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The Chesapeake Newsletter - Spring 2008

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Opposition to New Nuclear Reactor at Calvert Cliffs Continues

by Bob Boxwell
The fight against the proposed new nuclear reactor at Calvert Cliffs in Lusby, Maryland (Calvert County) remains active. The Chesapeake Safe Energy Coalition (ChesSEC) ( continues to develop opposition throughout Maryland while promoting energy conservation and renewable energy sources.

Legislation Could Propel Maryland into Leadership on Global Warming Solutions

by Alana Wase
Citizens all across the state are weighing in to help pass the Global Warming Solutions Act, SB309/HB717. The legislation commits the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 (baseline 2006), and 90% by 2050, numbers scientifically set to avoid the most severe impacts of global warming.

Meet Ron Henry, Our New Chapter Chair

by Ron Henry
I am looking forward to meeting and working with as many of you as I can during my tenure. We live in a wonderful but rapidly changing state here in our beautiful Maryland, and we have a myriad of environmental issues to address on a continual basis.

Highways and Charles County Development Could Doom the Chesapeake’s Crown Jewel

What would you say about a society that allowed the best tributary to the largest estuary in the world to slip away? That is exactly what is foreseen for Mattawoman Creek, deemed “the best, most productive tributary to the Chesapeake Bay” by Maryland state fisheries biologists.

In Search of Help for Mattawoman Creek

Sierra Club is working in partnership with the Mattawoman Watershed Society and MD Bass Federation to protect this valuable Chesapeake Bay resource.

Demystifying Renewable Energy Credits

by Richard Reis
RECs are a market-based device to allow people and corporations to benefit financially when generating energy from renewable energy sources—sources that do not emit global warming gases, principally carbon-dioxide (CO2). They also permit others to purchase these credits to offset their energy-intensive activities that produce global warming gases, such as air travel. Thus, RECs are a potential mechanism for reducing global warming.

Buying RECs, CO2 Offsets, or Alternative Energy

We can buy renewable energy credits (RECs) or CO2 offsets by consulting several web sites.

Post a Sign to Help Protect Maryland’s Wildlands

by Mark Diehl
Nobody is really looking out for our wildlands. If we fall asleep on the job, we may wake up one day to find they’ve been reverted to the general management zone (a designation that basically means “subject to road building and logging”).

Join the Chapter’s Public Lands Defense Team

by Chris Yoder
As an American, you are the partial owner of a vast legacy of lands of incredible beauty and the repository of untold wealth. As owners of the land, Americans have an all-too-often ignored responsibility of stewardship for the lands entrusted to us. Protection of these priceless lands was one goal for John Muir and the other visionaries who founded the Sierra Club in 1892. You, as a member of the Club, are an heir to their vision.

We’re Almost There for Public Financing of General Assembly Campaigns

by Cliff Terry
Many of the legislators you lobby on environmental issues depend heavily on campaign contributions from businesses and industry trade associations. And the financial self-interest of many of these big contributors puts them on the “anti-environment” side of some of the issues you care most about.

An Inconvenient Truth That Environmentalists Don’t Want to Talk About

by Samuel B. Hopkins
The inconvenient truth is that the total human population must stop growing and then decrease, if we are to have any chance in the long run of preserving our environment, having a decent level of living in a resource-depleted world, and avoiding an uncontrolled collapse of population like that experienced by some past civilizations.

Group News Roundup

by Mary C. Corddry
There is something for everyone! The local Groups of the Sierra Club are active with the Sierra Club’s “Cool Cities” initiative, encouraging local governments and citizens to take action to address global warming. They survey and interview local candidates for public office, and make endorsements in collaboration with the State Chapter. They are involved with local land use and environmental issues. They volunteer for service outings to eradicate invasive plants, plant native species, maintain trails, and clean up streams. They enjoy the environment by hiking, biking, kayaking, stargazing, camping, and backpacking. They discuss environmental issues and socialize at dinners, picnics, slide shows, movies, and speaker series.

Joan Willey Interviews Nina Settina About State Parks

Nina Settina’s philosophy for State Parks is that they should serve as an oasis for people from all walks of life who seek a periodic respite from the sights and sounds of man. She also believes that state parks should be models of ecosystem management and restoration, providing healthy forests, meadows, wetlands, streams and rivers to support the diversity of Maryland’s native flora and fauna.

Better Cycling for Maryland

by David W. Sears
There’s no reason that here in Maryland we can’t approach the sort of bicycle paradise found in the Netherlands! Improving the bicycle infrastructure in Maryland will, of course, contribute to the positive environmental impacts familiar to all Sierra Club members.

Have Your Say Before EPA Makes a Gift to Factory Farms

Pick an area of environmental concern—global warming, say, or air quality, water quality, land use, sustainable agriculture, food safety—and you’ll find factory farms at the heart of it.

The Sierra Club’s Mr. Green Fills a Book with Sage Green Advice

What's the best way to be more earth-friendly? Just ask Mr. Green! Bob Schildgen, a.k.a Mr. Green, is the author of Hey Mr. Green: Sierra Magazine's Answer Guy Tackles Your Toughest Green Living Questions

On a Road to Nowhere —The Truth about the ICC

by Alana Wase
It’s true that traffic around D.C. is awful, but is this the way we want to address it, with more lanes of highway? Let’s take a stand and stop this beast once and for all!

Diversity on Outings

by Dan Soeder
Because the outings program is an entry point into the Club for many people, the national outings committee has decided that outings should lead the way on diversity to better represent the wide variety of people who live in the United States.

The Chapter Remembers Dan Lynch

by Cliff Terry
Dan Lynch, who was the prime activist of the Greater Baltimore and Maryland Sierra Club population committees until moving to Massachusetts a few years ago, died January 5 at the age of 90.


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