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Report: wind in Maryland could produce enough power to reduce pollution from 53,000 cars

Baltimore, MD – Carbon pollution equal to that produced by as many as 53,000 cars could be eliminated by 2020 with a moderate growth in wind power in the state, a new report from Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center said today. Speeding development of offshore wind, for which the state has vast potential, could cut even more pollution.Using data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the report shows that as much as 525 MW of wind power could be built in the state in the next five years with

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275+ groups to Obama: keep leading on offshore wind

Offshore wind for Maryland is closer to reality than it’s ever been before said environmentalists, public health advocates, and faith leaders today. The groups joined together on a national letter to President Obama and his officials, urging them to continue their leadership in developing wind power off the Atlantic Coast.

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New Report: wind energy needed to combat global warming

The carbon pollution from two entire coal plants could be eliminated in Maryland if wind power supplied 30 percent of the nation’s electricity needs, according to a new analysis by Environment Maryland. The analysis comes just as Congress considers whether to renew tax credits critical to wind development. 

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Environment Maryland delivers 8millionth comment to clean up power plants

Washington, DC--As the public comment period on the Clean Power Plan closes today, Environment Maryland joined colleagues from around the country to deliver a symbolic “8 millionth” comment supporting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. 

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Senate rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

"We applaud today’s vote all those senators who stood up against the oil industry and its allies, and did the right thing for our communities and our children’s future." -- Anna Aurilio, Environment America

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Maryland Attorney General Defends EPA Action on Climate

On Monday evening, Attorney General Douglas Gansler joined 13 additional states and the District of Columbia to stand up for new EPA regulations on global warming pollution. The attorneys general jointly filed a brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, defending EPA against an attack launched by Murray Energy Corporation, a coal-mining company.

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Solar Capacity in Maryland Grows

Baltimore, MD – Today, Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way, showing strong solar growth across the nation including an 33.33% increase in Maryland in 2013. The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local governments have created effective public policy to help capture the virtually unlimited and pollution-free energy from the sun.

 

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Catching the Wind Report

Over 1.5 million acres off the Atlantic coast have been designated for offshore wind power development, enough to produce over 16,000 megawatts of electricity and power more than five million homes, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation and Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center released in partnership with the Maryland Climate Coalition. Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power” also contains a new analysis showing how the strong, consistent winds offshore can provide power to Maryland right when we need it most - bringing down energy costs and local pollution. 

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Maryland Charging Ahead toward Electric Cars & Trucks

Maryland joined 7 other states to unveil an action plan to put more than 3 million electric cars on the road within a dozen years.  This partnership between eight leading states outlines steps each will take to build the infrastructure and develop the markets for zero-emission vehicles; including passenger cars, trucks and transit buses.  These eight states are among the 10 states that have adopted strong policies to drive increasingly cleaner, advanced technology cars. Zero-emission vehicles include battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles which can travel increasingly longer distances on electricity alone. These technologies enable transportation without oil.

Travis Madsen, Global Warming Solutions Program Manager for Environment Maryland, issued the following statement applauding the plan:

“Governor Martin O’Malley and the leaders of the seven partner states deserve tremendous credit for taking this step to promote clean, electric cars that will reduce pollution and our dependence on oil.   Thanks to strong policies adopted by Maryland and others, there have been tremendous advances on electric cars, with more than 190,000 now on America’s roads.  The progress we’ve made so far should give us confidence that we can take electric cars to the next level. 

“By adopting consumer incentives and other key policies, the plan released today can help make electric cars as convenient, affordable and widespread as cars currently powered by oil. This is a crucial strategy to protect our children and future generations from the worst impacts of global warming – and it will help protect our health by cleaning up air pollution.

“We applaud the release of today’s Multi-State Action Plan and look forward to working with Governor O’Malley and climate leaders across the country to accelerate the transition to clean, electric vehicles.”

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Massive Conservation Coalition Calls for Bold Action to Advance Offshore Wind Power

Baltimore, MD--With critical federal tax incentives set to expire on December 31, several local, state and national organizations joined Environment Maryland, the National Wildlife Federation , and over 230 other organizations and elected officials Wednesday to urge the Obama administration to take swift, bold action to facilitate the development of offshore wind power, such as the offshore wind legislation that Governor O’Malley and Maryland advocates helped to make a reality this past year. 

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