Press Releases

  • MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS’ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KARLA RAETTIG: STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR HOGAN’S SUPPORT OF THE FRACKING BAN

    IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           

    March 17, 2017

    For more information contact:       

    Karla Raettig, 202-674-3174 (c) kraettig@mdlcv.org                                                                                               

    MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS’ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KARLA RAETTIG:

    STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR HOGAN’S SUPPORT OF THE FRACKING BAN

    Annapolis, MD- Today, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters commends the Governor’s recent stance on supporting a full ban of the practice of hydraulic fracturing in Maryland. He joins the bi-partisan effort of a ban after the Maryland House of Delegates passed the legislation with overwhelming support.

    We also want to recognize the tireless efforts of our legislators in the Maryland General Assembly, Chairman Kumar Barve, Delegate Shane Robinson, Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, Senator Bobby Zirkin and Chairwoman Joan Carter-Conway for their support of this bill.  This action would not have happened without the dedication and work of thousands of advocates from more than 140 organizations across the State.

    We look forward to working with the Governor and General Assembly to protect Maryland from this dangerous practice for the good of all Marylanders and the planet.

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    www.mdlcv.org

  • MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS’ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KARLA RAETTIG: STATEMENT ON THE FRACKING BAN VICTORY IN THE MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           

    March 27, 2017

    For more information contact:       

    Karla Raettig, 202-674-3174 (c) kraettig@mdlcv.org                                                                                               

    MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS’ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KARLA RAETTIG:

    STATEMENT ON THE FRACKING BAN VICTORY IN THE MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    Annapolis, MD- Today, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters is honored to stand with the Don’t Frack Maryland coalition in celebration of the passage of the Fracking Ban through the Senate chamber with a bipartisan vote of 35-10.

    After the March 10th house vote, and with the Governor’s recent stance on supporting a full ban of the practice of hydraulic fracturing in Maryland, this cements the protection of all Marylanders against this dangerous practice.

    When we began working on this issue seven years ago, we knew this would be an uphill battle. Over the years since passing the moratorium in 2015, the science and policy are now in alignment to protect all Marylanders from fracking. This resulted from the enormous grassroots efforts of the Don't Frack Maryland coalition and our legislative leaders, Chairman Kumar Barve, Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, Delegate Shane Robinson, Chairwoman Joan Carter-Conway, Senator Bobby Zirkin, Senator Paul Pinsky, Senator Roger Manno, and others in championing this cause and blazing a trail for our neighboring states.

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  • CHISPA MARYLAND HOLDS FIRST CHISPA ADVOCACY DAY IN ANNAPOLIS

    IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          

    March 7, 2017                                                

    For more information contact:
    Ramon Palencia-Calvo, 202-531-5091
    rpcalvo@mdlcv.org                                                                                                           

    CHISPA MARYLAND HOLDS FIRST CHISPA ADVOCACY DAY IN ANNAPOLIS 

    Annapolis, MD – Chispa Maryland, a program within the Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, held the first ever Chispa Advocacy Day. Supporters within the organization visited the Maryland General Assembly and the Latino Legislative Caucus.

    Accompanied by 25 students from Northwestern High School, Chispa Director Ramon Palencia Calvo took them to the state house, a tour of Annapolis, and they met with their legislators representing them in Annapolis.

    “By introducing these students to Annapolis at a young age, we hope to spark interest in local government and the power that people have to influence their world, in the true meaning of Chispa,” said the Director of Chispa Maryland, Ramon Palencia Calvo.

    The students met with Delegate Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk, Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, Delegate Maricé I. Morales, Delegate Carlo Sanchez, and Senator Victor R. Ramirezto advocate for a Styrofoam ban, air pollution related to diesel trucks in their neighborhood, and climate change.

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    Chispa Maryland is a program within the Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (Maryland LCV Ed Fund). Maryland LCV Ed Fund protects public health by fighting for restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and local waters, preserving green spaces, promoting smarter growth, and increasing Maryland’s investment in clean energy.

  • Maryland LCV Announces Delegation Scores from LCV’s 2016 National Environmental Scorecard

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Thursday, February 23, 2017
    Contact: Karla Raettig, 202-674-3174 (c) kraettig@mdlcv.org   

    Maryland LCV Announces Delegation Scores from LCV’s 2016 National Environmental Scorecard

    **Full Scorecard available in English and Spanish here**

    Annapolis, MD–Maryland LCV today unveiled scores for the Maryland delegation released this morning as part of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) 2016 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard includes 17 votes in the Senate votes and 38 House votes, which sets a new record for the most votes scored in the House and reflects that, under Speaker Paul Ryan, the U.S. House remains the most anti-environmental in history. This is in direct contrast to President Obama who led the way on combating climate change and protecting our environment. The Scorecard is available in both English and Spanish at scorecard.lcv.org.

  • MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS’ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KARLA RAETTIG: STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF THE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS ACT

    For more information contact:      

    Karla Raettig, 202-674-3174 (c) kraettig@mdlcv.org                                                                                               

    MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS’ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KARLA RAETTIG:

    STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF THE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS ACT

    Today we at the Maryland League of Conservation Voters celebrate an early victory this session with one of our major climate bills, The Clean Energy Jobs Act, passing out of the Maryland General Assembly today, despite Governor Hogan’s veto of the bill last session.

    We applaud the General Assembly for standing up for Maryland’s clean energy economy and increasing our state’s renewable energy. This bill continues Maryland’s leadership on combatting climate change and reflects what we all know; Maryland voters want action on climate.

    We can no longer depend on the national administration to take action against climate change, and action at the state level is more important than ever. We are enthused to have a General Assembly taking up the reins of leadership on climate change.

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  • 2017 Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit

    For Immediate Release: 
    January 26, 2017               

    Contact:  Kristen Harbeson, Maryland LCV
    410-280-9855 x202
    kharbeson@mdlcv.org

    2017 Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Leana Wen, Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore

    ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – Maryland Environmental Community hosted the Annual Environmental Legislative Summit today in the Miller Senate Office Building to discuss the 2017 environmental priorities.

    "How long and how well we live depends more on our zip code than our genetic code. Taking care of our health also means safeguarding the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the environment around us. We must strive for environmental justice in order to protect the health and well-being of all Marylanders." The keynote speaker, Dr. Leana Wen, Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore.

  • GOVERNOR HOGAN EARNS “NEEDS IMPROVEMENT” SCORE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RECORD

    IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   

    For more information contact:

    Karla Raettig, 202-674-3174 (c)
    kraettig@mdlcv.org

    January 24, 2017      

    GOVERNOR HOGAN EARNS “NEEDS IMPROVEMENT” SCORE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RECORD 

    Maryland League of Conservation Voters Releases Report Card for Governor’s First Two Years in Office  

    Annapolis, MD – The Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) gives Governor Hogan a mark of “Needs Improvement” on his first environmental report card, released today, noting that the Governor’s actions don’t always match his words when it comes to prioritizing the environment and public health. But the group notes that, with a new President who has promised to rollback federal protections and nominated an environmental cabinet that denies climate change, the organization looks to Governor Hogan to show that conservation is not a partisan concern and that supporting public health and protecting natural treasures are good for business.  

    “This report card reflects both Governor Hogan’s strengths and opportunities for improvement over the last two years,” said Karla Raettig, Maryland LCV Executive Director. “We hope the Governor’s office will work with us to us to live up to his promise to be an environmental champion who uses Maryland’s extraordinary natural resources to promote a healthy economy and improved lives for all Marylanders, regardless of income, demographic profile, or zip code.”

  • MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS ANNOUNCES LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR THE 2017 MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION

    IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               Contact: Karla Raettig, 202-674-3174 (c)

    January 11, 2017                                                                                 Email: kraettig@mdlcv.org

    MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS ANNOUNCES LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR THE 2017 MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION

    Environmental Group Outlines Legislative Priorities Beneficial to All Marylanders

    Annapolis, MD – On the first day of the 2017 Maryland General Assembly Legislative session, Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) announces their environmental priorities. They will work with diverse coalitions across the state, made up of other environmental advocates, faith leaders, labor unions, business leaders, and social justice groups.

    “We look forward to working with the General Assembly this session to aggressively address issues of climate change, water pollution, environmental justice, and trash,” says Karla Raettig, executive director of Maryland LCV. “Maryland legislators have a responsibility to their constituents and all Marylanders to protect the environment for generations to come.”

  • Maryland LCV Releases 2016 Environmental Scorecards

    IMMEDIATE RELEASE    
     
    For more information contact:
    July 25, 2016
    Karla Raettig, 202-674-3174 (c)
     
    MARYLAND LCV SCORECARD LAUDS LEGISLATURE FOR STRONG ACTION ON ENVIRONMENT BUT SAYS SOME PRIORITIES OVERLOOKED OR DEFEATED
     
    Environment Group Vows to Help Overturn Governor Hogan’s Veto of Climate Legislation