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.
Governor Hogan rejected calls for a safety study to determine the explosion and toxic pollution risks of the Cove Point liquefied gas export facility, being built just three miles from a nuclear power plant in a populated area.
The Baltimore City Council has adopted an ambitious climate resolution that criticizes the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and commits the city to a clean, equitable energy future.
Chesapeake PSR and Maryland Climate Coalition are advocating for a swift transition to clean, renewable energy, recognizing that climate change is a global phenomenon whose solutions, now more than ever, need to be found at the state and local level.
Two PSC-approved Maryland offshore wind projects will make Maryland an offshore wind leader. The offshore wind developments off the coast of Delaware and Ocean City will benefit public health and the economy.
Chesapeake PSR joined other environmental and health groups in a lawsuit to prevent Scott Pruitt's EPA from unlawfully rolling back important health protections for our nation's waterways from toxic water waste from US coal power plants.
Maryland's fracking ban victory teaches us some important lessons about winning future campaigns with a broad coalition and unwavering focus.
Offshore wind in Maryland moves forward one step. The Maryland Public Service Commission has scheduled two public hearings in late March for the development of two offshore wind projects 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.