Baltimore City, Prince George’s and Montgomery County Councils Unite in Call for Clean Air Action
Local Governments Tell Hogan its Time to Unblock Key Protections

BALTIMORE, MD – The Baltimore City Council joined the Prince George’s and Montgomery County Councils this week by passing a resolution supporting clean air action for Maryland, specifically by cleaning up the state’s coal plants. The unanimous vote by the city council comes in response to controversial actions by Gov. Hogan to block clean air protections that had been finalized by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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Maryland's rapidly growing wind energy industry is under attack during this legislative session in Annapolis.  Your help is urgently needed to combat this misguided and blatant attack on renewable energy.

People living in the South Baltimore community of Curtis Bay are no strangers to heavy industrialization and failed development, but an organization called Free Your Voice--a student-led human rights committee of United Workers--is organizing to bring fair development to Curtis Bay instead. Join Free Your Voice in celebrating recent victories and building their movment at The Concert for Fair Development on April 25th at 3pm in Curtis Bay!

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We're ready to turn up the heat on Governor Hogan to ensure his administration implements long-awaited health protections from Maryland's dirty coal plants in time for the 2015 asthma season.

Clean air is a human right, and it’s up to you, me, and our elected officials to ensure that right is upheld.

Currently, 40% of our state’s energy comes from dirty, polluting coal that contributes to Maryland having the worst smog pollution on the East Coast, and increasing generation from fracked gas is not a healthy solution.

That’s why the Maryland Sierra Club and a coalition of allies are working to pass the Maryland Clean Energy Advancement Act, which would set a goal for 40% of our energy to come from clean, renewable sources instead by 2025.

And we need your help to fight for clean energy.

Join hundreds of Marylanders for the biggest Clean Energy Lobby Night and Rally of the year in Annapolis on February 23rd.

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Bad news from Governor Hogan already.
As one of his first acts in office, Governor Hogan is threatening to condemn Maryland families to more dirty air, by holding up protections against coal-fired power plant pollution.
The Maryland Sierra Club and prominent public health advocates have been working with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) for well over a year on safeguards that would protect Marylanders from harmful smog pollution, which is responsible for a host of adverse health effects, including triggering asthma attacks, especially in vulnerable populations such as children. Smog is formed when nitrogen oxides emitted from burning coal and other sources react with other pollutants to form ground-level ozone. While some of the state’s coal units have modern technology to reduce these harmful emissions, most fail to use it consistently. Other units don’t have modern pollution-cutting technology at all. This puts our air and our health at risk.


On his first day of office, Governor Larry Hogan delayed several important environmental regulations that were poised to go into effect.  Earlier today Sierra Club released this statement.  More info to come.

TAKE ACTION NOW! Send a message to Governor Hogan:

Sierra Club Comes Out Against Hogan, NRG For Yanking Clean Air Protections
First Day in Office, New Gov. Eliminates Public Health Safeguards

Contact:  Adam Beitman, Sierra Club, 202-670-5585 or
Thursday, January 22, 2014

BALTIMORE, MD – Last week, after more than fifteen months of intensive engagement with industry and the public health community, Maryland's Department of the Environment finalized new protections against air pollution from the state’s coal-fired power plants. These safeguards would protect Marylanders from harmful smog pollution, which is responsible for a host of adverse health effects, including triggering asthma attacks, especially in vulnerable populations such as children.

Last night, the Baltimore Sun reported that the Governor’s first move in office was to take the controversial action of yanking those protections at the printing press. This action was taken after the regulations were signed and finalized by Secretary of the Environment.

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Being energy-efficient at home is one of the easiest ways to protect the environment.  You can do this, and save energy and money off your electric bill by using a programmable thermostat. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you can get one at no charge from Pepco and Delmarva Power. Here are a few tips on how to use your programmable thermostat, and an idea for how to save even more energy through the Energy Wise RewardsTM program offered by Pepco and Delmarva Power.