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.
- 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.
Sign a petition urging the Virginia General Assembly to remove anti-competitive solar policies in Virginia. Increasing solar energy in Virginia will benefit health and the economy.
Virginia's Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline will fuel climate change and harm the health, water and air of Virginia residents. Chesapeake PSR and others are working to halt the pipelines.
Catastrophic hurricanes like Irma and Harvey are becoming stronger and more frequent. Climate scientists warn of the role played by climate change and warming oceans.
Virginia health professionals urged the DEQ to write regulations to reduce coal-fired power plant CO2 emissions and allow Virginia to join a multi-state carbon reduction program such as RGGI.
Virginia groups fight the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline, two mammoth pipelines that would harm the health, safety and drinking water of millions of Virginians.
Nine eastern states, including Maryland, announced that they have agreed on a proposal to cut global-warming pollution from the region's power plants an additional 30 percent between 2020 and 2030.
Chesapeake PSR and groups filed a notice of intent to sue the EPA over coal-fired power plant pollution from five upwind states.
Chesapeake PSR testified at a public hearing in opposition to EPA's attempt to roll back protections from toxic waste water discharges from coal power plants. Chesapeake PSR and other groups are suing EPA over its effort to weaken these standards.
Trump's proposed loosening of air pollution regulations is too risky and will bring more premature deaths, said a NEJM editorial. A major new study shows the adverse health impacts of particulate matter, especially on vulnerable populations.
Chesapeake PSR's Dr. Sara Via writes that Governor Hogan's support for a stronger Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is critical if Maryland is to meet its 2030 climate goals.