Clean energy is a win-win for Maryland, and earlier this year the Maryland General Assembly passed the bipartisan Clean Energy Jobs Act. However, Governor Larry Hogan vetoed the act. Now Chesapeake PSR and Maryland Environmental Health Network are asking Maryland health professionals to sign on to a letter urging state legislative leaders to overturn the Hogan veto in the 2017 legislative session.
The Clean Energy Jobs Act is good for health in Maryland. It improves air quality and reduces air pollution from fossil fuels that is linked to lung cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular issues, preterm births, neuro-developmental disorders, attention problems, Alzheimer's and premature death.
The Clean Energy Jobs Act will increase Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), committing Maryland to receive 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 - an increase from the current goal of 20 percent by 2022. Maryland not only meets its RPS targets every year, but has exceeded renewable energy goals nine years in a row with falling renewable energy prices.
The health value of these achievements is significant. But it's not just good for health: It's a winner for economic growth, too.
With a veto override, the Clean Energy Jobs Act will deploy over one gigawatt of new renewable energy. It will increase economic growth by up to $600 million per year and save lives through reductions in health-hazardous air pollution. To promote the health of all Marylanders, achieve health care savings, and address climate change, we ask your help in urging state legislators to override the veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act at the start of the 2017 legislative session.
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