GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ROLLS OUT GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION
PLAN, LAYS FOUNDATION FOR MARYLAND EFFORTS TO COMBAT
ANNAPOLIS, MD - Today, at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum, Maryland, Governor Martin O’Malley unveiled his plan to address the effects of climate change in Maryland. The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan encompasses more than 150 programs and initiatives that will result in an estimated $1.6 billion in economic benefits, support more than 37,000 jobs, and positively impact public health, the Chesapeake Bay, and promote renewable energy. The plan aims to reduce greenhouse gases 25 percent by 2020.
“Governor O’Malley has laid out a pragmatic and innovative approach to combating the effects of climate change in Maryland,” said Yvette Lewis, Chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party. “This plan directly addresses the main drivers of greenhouse gas emissions in our state while continuing to stimulate economic growth and create jobs. I applaud Governor O’Malley’s continued leadership on this issue.”
The Governor’s plan focuses on strengthening and building on current programs, such as the Maryland Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), and the Maryland Clean Cars Program. Additionally, O’Malley calls for incorporating new cutting-edge technology and strategies to improve energy efficiency of our buildings and transportation systems.