Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has joined several state legislators in pushing for a massive expansion of the regulatory state, believing government control of the economy is the only effective response to the catastrophic threat of global warming. We wrote about the scheme yesterday here and here.
This morning’s second-day stories give business more opportunity to respond. From The Baltimore Sun:
[Representatives] of Maryland’s only steel mill, the Domino Sugar factory in Baltimore and a paper mill in Western Maryland warned of closings or dire financial losses if the state passes a law with some of the nation’s toughest limits on carbon dioxide.
“That plant is not going to survive,” said Gene Burner, lobbyist for the ArcelorMittal steel plant at Sparrows Point, which employs 2,500 workers. “In order to make steel, you have to produce carbon dioxide. … The only way to limit carbon dioxide is not to make it.”
And from The Washington Post:
“If you totally eliminate all of Maryland’s greenhouse gases, you won’t see any difference in the climate-change issue,” Michael Powell of the Maryland Industrial Technology Alliance, a manufacturing industry group, told the committee.
AP story here.
UPDATE (9 a.m.): From the Maryland Chamber of Commerce:
“It is impossible for a small state, such as Maryland, to achieve a reduction goal as large as the 25 percent by 2020, and 90 percent by 2050,” said Maryland Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Allyson Black. “This legislation is counterproductive, and would make it extremely difficult for businesses to survive.”
A number of Maryland Chamber members testified in opposition to SB 309 today, including Maryland Industrial Technology Alliance, Maryland Petroleum Council, Redland Brick, Inc., NewPage, Allegheny Energy, Mirant Mid-Atlantic, Constellation Energy and ArcelorMittall.
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