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The SOTU and What We’ve Done in Maryland - Part II

Here in Maryland, we are already working towards stronger families, stronger communities, and a stronger America.

The President’s State of the Union focused on finding new and innovative ways to cut waste, improve efficiencies, improve education — from Pre-School to higher education — and create jobs.  Here in Maryland, we are already working towards stronger families, stronger communities, and a stronger America.

A More Sustainable Energy Future

Here’s what President Obama said:

“Four years ago, other countries dominated the clean energy market and the jobs that came with it.  We’ve begun to change that.  Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America.  So let’s generate even more.”

And here’s what we’ve done and are doing in Maryland:

In Maryland, we’ve set some of the nation’s most aggressive renewable energy standards and goals both (1) because we understand that a green energy future matters for jobs, it matters for our quality of life and it matters for the future we leave our children; and (2) because we can only achieve progress if we set measurable goals and hold ourselves accountable.

This year, we’re proposing to move forward with the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013, a project that will create jobs, supply electricity, reduce emissions and put us on a path to long term price stability.

To learn more about our proposal, follow this link.

Climate Change

Here’s what President Obama said:

“For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change.”

“We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.”

And here’s what we’ve done and are doing in Maryland:

We agree with our President; climate change is real. So we’ve set goals to (1) increase our renewable energy portfolio, (2) reduce greenhouse gases, and (3) restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay. We’ve also taken steps to increase our State’s long-term resiliency to storm-related flooding and sea level rise.  I recently signed an executive order directing that all new and reconstructed state structures, as well as other infrastructure improvements, be planned and constructed to avoid or minimize future flood damage. We must take the necessary steps to adapt to the rising sea and unpredictable weather.

Follow this link to learn more about our Executive Order in Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath.

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