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May 10, 2011
Re your article "Demand, not speculation, cited for rising oil prices" (May 8), while demand is a factor in rising oil prices, multiple factors must be included to get the entire picture of why prices are rising. International Energy Agency chief economist Fatih Birol must not be paying attention to current events; how can he not include the recent Libyan crisis and the Japanese earthquake and tsunami as factors in rising gas prices? "We have to learn to live with these higher prices," Mr. Birol said.
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By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
The historic Rodgers Forge neighborhood in Towson has adopted guidelines for residents who want to install solar panels, an effort community leaders hope can strike a balance between preserving the community's architecture and embracing alternative energy. A committee of the Rodgers Forge Community Association worked for about a year to come up with the recommendations, which the full board approved in September, according to immediate past president Stu Sirota. "I think this shows that Rodgers Forge is a progressive neighborhood that cares about its history and maintaining the architectural integrity of its homes, while still being able to allow a modern and innovative green technology," Sirota said.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler , tim.wheeler@baltsun.com | December 9, 2009
In a major push for renewable energy in Maryland, the O'Malley administration is planning to buy nearly a quarter of the power needed by state offices and the state's university campuses from four new wind and solar farms, including one of the nation's largest photovoltaic facilities, to be built in Frederick County by Constellation Energy Group Inc. Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Tuesday that the state government and University System of Maryland...
NEWS
December 3, 2013
I wish to correct a statement attributed to me in the article, "Incumbent hosts forum for nine District 12 candidates for state delegate" (Nov. 15), by Julie Baughman. The article states that I am against offshore wind energy. I am not against offshore wind energy and I appreciate the opportunity to clarify my position. I care deeply about pursuing green energy, providing high-paying jobs for the residents of Maryland and protecting coastal wildlife. There is evidence that suggests large wind turbines can disrupt local wildlife and even alter wind patterns.
NEWS
August 26, 2011
Those in government who could make a difference have turned their backs on an industry that this nation cannot do without. The coal industry supplies the energy that keeps the lights on for half the nation, and it is an industry that does not need a government handout to survive. But while the Obama administration has promoted green energy nationwide, the EPA has been allowed to promulgate any kind of bone-headed regulation it wants so long as it goes against the coal mining industry.
NEWS
December 3, 2013
I wish to correct a statement attributed to me in the article, "Incumbent hosts forum for nine District 12 candidates for state delegate" (Nov. 15), by Julie Baughman. The article states that I am against offshore wind energy. I am not against offshore wind energy and I appreciate the opportunity to clarify my position. I care deeply about pursuing green energy, providing high-paying jobs for the residents of Maryland and protecting coastal wildlife. There is evidence that suggests large wind turbines can disrupt local wildlife and even alter wind patterns.
NEWS
February 22, 2009
When Maryland signed on to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and began auctioning carbon credits to power plant owners, the state legislature agreed that the proceeds would be used primarily to promote conservation and the development of alternative energy. But because of this year's budget crunch, Gov. Martin O'Malley has another purpose in mind - powering up the fund that assists people who can't afford to heat their homes. The governor has asked the General Assembly to approve a diversion of up to 50 percent of RGGI revenue - an estimated $70 million more than what is scheduled to be set aside - for energy assistance to the poor over the next two years.
NEWS
July 6, 2010
It was rather sad to read that Rep. Steny H. Hoyer is shilling for Constellation Energy: ("Calvert Cliffs first in line for loan guarantee, Hoyer says," July 2). Hoyer should be promoting renewable energy sources instead of admitting that nuclear energy can't survive economically without taxpayer subsidies. How can anyone support nuclear power today? The banks won't finance a reactor and the insurance companies refuse to issue policies for nuclear power plants. The technology is too dangerous, and no state wants to be the repository for nuclear wastes.
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 6, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to require Maryland utilities to buy electricity at above market rates from wind turbines located in the Atlantic Ocean may create a nice green credential for an aspiring national politician, but it would be bad for Maryland ("O'Malley wind plan draws questions," March 4). The proposal would require every Marylander to pay more for energy than would be the case if utilities could buy electricity on the open market. In effect, it is a tax on energy with the tax proceeds going to the wind farm developers.
NEWS
June 25, 2013
With this week's heat wave, air quality warnings and severe weather forecasts as a backdrop, President Barack Obama could scarcely have picked a more auspicious moment to reveal his multi-pronged plan to address climate change. His surprise decision to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada if the project is judged to cause a net increase in greenhouse gases underscores the seriousness of the issue - while the swift criticism of that choice (and Mr. Obama's plan, generally) demonstrates the Congressional denial and partisanship that is endangering the nation's health and safety.
NEWS
May 28, 2013
Tom Horton's recent commentary on nuclear energy is excellent and provides the beginning of a rational discussion of green energy in Maryland ("Embracing nukes," May 23). He includes data which shows that wind farms on average operate at 30 percent of design capacity versus 90 percent for nuclear power. Solar power systems operate on average at 15 percent of design capacity. Wind and sun power are erratic. Nuclear plants operate constantly, and the 90 percent utilization factor is due to planned maintenance.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
As much as this week's bone-chilling temperatures might offer "cold" comfort to those who deny its existence, the threat of climate change earned a prominent spot in President Barack Obama's inaugural address on Monday. That was welcome, if overdue, given how little discussion this enormous challenge to the nation's well-being received during last year's campaign. For those who missed it, President Obama pledged to "respond" to climate change for the sake of future generations. He acknowledged that some still deny the "overwhelming judgment of science" but also noted its more obvious effects of recent years — raging fires, crippling droughts and more-powerful storms.
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July 30, 2012
Let me see if I understand this. The Maryland General Assembly might be called into special session to pass a bill allowing casino gambling at the National Harbor development in Prince George's County ("Special session on gambling predicted," July 26). However, passing a bill in the General Assembly to establish an electricity-generating wind farm 15 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean off Ocean City that would make Maryland an energy leader for the next 100 years is not even on the legislative radar screen.
NEWS
February 20, 2012
At first, it seemed as if Rick Santorum was questioning President Barack Obama's religious faith. Now, it appears that what he meant was to question the faith of all Americans who believe clean water, air and land is in the public interest. For someone running for secular office, the former Pennsylvania senator has expressed a lot of thoughts about Catholicism, Christianity and religion in general, but even his supporters must have been surprised when he denounced President Obama as embracing a "phony theology" during a recent campaign appearance in Ohio.
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By Richard Deutschmann | October 20, 2011
We have all been reading a lot about the Solyndra story of late, with numerous articles in the national news detailing the U.S. Department of Energy's support for this now-defunct solar energy manufacturer. The situation deserves the proper scrutiny of legislative investigation to ensure that taxpayer resources are being utilized properly. But rather than the political circus in Washington that will undoubtedly envelop these hearings, Solyndra should be seen as an unfortunate bump on the road to the global economic engine that is the modern solar energy industry.
NEWS
May 28, 2013
Tom Horton's recent commentary on nuclear energy is excellent and provides the beginning of a rational discussion of green energy in Maryland ("Embracing nukes," May 23). He includes data which shows that wind farms on average operate at 30 percent of design capacity versus 90 percent for nuclear power. Solar power systems operate on average at 15 percent of design capacity. Wind and sun power are erratic. Nuclear plants operate constantly, and the 90 percent utilization factor is due to planned maintenance.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
As much as this week's bone-chilling temperatures might offer "cold" comfort to those who deny its existence, the threat of climate change earned a prominent spot in President Barack Obama's inaugural address on Monday. That was welcome, if overdue, given how little discussion this enormous challenge to the nation's well-being received during last year's campaign. For those who missed it, President Obama pledged to "respond" to climate change for the sake of future generations. He acknowledged that some still deny the "overwhelming judgment of science" but also noted its more obvious effects of recent years — raging fires, crippling droughts and more-powerful storms.
NEWS
October 17, 2011
It's less than two months into the school year, and Gov. Martin O'Malley's grades have already slipped a little. He was marked down last week to a B+ from his usual glowing environmental marks by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, largely on one issue: his failure to slow the proliferation of waste-to-energy incinerators in the state. That may seem a relatively minor matter, but a new report by the Environmental Integrity Project, a nonprofit advocacy group, provides ample evidence to the contrary.
NEWS
August 26, 2011
Those in government who could make a difference have turned their backs on an industry that this nation cannot do without. The coal industry supplies the energy that keeps the lights on for half the nation, and it is an industry that does not need a government handout to survive. But while the Obama administration has promoted green energy nationwide, the EPA has been allowed to promulgate any kind of bone-headed regulation it wants so long as it goes against the coal mining industry.
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