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.
Virginia's water board voted on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline water quality certification, producing a mixed outcome for Virginia residents who oppose the pipeline.
Doctors must become more involved in issues of climate change and health, urges the AMA Journal of Ethics.
Governor-Elect Northam commended Chesapeake PSR and health professionals for educating on climate and health in Norfolk.
Saying the current approach is inadequate, Chesapeake PSR is announcing its support for achieving 100% clean renewable electricity in Maryland by 2035.
Virginia commits to Paris climate agreement goals by joining the Under2 Coalition of sub-national governments around the world who agree to substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Virginia's DEQ is proposing new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants. It's a step in the right direction, says the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Why rising CO2 levels matter: the big climate change picture. Maryland's seven coal-fired power plants emitted 20 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2014. Why that matters to health and environment.
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.