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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 25, 2013 2:44 PM Flag

    O'Malley says state has 'moral imperative' to avert climate change

    O'Malley says state has 'moral imperative' to avert climate change

    Maryland has not been meeting goal to cut greenhouse gases

    By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun
    11:37 a.m. EDT, July 25, 2013

    Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday Maryland has a "moral imperative" to avert climate change and that the state has been falling short of its ambitious goal to cut greenhouse gases emissions by 25 percent by 2020.

    To meet the goal, O'Malley outlined several strategies for more quickly reducing the release of gases driving global warming — including increasing renewable energy sources, boosting composting programs, doubling ridership on public transit and cutting energy consumption.

    "This work is hard," O'Malley said during a climate change summit outside Baltimore. "It is life and death hard."

    Without the faster progress, the state would reduce is carbon-emissions by only about 17 percent in 2020. The state is among a handful with laws requiring a cut in greenhouse gases.

    O'Malley said Maryland has an obligation to the 168 residents who died during weather-related events in the past decade to do more. He said rising sea level has swallowed 13 islands in the Chesapeake Bay and claims 1.6 acres every day.

    The governor took a jab at New Jersey, which left a regional cap-and -trade program designed to reduce fossil fuel emissions from power plants, and said that if Wal-Mart could work toward a zero-waste goal, so could Maryland.

    "If you have better ideas, bring us your better ideas," he said.

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