Chesapeake PSR

Supporting 100 percent clean energy by 2035 in Maryland

Climate Change and EnergyTimothy WhitehouseComment

Citing evidence for dangerous and accelerating disruption of our climate system, Chesapeake PSR's board of directors issued a statement in support of a goal of achieving 100 percent clean renewable electricity in Maryland by 2035.

The statement says, "To prevent unmanageable health crises and urge true leadership in addressing global warming, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility is now calling for a rapid transition to 100 percent clean renewable electricity in Maryland by 2035, a critical step forward on the path to a clean renewable energy- based economy."

The statement notes that, "Maryland is one of the most vulnerable states in the U.S. to climate change. It is also one of the wealthiest states, both in terms of financial and human resources, and is therefore well-positioned to take a leadership role in transforming all sectors that adversely impact climate. The electricity sector is a critical starting point."

The statement continues, "Given the rapid acceleration of global warming and the risk of reaching tipping points beyond which return to a stable climate system could become impossible, Chesapeake PSR is committed to working with coalition partners to expedite the transformation of our energy systems in Maryland. We believe the technology now exists to move rapidly toward an economy based on solar, wind, and other clean renewable sources of energy.  This will have immediate benefits to the health of Maryland residents, as well as benefits to the climate system. We further believe this transformation can and must be carried out in a way that protects the most vulnerable citizens of our state and the workers who have built the current fossil fuel-based economy."

Read a fact sheet on 100 percent clean renewable energy in Maryland by 2035.

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