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Town Hall in Support of Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Is Huge Success
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by Chandler Sherman and Chris Hill | 2011

Members of the Sierra Club and other concerned citizens filled the room at a town hall in Maryland last week to discuss offshore wind energy. The event was held in the Hillcrest Heights community of Prince George’s County, a predominately African American community just a few miles upwind of the polluting GenOn Potomac River coal plant in Alexandria, Virginia. (The plant has recently been scheduled for retirement on October 12, 2012 thanks to the tireless efforts of the Beyond Coal Campaign!)The event drew a diverse crowd, from lifelong Sierrans to Prince George’s County community members, who want to bring cleaner air and jobs to their community.

Town Hall in Support of Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Is Huge Success

 

By Chandler Sherman and Chris Hill—Members of the Sierra Club and other concerned citizens filled the room at a town hall in Maryland last week to discuss offshore wind energy. The event was held in the Hillcrest Heights community of Prince George’s County, a predominately African American community just a few miles upwind of the polluting GenOn Potomac River coal plant in Alexandria, Virginia.  (The plant has recently been scheduled for retirement on October 12, 2012 thanks to the tireless efforts of the Beyond Coal Campaign!) The event drew a diverse crowd, from lifelong Sierrans to Prince George’s County community members, who want to bring cleaner air and jobs to their community.

 

Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown and State Delegate Aisha Braveboy addressed the 90-person crowd and expressed their enthusiastic support for bringing offshore wind energy to Maryland. A panel of experts told the packed room how transitioning from coal to offshore wind could improve public health, advance climate justice, and bring good jobs to Prince George’s County.

 

Though Maryland currently gets 60% of its power from coal, Marylanders have spoken loud and clear that we want clean energy and green jobs from offshore wind. The Sierra Club and its allies organized six town hall meetings around the rest of the state during November and December to advance the possibilities of bringing offshore wind to Maryland.

 

The town hall meeting was coordinated by the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club, along with a broad coalition of groups including the League of Women Voters, Interfaith Power & Light and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

We need your help moving into the new year to make offshore wind energy a reality in Maryland!   

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