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Statement of the Signing of the Fracking Ban

From our Executive Director, Karla Raettig:

Annapolis, MD- Maryland League of Conservation Voters is proud to stand with the Don’t Frack Maryland coalition in the bipartisan victory in banning hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state of Maryland today with Governor Hogan’s signature making it law.

When the Maryland General Assembly passed the fracking moratorium in 2015, our leaders wanted to enact policy that matched the science behind it. With waves of grassroots support such as Annapolis Fracking March, over 1,000 of our Maryland neighbors stood together to protect our air, land, water, and health. Our elected officials heard us and now we are here today permanently protected from this unsafe practice.

The science and policy are now in alignment to protect all Marylanders from fracking. This would not be possible without the tireless support from 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.  

By |2019-11-23T06:17:22-05:00April 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

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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www.mdlcv.org

By |2019-12-07T13:19:00-05:00March 27th, 2017|Categories: Press|0 Comments

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

By |2019-12-07T13:16:14-05:00March 17th, 2017|Categories: Press|0 Comments

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.

By |2019-12-07T13:12:44-05:00March 7th, 2017|Categories: Press|0 Comments

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 inEnglish 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.

“Once again, too many members of Congress were complicit in extreme attacks on many of our cornerstone environmental laws that protect our air, water, wildlife and public lands,”  Maryland LCV’s Executive Director, Karla Raettig. “Fortunately, our Congressional delegation, with the exception of Congressman Andy Harris, consistently opposed these polluter-driven attacks, fighting for the health of Marylanders, our environment, and our future.”

The 2016 Scorecard scores votes cast during the second session of the 114th Congress. It includes 38 House votes, setting a new record for the most votes scored in the House and reflecting that, under Speaker Paul Ryan, the U.S. House remains the most anti-environmental in history. The average House Republican score for 2016 was five percent, while the average House Democrat score was ninety-four percent.

The good news is that the number of environmental champions in Congress continues to grow, and they are becoming more vocal and effective than ever before. Our environmental allies stood up for our clean air and water, public lands, climate science, wildlife, and more. They fought for the health of our families and voted against the interests of Big Polluters. Thanks to President Obama and our environmental champions in Congress fought off the seemingly endless parade of attacks on our environmental protections from the Republican-led Congress.

The 2016 Scorecard is being released at a time when attacks on the environment are already coming fast and furious from both the Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress.  While the attacks contained in the 2016 Scorecard were largely prevented from becoming law thanks to opposition in the Senate and President Obama’s veto pen, those attacks serve as a preview of what’s at stake now that polluters have an ally in the White House who can be expected to sign these anti-environmental pieces of legislation should they reach his desk.  Indeed, both houses of Congress have already passed a resolution eliminating the Stream Protection Rule using the radical Congressional Review Act (CRA) legislative tool, and the House has passed a similar measure voiding the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Waste Reduction Rule—both of which are the subject of votes in the 2016 Scorecard.

In Maryland, seven House members and both Senators earned a score of 80 percent or greater on the 2015 Scorecard. The average House score in 2016 for Maryland was 85.25 percent and the average Senate score was 97 percent.

“In the final year of the Obama administration, the Republican leadership in Congress continued its relentless assault on both bedrock environmental protections and recent progress even as we experienced the hottest year on record – for the third year in a row – and world leaders came together on Earth Day to sign the historic climate agreement reached in Paris,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Fortunately, President Obama and our allies in Congress beat back the vast majority of these attacks and stood up for the health of our families, communities of color on the frontlines of climate change, and the international consensus to take action on climate.”

Maryland

1

Harris

R

0

2

Ruppersberger

D

95

3

Sarbanes

D

100

4

Edwards

D

95

5

Hoyer

D

92

6

Delaney

D

100

7

Cummings

D

100

8

Van Hollen

D

100

Maryland

 Senator Cardin

D

100

 Senator Mikulski

D

94

For over 40 years, the National Environmental Scorecard issued by LCV has been the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health, and energy issues. For more information, visit http://scorecard.lcv.org.

By |2019-12-07T13:25:57-05:00February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Press|0 Comments

Let’s Keep Up the Momentum

I only have one word for the incredible turnout at the Environmental Legislative Summit- W-O-W! This was my eighth summit with Maryland LCV, and I’ve never seen so many Marylanders attending the Environmental Legislative Summit. I can’t thank you enough!

Download the agenda and summit packets here.

Throughout the years, all the progress we’ve made as an environmental community has been because of you. So many people attended, that there were lines to get into the room and into the building. What an incredible force we are, I am so proud to be a member of this community with you.

One of my favorite parts of the evening was Speaker of the House Mike Busch proclaiming, “…No matter what happens in DC,… We are not going to back down one iota on the environment!” Protecting our natural resources is what makes us Marylanders, and I’m grateful to have local leaders who demonstrate my community’s values. 

As you may have heard, our Maryland General Assembly voted earlier to override Governor Hogan’s veto of the 2016 Clean Energy Jobs Act. I have no doubt this happened because of you joining your voice with your neighbors and advocating loudly to your legislators. And they LISTENED.
 
There were over 450 Marylanders that came to the Environmental Summit last week to hear about our other priorities:

  • Banning fracking in Maryland
  • Limiting the use of antibiotics in livestock for non-therapeutic purposes
  • Defending septics regulations

 You are the reason we work so hard to ensure a bright, healthy future for all Marylanders. Thank you for standing with me, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, the environmental community, and the natural resources of Maryland.
 
I look forward to many more successful actions this Session with you, 

Dannielle Lipinski, Communications and Outreach Manager
 

By |2019-11-23T06:17:22-05:00February 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

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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By |2019-12-07T13:28:36-05:00February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Press|0 Comments

Statement from Karla Raettig, 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.

By |2019-11-23T06:17:22-05:00February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

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.

This year’s environmental legislative priorities include:

  • Veto override of Clean Energy Jobs ActIn 2016, the Clean Energy Jobs Act (SB 921/ HB 1106) was approved by the General Assembly with a veto-proof margin. Governor Hogan later vetoed the bill. During this year’s session, the Maryland Climate Coalition and statewide environmental community intend to override the Governor’s veto and ensure an increase Maryland’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirement to 25% by 2020 from the current goal of 20% renewable energy by 2022.
  • Fracking BanThis legislation will formally ban the process of hydraulic fracturing, (Fracking) in the State of Maryland. Fracking results in toxic air and water pollution, as well as numerous health issues and emerging science has even linked the practice to increased localized seismic activity, including earthquakes. The existing moratorium on fracking in the State expires on October 1, 2017. This legislation will permanently protect the citizens and environment of Maryland from this dangerous practice.
  • Clean Septic SystemsSeptic systems contribute in excess of 3 million pounds of nitrogen per year to the Chesapeake Bay.  Traditional septic systems do not remove nitrogen from their waste streams. Since 2012, all new septic systems installed in Maryland have been required to use Best Available Technology (BAT) to remove nitrogen and preserve the health of our waterways. In the fall of 2016 the Hogan administration repealed this regulatory requirement in response to pressure from the development community. This legislation seeks to codify the requirement for BAT in septic systems by statute, and preserve the progress begun by the 2012 regulations.
  • Keep Antibiotics Working Bill of 2017—Antibiotic resistance is increasing due to routine application of antibiotics to food-producing animals in order help them gain weight or to compensate for unsanitary living conditions. This vital legislation will remove human antibiotics from industrial agriculture and limit their use to treatment of sick animals. Without swift action to curb routine application of antibiotics, health care providers could lose antibiotics as a life-saving tool. 

Please follow #MDEnviroSummit on social media.

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By |2019-12-07T13:20:27-05:00January 26th, 2017|Categories: Press|0 Comments

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.”

The report card notes that Governor Hogan’s actions do not always support the strong pro-environment statements he has made since the beginning of his term, and goes on to say: “Lofty aspirational goals of bipartisan cooperation and promoting a healthy Chesapeake Bay as ‘key to a strong economy and high quality of life—for all Marylanders’ as a top priority is admirable, but requires an equal commitment to maintaining strong regulatory protection and enforcement against bad actors.”

“We want to encourage both Governor Hogan’s actions and words when it comes to protecting our air, land, water and people,” said Ed Hatcher, Chair of Maryland LCV Board. “With a new federal administration that threatens to undermine environmental protections, state-level action becomes more important than ever. We need our Governor to assume greater leadership on climate change, protecting public health and conserving our natural resources.”

In the report, Maryland LCV praises Governor Hogan for his commitment to land conservation, signing the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act into law and open government and secretarial appointments. Maryland LCV gave low marks for the Governor’s veto of the 2016 Clean Energy Jobs Act, regulatory rollbacks and canceling the Red Line for Baltimore City.

After consultation with conservation leaders across the state, Maryland LCV Board of Directors and staff prepared the 2017 Governor’s Report Card. Maryland LCV awarded the Governor an overall grade for his performance on the environment based on a number of separately graded categories, which contain a number of detailed issues intended to be representative of the Hogan Administration’s commitment and actions on environmental issues.

LARRY HOGAN’S OVERALL GRADE: Needs Improvement 

ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE: Needs Improvement

TRANSPORTATION: Needs Improvement 

ADMINISTRATION AND APPOINTMENTS: Mixed

LAND PRESERVATION AND OPEN SPACE: Excellent 

WATER QUALITY: Needs Improvement

DEMOCRACY: Mixed

Go to www.mdlcv.org/ for past report cards and follow #HoganGreenReport on social media.

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The Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) is a state-wide, nonpartisan organization that uses political action and education to protect our air, land and water. Maryland LCV endorses and elects pro-conservation candidates and holds elected officials accountable through legislative scorecards. A leading legislative watchdog in Annapolis, we have advocated for smart environmental policies for almost 40 years, working to make Maryland a healthy and prosperous place for families and communities. Maryland LCV 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.

By |2019-12-07T13:19:59-05:00January 24th, 2017|Categories: Press|0 Comments