Climate Change and Energy
Chesapeake PSR actively promotes clean renewable energy and energy-efficiency programs and policies in Maryland and Virginia. We also build the knowledge base and advocacy skills of Maryland and Virginia health professionals and health advocates so that they can play a part in addressing issues related to climate change, energy choices and human health.
Fossil fuel energy production in Maryland and Virginia emits dangerous amounts of pollutants into the air, leading to a variety of serious health issues including respiratory ailments, heart attacks, strokes and lung cancer. Fossil fuels also produce greenhouse gases. These greenhouse gases cause our planet to warm and our climate to change. A warmer world increases health risks such as extreme weather events, heat, air pollution, allergies, water pollution and infectious disease.
To address these impacts, Chesapeake PSR supports efforts to:
- Increase the amount of clean, renewable energy used in Maryland and Virginia. In Maryland, we are supporting legislation that would support a transition to 100 percent clean renewable energy by 2035.
- Fight against natural gas infrastructure, such as pipelines, compressor stations and export terminals in Maryland and Virginia.
- Train and educate health and medical professionals and the general public about how climate change and the use of fossil fuels and other dirty energy sources affect our health.
- Reduce nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and other harmful emissions from coal-fired power plants in Maryland and Virginia.
- Oppose the expansion of dirty and/or dangerous energy such as coal, incineration, natural gas and nuclear power.
- Oppose the use of hydraulic fracturing or fracking in Virginia. Read about our work on the successful fracking ban in Maryland.
- Ensure the fair treatment and involvement of all people in the development of Maryland and Virginia energy choices.
Read more about Chesapeake PSR's positions on climate change and energy.