Maryland General Assembly, the Greenhouse Gas Bill

By April 14, 2009Energy, Global Warming

From the AP round-up on the just-completed session of the Maryland Legislature:


After failing last year, legislation to reduce Maryland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 was passed this year. The bill seeks to reduce greenhouse gas with renewable energy and recycling. Business and labor organizations support the bill, because the measure specifically requires the state to ensure there will be no loss of manufacturing jobs as a result of the bill.

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act of 2009 is HB 315. As the Maryland Chamber described it: “The bill requires the State to reduced statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 2006 levels by 2020. The legislation, which exempts manufacturers from contributing to the required 25 percent reduction, would be up for review by the legislature in 2016. Provisions required by the bill, if passed, would go into effect October 1.”

The Manufacturers Alliance of Maryland regarded the exemption of manufacturing from the greenhouse gas control bill as a major victory for manufacturers in the state. See legislative update.

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