Making Maryland carbon-neutral in a generation

Responses to open letter on climate change

Chris Van Hollen, US Senator for Maryland, VanHollen.senate.gov

Senator Van Hollen fully supports the goal of making our state carbon neutral. He believes that protecting the environment is not just about the future of our planet—it's also about creating jobs, supporting a healthy economy, and providing a good quality of life for Marylanders and Americans across the country. And this requires action on the local, state, and federal levels. That's why Senator Van Hollen has led efforts to clean up Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, address climate change, and protect our air, land, and water resources for our children and future generations. And his work has earned him a 100 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters.

With the Trump Administration's assault on our environment and refusal to admit climate change is a pressing issue we must tackle, the fight to protect our landmark laws safeguarding the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we live on are more important than ever. He was a strong supporter of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Clean Power Plan, and he is fighting to prevent efforts that would jeopardize Obama-era rules and reject President Trump's draconian cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. He has also worked with his colleagues to conduct vigorous oversight of the EPA so that the agency can carry on with its original mission to provide clean and safe air, water, and land. He is a member of the Senate Climate Task Force, a group of Senators working to promote action on climate change.

The Senator's signature climate change proposal
—the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act
is an innovative 'cap and dividend' approach that the Washington Post called 'elegant and effective.' It is a simple, fair, and practical way to address the dangers of climate change while putting more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans. In fact, a University of Massachusetts Amherst study found a 'cap and dividend' approach would mean more than 80 percent of families would see more money in their pockets, even before taking into account the economic benefits of preventing the costly impacts of climate change. The legislation is supported by groups including the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) Action Fund, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Environmental Defense Fund Action.

While the Trump Administration has abdicated American leadership on this critical issue, Senator Van Hollen believes Congress must fight back.


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