Maryland joins greenhouse coalition

Apr 22, 2007

Maryland has joined a multi-state effort to curb global warming by cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

Gov. Martin O'Malley cited the potential threat global warming and rising sea levels pose to his state's coastline as a reason to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

The initiative will create a cap-and-trade scheme for CO2 emissions beginning in 2009. The goal is to reduce CO2 emissions from power plants in 10 Northeastern states.

The Baltimore Sun said Saturday that Maryland's new Clean Air Act mandated joining the RGGI. The measure had been resisted by former Gov. Robert Ehrlich due to economic and grid reliability risks. Ehrlich signed the Clean Air Act nevertheless.

Maryland's primary power company, Constellation Energy, said it looked forward to working with state officials and saw the initiative as a "steppingstone" to a nationwide emissions policy, the newspaper said.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: Risks from extreme weather are 'significant and increasing'

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

New battery technology for electric vehicles

12 hours ago

Scientists at the Canadian Light Source are on the forefront of battery technology using cheaper materials with higher energy and better recharging rates that make them ideal for electric vehicles (EVs).

What commercial aircraft will look like in 2050

Nov 07, 2014

The aircraft industry is expecting a seven-fold increase in air traffic by 2050, and a four-fold increase in greenhouse gas emissions unless fundamental changes are made. But just how "fundamental" will those ...

US-China climate deal aims to prod others to act

Nov 13, 2014

A groundbreaking agreement struck by the United States and China is putting the world's two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. With the clock ticking ...

Scrubbers should offset residue accumulation

Nov 12, 2014

A leading applied engineer says suitably-designed intake scrubbers would improve the operation of air heaters in coal-fired boilers, and reduce acid rain-causing emissions.

Recommended for you

Australia out of step with new climate momentum

21 minutes ago

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who rose to power in large part by opposing a tax on greenhouse gas emissions, is finding his country isolated like never before on climate change as the U.S., China ...

Education is key to climate adaptation

15 hours ago

Given that some climate change is already unavoidable—as just confirmed by the new IPCC report—investing in empowerment through universal education should be an essential element in climate change adaptation ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.