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April 4, 2014
The Sun recently had a fantastic mix of articles. U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer fears that giant wind turbines proposed in Somerset County could jeopardize the future of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, an economic engine for the state ( "Hoyer, O'Malley at odds over Shore wind project," April 2). Man-made greenhouse gas emissions are the main reason global warming is getting worse. Such emissions can be stuck in the atmosphere for centuries ( "The heat is on," April 2). Rising sea-levels and extreme weather events due to global warming threaten the port of Baltimore in terms of jobs, docking, flooding, coastal erosion.
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NEWS
October 8, 2014
Having worked closely with Exelon and its subsidiary Constellation for several years now, I wanted to share my perspective on the debate about the company's proposed merger with Pepco Holdings ( "Coalition calls for rejection of Exelon-Pepco merger," Oct. 2). Exelon has been a strong partner in the Maryland Science Center 's efforts to educate youth and the general public about the critical role of a reliable electric grid, energy efficiency, renewable power and cutting-edge technologies.
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NEWS
December 19, 2011
Hannah Cho's recent article ("O'Malley praises Exelon-CEG deal," Dec. 16) reported on a far superior merger agreement between Exelon Corp. and Constellation Energy Group than previous arrangements. Between 1999 and 2009, electricity prices across Maryland doubled, hurting businesses and families across the state. And although prices have fallen in the last two years, it is clear that we not only need the $100 credit that the Exelon-CEG merger will provide, but also a permanent rate relief solution.
NEWS
June 23, 2014
Committed to leaving no one behind, Democrats Heather Mizeur and Delman Coates present goals and pathways that far outshine those of their opponents. Delegate Mizeur and Mr. Coates both have track records of bringing people together around priorities that will improve lives and outcomes. This team also has a unique determination to halt foreclosures until there is a determination that the homeowner was not swindled. Maryland has one of the highest rates of foreclosures in the country and foreclosed homes can remain vacant for years.
NEWS
April 2, 2010
The article, "China takes lead on clean energy" (March 25) discussed the United States' lack of investment in clean energy. This is definitely a concern as we are known to be one of the most developed countries. Some of the countries that are outspending us include China, Germany, Mexico and Canada. Falling behind these countries is definitely a shock and should be a wake up call to our government. Canada and Germany have much smaller populations than the United States, and one has to wonder why we cannot match what they are spending.
NEWS
April 20, 2010
The article "Law bars homeowner from installing solar panels on pier" (April 16) underscores the need for Maryland to find ways we can increase clean, renewable energy while also protecting wetlands and critical areas. The Department of the Environment applauds individual efforts to reduce air emissions by using solar power. Maryland's wetlands law, though, prevents development that is detrimental to wetland resources, such as submerged aquatic vegetation, and does not allow building or placing items on piers that are not required to be over water.
NEWS
March 31, 2011
We all can agree that Maryland needs clean, new electricity plants to fuel a growing economy and replace dirty coal-fired generators. And we can all agree that the current de-regulated energy market has failed to produce this much-needed new generation. That is why I have proposed the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act — to advance a safe, reliable, clean energy source that will help secure our energy future, create thousands of jobs and protect Maryland ratepayers over the long-term.
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By Jim Tankersley and Don Lee and Tribune Newspapers | March 25, 2010
China overtook the United States for the first time last year in the race to invest in wind, solar and other sources of so-called "clean energy," according to a comprehensive report that raises questions of American competitiveness in a booming global market. U.S. clean-energy investments approached $19 billion last year, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, a little more than half the Chinese total of nearly $35 billion. Five years ago, China's investment in clean energy was just $2.5 billion.
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Tim Wheeler | January 25, 2012
President Obama's State of the Union speech to Congress last night focused largely on jobs, taxes and income inequality, but it had plenty of red meat in it for those concerned about energy and the environment. He vowed to continue to push for "clean energy" while touting the economic potential of shale gas and defending environmental regulations.  He defended government incentives for developing solar, wind and high-tech battery industries, but called for an end to longstanding subsidies for the oil and gas industry.  "It's time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that rarely has been more profitable and double down on a clean energy industry that never has been more promising," he said.  But he renewed his call for an "all-out, all-of-the-above strategy" to develop every available source of American energy, and said he was directing his administration to open up more than 75 percent of potential offshore oil and gas resources for drilling.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to be in Las Vegas Tuesday for a panel discussion on clean energy, appearing alongside former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at an event with big names in national politics. The day-long National Clean Energy Summit 6.0 is hosted by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, and the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. O'Malley, Schwarzenegger and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will discuss ways states have worked to use clean energy.
NEWS
June 22, 2014
Letter writer Jennifer Kunze ( "Md. ought to have cleaner air," June 17) is absolutely correct. We can and should have cleaner air. Maryland's legislature should step up its efforts to move our state toward a clean energy economy. The solar industry in Maryland is actually creating new jobs at a much faster rate than the dirty coal industry here without adding any pollution to the air we all breathe. In fact, U.S. solar jobs are growing ten times faster than the national average employment growth.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
A proposed natural gas export facility in Southern Maryland moved closer to reality Friday, but state regulators ordered the terminal's owner to include more safety and environmental protections for the controversial project, and to donate $48 million to promote clean energy in the state and to help low-income Marylanders pay their power bills. The Maryland Public Service Commission authorized Dominion, an energy company based in Richmond, Va., to build a 130-megawatt generating station at its existing Lusby import terminal.
NEWS
April 4, 2014
President Barack Obama is to be congratulated on the 7.1 million people who now have health care ( "Looking beyond Md.'s flawed Obamacare website," April 1). But according to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2012 there were 48 million uninsured people in the U.S. So please check my math: Even if we accept that 7.1 million people signed up under Obamacare, that still leaves 40.9 million people uninsured. After untold billions of dollars, the Affordable Care Act still missed the mark.
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By Joe Uehlein | April 1, 2014
If you work in Maryland, you have good reason to be concerned about climate change and to be in favor of more clean energy like land-based wind power. Unfortunately, a bill moving in Annapolis right now would severely handicap Maryland's ability to pursue onshore wind development within our borders. My organization, the Labor Network for Sustainability, recently released a report called "The Impact of Climate Change on Work and Working People in Maryland. " The report shines a bright light on specific sectors of Maryland's economy and how climate change threatens each one. Let's consider a few of those sectors.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
The Senate approved legislation Thursday that will allow some renewable energy generation equipment to be placed on land that farmers have put under agricultural easements, sending its version to the House. The 44-3 vote would clear the way for farmers to enter into contracts with companies that produce energy from solar panels, windmills, chicken litter or cattle manure to use their land for those facilities in exchange for payment. Those payments would be on top of the money farmers had already received from the state for putting land into permanent conservation.
NEWS
By Cheryl Casciani | March 14, 2014
So, how about this weather? This question is often just small talk, but conversation about the recent weather has not been simple idle chatter. While Baltimore was bundled up against the frigid "polar vortex," Alaska saw record high temperatures. While Atlanta was virtually shut down in an unusual winter storm, California experienced a severe drought. Scientists predict climate change will mean more extreme weather - longer droughts, bigger storms and more extreme hot and cold temperatures.
NEWS
May 12, 2011
I share Alex Pavlak's interest in advancing a clean energy future, yet his recent op-ed ( "The problem with wind," May 5) ignores basic facts. Maryland has an ambitious, actionable plan to reduce our state's dependence on costly fossil fuels by generating 20 percent of our state's energy from renewable sources by 2022. Because of the smart choices we've made over the last five years, we are on pace to meet that goal. Notwithstanding our significant progress in building solar, land-based wind, geothermal and biomass generation in Maryland, the only way to achieve our renewable goal with in-state generation is to harness our offshore wind resources.
NEWS
November 9, 2013
I thank The Sun for the recent commentary on fracking, which takes a position on the science rather than the economics ( "Hydrofracking risks outweigh rewards," Oct. 31). It explains the very real dangers of earthquakes and persistent ecological damage. It ends by stating that fracking companies should be accountable in dollars for these problems, which will exist long after a well is capped. In addition, the author calls on federal and state government to be rigorous in applying regulations.
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