Making Maryland carbon-neutral in a generation

Making Maryland carbon-neutral in a generation

Responses to open letter on climate change

Ben Cardin, US Senator for Maryland, cardin.senate.gov

Senator Cardin stands with you in the drive to increase renewable, clean energy in Maryland and nationwide. He is proud of his 100 percent voting record from the League of Conservation Voters and he works regularly with LCV and other environmental groups to ensure that the United States maintains its position as a global leader on climate change. Senator Cardin fully understands the scientific consensus is that failure to act at this moment in history will result in catastrophic impacts to the environment, global food security, and public health.

You may not be aware that Senator Cardin is an active member of the Senate Climate Task Force, a group of Senators committed to fighting for action on climate change that meets on a weekly basis. Currently, Senator Cardin is a cosponsor of S. 750, the Keep It In the Ground Act, that would -- among other things -- prohibit the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) from issuing, renewing, reinstating, or extending any nonproducing lease, or issuing any authorization for the exploration or production of oil, natural gas, or any other fossil fuel in the Arctic Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, or any other area of the Outer Continental Shelf. He has fought successfully to preserve critical tax credits for wind energy, solar power, and electric vehicles. In the last Congress, he also cosponsored S.999, the Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism Anti-Drilling Act to ban offshore drilling for fossil fuels in the Atlantic Ocean, and he has consistently called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to account for carbon pollution's long-term harm when evaluating the need for our country's energy projects such as natural gas pipelines.

As a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senator Cardin supported the Obama Administration's executive actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He was proud to have led the Senate Delegation that attended the Paris Climate Change Conference in 2015, which resulted in the Paris Agreement. Since then, President Trump's reckless actions to withdraw from the Paris Agreement reflect his prior actions to undercut the Clean Power Plan. Senator Cardin sent a letter to the EPA requesting an extension of the comment period on the proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule, the inadequate replacement to the Clean Power Plan.

As you note in your op-ed, with over 3,000 miles of coastline, Maryland is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Senator Cardin is taking action now to stem not only the drivers of climate change but also to prepare for the inevitable consequences. A modified version of legislation he authored, S.741, the Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act, to help water systems strengthen themselves against natural disasters, was included in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) authorization bill, America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.

Again, many thanks for reaching out to Senator Cardin. We always appreciate hearing from allies in the fight to save our clean air, clean water and clean lands.

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