Climate Change and Energy
Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility (Chesapeake PSR) actively promotes clean renewable energy and energy-efficient programs and policies. We also build the knowledge base and advocacy skills of health professionals and health advocates so that they can play a meaningful part in addressing issues related to climate change, energy choices, and human health.
Fossil fuel energy production in Maryland 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.
- 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.
- Oppose the expansion of dirty and/or dangerous energy such as coal, incineration and nuclear power.
- Oppose the use of hydraulic fracturing or fracking in Maryland.
- Ensure the fair treatment and involvement of all people in the development of Maryland’s energy choices.
Read more about Chesapeake PSR's positions on climate change and energy.
The Public Service Commission has scheduled two public hearings in late March for the development of an offshore wind project in an area off the Maryland coast. A decision is expected by mid-May. Offshore wind has the potential to play a huge role in a new clean energy economy.
Competing fracking bills in the Maryland General Assembly will have vastly different outcomes. One would ban fracking in Maryland, the other would set a terrible precedent for the development of laws and regulations designed to protect public health.
The Maryland General Assembly overrode Governor Hogan's veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, paving the way for increased renewable energy and clean energy jobs growth.
Fracking in Maryland: Chesapeake PSR issues two papers on how fracking harms human health and why regulations cannot protect Maryland residents.
RGGI and Maryland's EmPOWER program benefit Maryland's health, economy and environment. Chesapeake PSR's Sara Via, PhD, on why clean air and climate change may be at a crossroads in Maryland.
Donald Trump's choice to lead EPA, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has spent his career working to dismantle basic public health protections. National PSR is working to stop his appointment.
Maryland fracking regulations do not protect Maryland residents from health and environmental harms. Chesapeake PSR submitted detailed comments to MDE on problems with Maryland fracking regulations.
Arctic sea ice is receding at an alarming rate. But locally in Maryland, you can take steps to reduce carbon emissions. If you are a health professional, please sign a letter to the Maryland General Assembly urging them to override Governor Hogan's veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act.
Carbon pollution and climate change harm children's health in Maryland, writes Chesapeake PSR Climate Health Action Team Co-Lead Alfred Bartlett MD.
Dominion Cove Point liquefied natural gas facility poses an intolerable risk to Maryland residents' health and safety, write Chesapeake PSR President Gwen DuBois, MD, MPH and Lili Sheeline of Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community.