John understands that the Chesapeake Bay is one of our most important resources and is deeply committed to climate action and environmental justice. From flooding on the Eastern Shore to increased heat in Baltimore, the climate crisis is already impacting Marylanders’ way of life.
As co-chair of the Aspen K12 Climate Action Commission, John understands that a whole of government approach which centers Maryland’s most affected communities is necessary to fight climate change and repair the injustices that thousands of Marylanders face.
With a watershed covering 64,000 square miles, we must protect the Bay and improve its health while protecting our vulnerable coastal communities from the effects of climate change.
One of the ways to restore our bay and reverse the effects of climate change throughout Maryland is to invest in our state’s untapped potential for renewable energy resources. For example, only 1.4% of our in-state electricity generation is from wind, despite the untapped potential of the Eastern Shore. By training and hiring Marylanders that live on the Eastern Shore to work in clean energy, we can benefit a historically underserved community while taking action on climate change. Most recently, US Wind announced they will be building Sparrows Point Steel and bringing union jobs back to the former home of Bethlehem Steel, once again proving how the investment in renewable energy can be an economic engine for the state. Maryland passing the Clean Energy Jobs Act in 2019 with the goal of 50% clean, renewable energy by 2030 was an important step, but we can do so much more.
Under John’s leadership, Maryland will become one of the first states to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions while creating thousands of good-paying green union jobs that grow and strengthen the middle-class.
As Governor, John will:
- Uphold Maryland’s part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement that has been put on the back burner under Governor Hogan.
- Ensure nutrient management plans are effectively addressing nitrogen run off and ammonia emissions from farms while meeting the needs of farmers to have a partner in the Department of Agriculture that can help them achieve compliance.
- Put Maryland on the path to become one of the first states to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.
- Streamline the approval process for solar, wind, geothermal, and other renewable energy projects
- Advance environmental justice and address the long-standing disparate harm of pollution to low-income communities and communities of color.
- Ensure a renewable energy sector comprised of good, union jobs and genuine diversity in both ownership and the workforce.