Environmental Protection

With the threat of climate change and the constant assault on our clean air and water, it is our responsibility to be good stewards of our environment.  My priorities include preserving our environment and the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.  The Bay is not only an ecological treasure, but is depended on by the majority of our State for food, jobs, and much, much more.  I will continue to vote to increase funding and support policies to restore the Chesapeake Bay and do what is necessary to limit run-off and waste that goes into it. I will also help our State to invest in alternative energy infrastructure.  Maryland has an opportunity to lead the nation in revolutionizing our energy structure to one that is cleaner and less dependent on foreign oil.  This includes developing our own source of offshore wind, promoting research into wind, solar, and other renewables, and encouraging a shift to efficient energy uses in our everyday lives. I have lead legislation to allow for the sale of electric vehicles and create a first in the nation energy storage tax credit.  It is only by taking on the duel roles of working to reduce fossil fuel emissions and lower pollution, while also promoting the growth of the clean energy industry to take the place of the polluting ones will be achieve the goals we have set out for ourselves.

I stand strongly behind the legislation we are calling the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022 to enact once-in-a-lifetime efforts to cut carbon emissions and reduce pollution in the environment, and stand strongly for a State Constitutional Amendment to ensure the environmental rights of all Maryland residents.

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