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Climate Crisis2020-02-19T16:19:50-05:00

By 2050, experts predict that average sea level could rise as much as 2 feet (and up to 5 feet by the end of the century). With more than 3,000 miles of shoreline, and approximately 265,000 acres of land that is less than 5 feet above sea level, Maryland’s coastal communities are among the most vulnerable in the country. In Maryland, greenhouse emissions come from electricity use and the transportation sector. Maryland currently has a goal to reduce these emissions by 25 percent from a 2006 baseline by 2020. However, the latest science says that we need to do more. Maryland LCV wants to position Maryland as a national leader in fighting the climate crisis.

The changing climate is already resulting in noticeable impacts for farmers in Maryland. Increasing temperatures can impact crop yields. Warmer winters can allow agriculture pests from southern regions to become established in Maryland. Rising sea levels can cause salt water to infiltrate ground water, possibly impacting crops. For these reasons and more, state legislators who care about farmers also need to care about climate change.

Warming waters, increasingly intense storms, shoreline erosion – these are all symptoms of a changing climate. And, they are all factors that can negatively impact the fish and shellfish of the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland’s watermen depend on healthy fish stocks to make a living. Healthy fish can’t exist without legislators who support a healthy Bay and take action against climate change!

Flooded streets, extreme weather events, and a supply chain disrupted by a changing environment are bad for business. Politicians who support clean energy solutions understand that they are not only good for the environment, they are good for business.

tourists walking down the boardwalk in Ocean City, MarylandEvery year, thousands of people flock to Maryland’s beaches, bays, rivers, lakes, and forests to enjoy the splendor of these wonderful environments. Unfortunately, the impacts of climate change are putting all of these natural wonders in jeopardy. Legislators who truly understand the value of these areas also understand that Maryland must enact policies that reduce our output of greenhouse gases.

What is MDLCV doing about this issue? Clean Energy for All, Clean Buses Healthy Ninos, Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, & Transportation Climate Initiative