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“Maryland LCV Education Fund works strategically behind the scenes to provide critical support to local, regional, and national environmental groups.”

-Neal Fitzpatrick, Audubon Naturalist Society

Clean Energy
clean_energy.jpgGlobal warming is accelerating faster than scientists predicted even five years ago. Now it's even more critical that we shift away from fossil fuels, and yet nearly half of Maryland's greenhouse gas emissions still come from burning coal, oil and gas for electricity. The good news is Maryland has a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which requires electricity suppliers to buy a growing share of their power from renewable sources. The current goal is to reach 20% clean power by 2022 and make sure the right types of energy are being incentivized but we need a bold new goal of 40% by 2025 to achieve clean energy faster.
Defending the Contaminated Runoff Fee Program
stormwater.jpgIn developed areas, water can't soak into the ground like it normally would, so it washes off of hard surfaces like roads, roofs, and parking lots and carries contaminants like oil, antifreeze, and sediment into local streams and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. This contaminated runoff is the only source of Bay pollution that is still increasing, and yet some politicians want to repeal the state law passed to address this problem. They mock the contaminated runoff programs as a "rain tax," deliberately obscuring how the programs work and the seriousness of the pollution they are designed to fix. We intend to uphold the law already passed and educate Marylanders on how the program works to improve the quality of the Bay.
Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas
shale.jpgFracking is a dangerous drilling method used to extract natural gas from shale rock. Around the country, natural gas fracking has attracted widespread attention as surrounding communities have been subjected to drinking and ground water contamination, climate pollution, and land scarring. Due to the threat of these consequences in Maryland, it is imperative that the General Assembly hold off on fracking until careful, independent analyses are completed to determine whether the risky drilling practice makes sense for Maryland
What happened during the 2013 Session
The Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session ended on April 8th, 2013 and as always, the Maryland LCV Education Fund, along with our partners in the environmental community including Maryland LCV, fought to protect our Air, Land and Water. Read our legislative wrap up to find out how your voice made a difference. 

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