Chesapeake Life Magazine
"Marylanders across the state and across party lines are in favor of expanding renewable energy for its economic and environmental benefits. By choosing to veto this important piece of legislation, Governor Hogan turns his back on an opportunity for economic growth and investment in our state, and the thousands of well-paying, green-economy collar jobs that the bill would have created. This decision puts him out of step with Marylanders who want their leaders to create economic opportunity, create jobs, and combat climate change. A legislative override to this veto will be a top priority of Maryland LCV moving forward."
The Clean Energy Jobs Act expanded the amount of energy Maryland would derive from renewable sources such as wind and solar to 25% by the year 2020. Currently the State's goal is 20% renewables by the year 2022. The bill would have led to more than 1000 new jobs per year in Maryland during construction and approximately 4600 direct jobs in the region from wind, alone. The bill received support from more than 160 Maryland businesses. A 2016 poll conducted by the Maryland Climate Coalition showed that nearly three-quarters of Marylanders across party lines backed the policy to expand renewable energy.
As Annapolis cleans up the confetti after Sine Die, we celebrated several victories for smart environmental policy. Despite a new Administration and more than 60 new legislators, the 2015 Maryland General Assembly took several important actions to ensure Maryland is a healthy and prosperous place for families and communities, to protect the Chesapeake Bay and local waters, and to promote clean energy.
Our legislators heard our voices loud and clear that Marylanders value the environment. During the three-month session, we organized more than 10,000 emails and almost 1,000 phone calls to legislators, urging the protection of our quality of life and our natural resources.