Climate Change and Energy
Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility (Chesapeake PSR) actively promotes clean renewable energy and energy-efficiency programs and policies. We also build the knowledge base and advocacy skills of 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 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.
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.
Chesapeake PSR joined a second lawsuit against the EPA for its failure to timely respond to our petition requesting that EPA object to the proposed air pollution permit issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment for the Fort Smallwood coal-fired power complex.
Climate change affects human health. A new report from a consortium of doctors and health professionals details how extreme weather, an increase in pests and other climate-related issues affect health.
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.