The workshop will address available information on:
- air emissions and water discharges of toxic and harmful air pollutants from coal-fired and natural gas-fired power plants and natural gas infrastructure in Maryland and from electricity imported into Maryland,
- the methods used by the state and federal governments to collect information on air emissions and water discharges and how the public can access and interpret this information,
- information gaps, providing participants with an understanding of the health consequences of using fossil fuels to produce electricity, and
- a specific call to action for participants.
The information gathered in this workshop will be used to support community efforts to address fossil fuel pollution in participants’ neighborhoods, to support efforts to wind down our dependence on fossil fuels, and to support efforts to transition to a clean energy economy.
Understanding the Health Consequences in Maryland of Electricity Produced From Fossil Fuels
November 9, 2017
5:45-6:30 – Dinner and Social
6:30 to 8:30 – Event
1211 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD
Session 1: Maryland’s Electricity Profile – Why Gas is Booming and Coal Isn’t Dying (20 minutes with questions)
- Electricity produced from fossil fuels in Maryland – current profile and projections for the future. This discussion will provide maps with locations of facilities, energy produced and related infrastructure (pipelines, railways, roads that service the facilities).
- Electricity produced from fossil fuels and imported into Maryland – current profile and projections for the future. This discussion will provide – to the extent possible – maps with locations, energy produced and related infrastructure.
- Other sources of energy and projections of future growth
- What are Cove Point and the pipeline battles all about?
Session 2: Health Consequences of Electricity from Coal and Natural Gas – It Is Worse Than You Thought (50 minutes with questions)
- Air emissions from coal-fired power plants and gas-fired power plants
- Water discharges from coal-fired power plants and gas-fired power plants
- Fracking infrastructure, including pipelines, compressor stations and the Cove Point export terminals, and effects in Maryland (e.g. air pollution)
- Other effects – transportation of coal, effects of infrastructure development
Session 3: Troubling Trends (20 minutes with questions)
- Brief review of the science – Science indicates the need to act quickly and decisively on climate change. There is an increased sense of urgency. However, the U.S. is moving in the wrong direction.
- Executive orders – President’s Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth
- Elimination of the Clean Power Plan
- Withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement
- Methane rule
- Effluent guidelines for coal-fired power plants
- Offshore drilling
Session 4: A Call to Action (20 minutes)
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