Maryland is an Energy Star

April 22, 2010

Maryland's an Energy Star

Marylanders should be proud as they read the list of our environmental accomplishments since the first Earth Day in 1970 ("Maryland environmental milestones," April 22). The list of bold local and state actions to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, increase recycling, improve access to green space, save energy, and provide cleaner transportation choices merit recognition. But in reading the list, I was struck by the fact that Maryland's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and choose smart energy were missing.

In 2007, our elected officials put Maryland on the map as national leaders by passing the Clean Cars Act to reduce toxic pollution from cars. The following year, they saved tax payers money through energy efficiency by enacting EmPOWER Maryland. And in 2009 with the passage of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act, Maryland created one of the strongest global warming pollution caps in the nation.

Maryland's an Energy Star for leading the nation in policies that will save tax payers money, create clean energy jobs, and fight global warming.

Cindy Schwartz, Annapolis

Executive Director, Maryland League of Conservation Voters

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