland a climate leader and do our part to reduce dirty energy pollution.
We are in a “code red” climate emergency according to the world’s top scientists, and the only way to fix it is by reducing carbon pollution 60 percent by 2030. This means bold decarbonization in the top-emitting sectors: transportation, electricity, and buildings. In 2019, we tackled the electricity sector by passing the Clean Energy Jobs Act. Now, we need to take on buildings and the transportation sector while committing to bolder emissions reduction goals and climate action on the state level. Learn more >>
The movement to create cleaner, healthier, all-electric new homes and buildings is lighting up the country. There are wins on electrification in California, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Colorado, and even nearby DC. CCAN has a bold vision that Maryland will join their ranks and eventually become a leader. Building electrification would benefit community members by giving them access to cleaner air, healthier homes, good jobs, affordable clean energy, and energy efficiency to reduce monthly energy bills while helping the state meet its climate goals. Learn more >>
In the climate fight, the most important thing we can do is expand clean electrification. This means more electric cars, all-electric buildings and a growing reliance on wind, solar and other emission-free energy. But we can’t run a 21st century energy future on a 20th century electric grid. For a clean and equitable grid of the future, we need the GRID Act. 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>>
CCAN Action Fund is working with wind and solar industry representatives and other climate advocates on initiatives that are affordable, would create thousands of good-paying jobs, AND help us save a habitable planet for future generations. 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. Until recently, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has been fueling the fire. It approves new facilities that generate electricity and oversees the gas industry, yet historically does not take climate into account. In 2021, we passed legislation to fix that. 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>>