Maryland Climate Leaders

MIT Alumni for Climate Solutions

To Maryland's Leaders: Email your statement of commitment to make Maryland carbon-neutral within a generation to climate@mit.alumniaction.com.

Statements of support are available for the following leaders and candidates:

Elijah E. Cummings, US Congressman, Maryland's 7th Congressional District

Gavin Buckley, Mayor, City of Annapolis, Maryland

Alice Cain, Maryland State Delegate District 30A

Eric D. Ebersole, Maryland State Delegate District 12

Jessica Feldmark, Maryland State Delegate District 12

Katie Frye Hester, Maryland Senate District 9

Shelly Hettleman, Maryland State Delegate District 11

Clarence Lam, M.D., Maryland State Delegate District 12

Dan Morhaim, M.D., Maryland State Delegate District 11

Julie Palakovich Carr, Maryland State Delegate District 17

Dana Stein, Maryland State Delegate District 11

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Ronnie T. Davis, Candidate for Maryland State Delegate District 35B

Patrick J. Elder, Candidate for US Congress, Maryland's 5th Congressional District

Frank Esposito, Candidate for Maryland State Senate District 35

Harry E. Freeman, Candidate for Maryland State Delegate District 31B

Michele Gregory, Candidate for Wicomico County, Maryland Councilman District 3

Eve Hurwitz, Candidate for Maryland State Senate District 33

David Jeang, Candidate for Maryland State Senate District 19

Michael Lee, Candidate for Baltimore County, Maryland Council District 2

Drew A. Pate, Candidate for Maryland State Delegate District 41

Anjali Reed Phukan, Candidate for Comptroller of Maryland

Ian Schlakman, Candidate for Governor of Maryland

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Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland's 7th district, cummings.house.gov:

I have 100 percent voting record regarding environmental issues. I stand with you with regard to doing everything in my power to prevent climate change disasters in Maryland and in our country.

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Gavin Buckley, Mayor, City of Annapolis, Mayor's office:

The City of Annapolis is committed to doing its part to make Maryland carbon neutral within a generation. We recently opened the largest, non-federal solar project on a closed landfill in the U.S., which will generate clean, renewable power for the City and Anne Arundel County. The city is expanding the availability of electric vehicle charging stations and including electric vehicles in its fleet. We also are working on strengthening protections to our existing forests and expanding our urban tree canopy. We are exploring how we can facilitate alternate modes of transportation in Annapolis and incorporate more green infrastructure throughout the city. I applaud MIT Alumni for Climate Solutions in Maryland's efforts to provide Marylanders with the information and actions needed to protect our future.

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Alice Cain, Maryland State Delegate District 30A, alicecain.com:

I support MIT alumni's initiative to act as nonpartisan technical and scientific experts to help address the growing threat of climate change. We can all do better in caring for our planet, and this initiative will help build a better future.

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Eric D. Ebersole, Maryland State Delegate District 12, mgaleg.maryland.gov:

I am convinced of the science that says that we are experiencing climate change and will continue to. I am also convinced that we are responsible for it with our current practices. I am also convinced that we need to take all possible steps to mitigate our contribution to it. I have supported the percent goals of each bill we have passed and I support a goal of 100% renewable energy. I hope this gives you a feel for my outlook on this issue.

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Jessica Feldmark, Maryland State Delegate District 12, jessicafeldmark.com

Environmental protection and climate change mitigation are among the top priorities that motivated me to run for office. I fully support the goal of making Maryland carbon-neutral within a generation, and I look forward to working together to make sure we achieve it. Thank you for your continuing efforts on this critical issue.

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Katie Fry Hester, Maryland State Senate District 9, katiefryhester.com

Climate change is real and the effects are being seen now. I support this bipartisan, scientific initiative to address climate change and to become carbon-neutral within a generation.

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Shelly Hettleman, Maryland State Delegate District 11, shellyhettleman.com

I agree that climate change is a real threat to the planet and that there are policies we can and should be implementing to mitigate the impact of human behavior on the environment. I support policies that require the use of renewable energy, diverting us away from being reliant on carbon-based energy resources. I look forward to continuing to support sustainable energy sources and working towards a 100% carbon neutral energy system.

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Clarence Lam, MD, MPH, Maryland State Delegate District 12, mgaleg.maryland.gov:

As a physician and scientist at Johns Hopkins, I believe in climate change and share your concerns that it needs to be addressed. In the last four years while I've been in office, I have supported many efforts to reduce climate change, including renewing the state's Commission on Climate Change, the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, and the Clean Energy Jobs Act, among others.

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Delegate Dan Morhaim, M.D., Maryland State Delegate, Delegate Morhaim:

I fully support the MIT Open Letter on Climate change. There is no doubt that human activity, from using overuse of fossil fuels to deforestation, has changed global climate. But it is also clear that there are actions steps we can take so that future generations can live in an environmentally safe world. Those range from recycling and using environmentally sound products to changing on national and global policy on energy. The exciting challenge is to redesign everything we do and create a next industrial revolution, one based on the operative principles of nature. As Thomas Edison said in 1931:  "We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature's inexhaustible sources of energy - sun, wind, tide - I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.".

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Julie Palakovich Carr, Maryland State Delegate District 17, juliepalakovichcarr.com:

Climate change is the most pressing environmental issue we’re facing. Without action to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, all other environmental goals will be much more difficult to achieve. As a scientist and local elected official, I’m gravely concerned about the future of my community without government action on climate change. Faced with reckless climate change denialism by federal officials, states around the country need to step up to ensure that we protect human health and the environment for future generations.

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Delegate Dana Stein, Maryland State Delegate District 11, danastein.com:

I support your initiative and commit to supporting making Maryland carbon-neutral within a generation.

I serve on the State's Climate Change Commission and two of my 2018 bills dealt with climate change.  HB 3 strengthened the State's participation in the US Climate Alliance and HB 1350 required the State to develop stronger policies in response to sea level rise.

Climate change is my top environmental issue, so I am fully on board with your initiative.

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Ronnie Davis, Candidate for Maryland State Delegate district 35B, ronnietdavis.com:

I certainly can support this initiative and hope we can be free of fossil fuels!  Each person can do something to promote this initiative for our future.

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Pat Elder, Candidate for US Congress, Maryland's 5th congressional district, elderforcongress.org:

I am committed to a carbon-neutral economy in Maryland by 2045. We must replace our fossil-fuel power generation with renewable wind and solar power. We must also develop the infrastructure — including electric vehicle chargers — to support all-electric transportation systems.

We’ve got to expand the state’s mass transit system. We must also expand carbon-capture programs such as re-forestation and soil sequestration. We should put a price on carbon emissions and incentivize our citizens and business to reduce their carbon footprints.

Burning fossil fuels is killing us and destroying our planet. Our European friends are years ahead of us in this undertaking. They wish us well. After all, they share the same planet.

I am running for Congress as a Green against Rep. Steny Hoyer in Maryland’s 5th congressional district.

The district, which encompasses College Park, Hyattsville, and Greenbelt, also takes in a huge area of the state, extending east to Edgewater. It includes southern Anne Arundel, and all of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s. It is home to two of Maryland's nine coal-fired electrical generation plants. One is located in Charles County at Morgantown on the Potomac and the other is at Chalk Point in Prince George’s County on the Patuxent. Morgantown and Chalk Point are the two largest, producing almost half of the state’s coal-fired energy.

They’re both located south of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. The prevailing winds blow from the north and west, away from the population centers, sprinkling a powder of cancerous dust while poisoning the waters that flow away from Baltimore and Washington.

The power plants now discharge much more selenium and arsenic than would have been allowed under the Obama-era rules. Arsenic and selenium both induce cancer. They both cause carcinogenesis, pathology, cytotoxicity, and genotoxicity in humans. Genotoxins are mutagens; they cause mutations. It’s bad for living things – forever. It’s like living with radioactive waste. Two other major pollutants released by these units are Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx), and both of these contribute significantly to respiratory illness.

Respiratory symptoms are the number one cause of emergency room visits in Prince George's County.

Within the next three years, six large power plants will be operating within a 30-mile radius of Brandywine, a town in the geographic heart of Maryland’s 5th congressional district. There are already four plants up and running -- two burn coal -- Chalk Point and Morgantown; two burn natural gas -- Brandywine Power Facility and CPV St. Charles Energy Center; and two more natural gas plants are under way close to Brandywine -- Panda Mattawoman Power and PSEG Keys Energy Center.Brandywine lies less than 20 miles southeast of Washington. It's home to just over 6,700 residents, 72% of whom are African-American. There are no such plants in Potomac or Bethesda. They wouldn’t be allowed. Brandywine's power plants will disproportionately affect predominantly black communities.

The Brandywine area also boasts a coal-ash landfill and disposal facility and a plant for processing soil contaminants.

Adding to this environmental destruction, the Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center, just 20 miles from Brandywine, has a 75-year history of dumping and burning hazardous waste products Across the Potomac, The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren open burns hazardous waste, sprinkling a powder of poison over the Potomac and Southern Maryland. The Navy also uses the Potomac in this district to test weaponry.

We should be more vigilant in protecting our air and water.I applaud the MIT Alumni for Climate Solutions in Maryland for their work in raising consciousness regarding the need for transitioning to a carbon-neutral economy in Maryland.

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Frank Esposito, Candidate for Maryland State Senate district 35,  team35.net:

I just wanted to let you know that when I am elected, I pledge to work hard to make Maryland a carbon-neutral state with the help of experts in your field. I truly believe that we must be good stewards of our planet and work towards reversing the damage that man has created.

I support:
  • A commitment to a carbon-neutral economy in Maryland by 2045
  • Replacing our fossil-fuel power generation with renewable wind and solar power
  • Developing the infrastructure — including electric vehicle chargers — to support all-electric transportation systems
  • Reinvesting in our cities, including expanded mass transit, to make them attractive places to live and work
  • Expanding carbon-capture programs such as re-forestation and soil sequestration
  • Putting a price on carbon emissions and incentivize our citizens and business to reduce their carbon footprints
I look forward to working with scientists and other experts to make Maryland the leader in becoming carbon-neutral. You can count on me to help!

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Harry E. Freeman, Candidate for Maryland State Delegate district 31B, harryefreeman.com:

Climate change is undeniable. The science is real--the effects are real. As the evolution of our society becomes more reliant on science and technology, so should our approach to harnessing energy and reflecting such a commitment in our policies to safeguard our environment.

Maryland has everything it needs to innovate solutions for clean energy. Limiting our carbon footprint should not only be the mission of the MIT Alumni for Climate Solutions in Maryland--it should be the mission for every Marylander who wishes a safe environment in the State they call home. For my 4-year old, for my friends, for my neighbors, for Maryland, and for our planet--I wholeheartedly commit to a Carbon Neutral Economy, Renewable Energy Sources, implementing the economic engines that a clean-energy environment produces, and writing policy to incorporate a carbon emission tax (no less than $25/metric ton of emitted carbon) on corporations that fail to meet the standards of saving Maryland's environment.

I applaud the efforts of this organization, and I hope you consider me a friend of your cause. My name is Harry E. Freeman, and I am running as the Democratic Nominee for State Delegate in Maryland's District 31B.

Together is Better.

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Michele Gregory, Candidate for Wicomico County, Maryland Council district 3, Michele4Wicomico:

I am 100% in agreement with your statement about being carbon neutral in a generation and support it fully.

Our area on the Lower Shore in particular is at risk from climate change, and it's one of my main motivating factors for running. If  elected to Wicomico County Council District 3, I will do all I can at the county level to work towards solutions for this issue, many of which you've listed, like green infrastructure and incentives for businesses to reduce their carbon footprint.

I hope you will continue to advocate for this critical issue. We must hold elected officials accountable for the impact of their decisions on our environment and what it means for future generations. I truly believe our survival requires it. 

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Eve Hurwitz, Candidate for Maryland Senate district 33, evehurwitz.com:

Please know that when elected, Eve Hurwitz will be an invaluable ally to those fighting for environmental protections to combat climate change!

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David Jeang, Candidate for Maryland Senate district 19, David Jeang facebook:

Please know that when elected, Eve Hurwitz will be an invaluable ally to those fighting for environmental protections to combat climate change!

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Michael Lee, Candidate for Baltimore County, Maryland Council district 2, mikeleeBC.com:

I support your initiatives and if elected, [will] consider from a local County perspective.  I'm not a 'career politician', but a concerned person with similar anxieties as all people.  I recognize the importance of our planet's health to our own survival, and I try to enact as many "save the earth" initiatives in my family and company's 'lives' as possible. What can we do on a local county level as well?

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Drew A. Pate, Candidate for Maryland State Delegate district 41, drewpateforbaltimore.com:

Clean water, clean air, and sustainable agriculture have never more important to Marylanders, and we need to continue to clean and protect our unique and cherished ecosystem. There are many existing alternative Clean Energy programs and solutions that would drastically reduce emission and environmental pollutants in MD making the need for fossil fuel reliance obsolete. It is more pressing than ever in the face of ever greater demand for and consumption of energy. We are committed to supporting 100% Renewable Energy Portfolio by 2043 and will introduce legislation to set us on the path to energy derived from clean, safe and renewable sources. As global citizens we are all responsible for the health and well-being of our planet and change starts at home. We see on a near daily basis the devastating effects of climate change. The results of global warming must be addressed, and I believe re-labeled. “Global warming” does not capture the severity of the issue, and I prefer to refer to our worsening environmental conditions as “climate chaos”. I look forward to advocating for solutions to our worsening climate chaos and pushing Maryland to be the national leader in creating renewable energy solutions..

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Anjali Reed Phukan, Candidate for Maryland Comptroller, mscomptroller.weebley.com:

Thank you for your initiative to make Maryland carbon-neutral within a generation.

I fully support this and will advocate successfully for energy star, solar, and other environmentally friendly tax credits and deductions as the next Comptroller of Maryland.

I ask for your vote, as the only Certified Public Accountant running to be the top accountant for the entire state.

Best wishes in all your endeavors.

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Ian Schlakman, Candidate for Governor of Maryland, schlakman.com:

The Ian Schlakman for Governor campaign supports your proposals and makes a commitment to address the climate crisis. Ian Schlakman has publicly called for an immediate transition to 100% clean renewable energy. Please see his statement at:

https://www.schlakman.com/blogs/post/amend-renewable-portfolio-standard

Ian Schlakman commits to a carbon-neutral economy for Maryland by 2045, expansion of carbon capturing technologies, and heavily taxing carbon emissions. He has also publicly called for changes to Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard to eliminate the ability of polluting companies in Maryland to purchase carbon offsets from out-of-state companies.

Ian Schlakman supports building a better public transit infrastructure and urges cities to establish car-free zones throughout their jurisdictions.

Thank you for your letter and your work in addressing the climate crisis.

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