Maryland Enacts Ambitious Climate Protection Law

Maryland continues to prove itself to be one of the most progressive states in the Union regarding climate issues. Governor Martin O’Malley signed a bill that will reduce greenhouse gases by 25 percent below 2006 levels by 2020.  Among the measures being used to achieve these goals is the promotion of TOD.  Maryland is one of six states with legally binding emission reduction goals, and theirs is the most ambitious target.  Maryland is particularly vulnerable to global climate change, because of its long coastline and low elevation (260 acres are consumed each year by rising sea levels).  Mike Tidwell, director of the nonprofit Chesapeake Climate Action Network, issues a challenge to the rest of the country: “Maryland has done all it can do, now it’s time for Congress to enact a nationwide cap on carbon.”

Update:  More commentary from Polution Online.

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