The Maryland Department of the Environment is seeking your thoughts on the 2011 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Draft Plan - Maryland's strategy for addressing climate change.
In keeping with requirements of Maryland law, MDE has drafted a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. The final plan is to be submitted in December.
Stakeholder input is critical to the process - and we're all stakeholders.
Maryland is the third most vulnerable state to sea level rise, one of the major consequences of climate change. Rising sea levels, along with increased storm intensity, could have devastating and far-reaching environmental and economic impacts on the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and the quality of life Marylanders currently enjoy.
The draft plan includes 65 control measures to address the potential impact of climate change. The law also requires the actions in the plan to have a positive impact on job creation and to contribute to Maryland's economy. The draft plan will create 36,000 jobs and have a $6 billion economic benefit to our state's economy.
We want to hear from you on this important issue. Come to a public meeting and share your ideas and opinions. And please spread the word about these meetings to any members of your group, your friends or anyone who might be interested in having a say on this issue.