From Fracking gases to incincerator emissions......from coal-fired power plants that keep on ticking to Indy races complete with the gas-mask car emissions......HOW DOES O'MALLEY GET A NOD AS GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTION?
The same way Obama gets a Nobel Peace Prize and then uses drones to kill civilians all over the world. O'Malley says he will do it......and then doesn't. YET HE HAS THE HEADLINES TO USE IN HIS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN! What will happen is that O'Malley, before he leaves office will make sure there is data that showsome kind of improvement only to find a decade later that all this data was bogus.....as with all of his other data.
Why do we not hear from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network lots of shouting out about all the policies moving forward since this award was given? Maryland is home to the private non-profits as 'progressive' policy headlines that never happen.
What we know today.....October 2013, is that O'Malley spent last year as head of the Governor's Association and worked to establish markets for US natural gas with the intent to export and he is behind the export terminal in MD. We know he is proposing incineration sites across the state, calling incineration 'green', and he allowed the sale of BGE/Constellation with the coal-fired power plants rather than closing them, so we have 3 of them still operating in MD. As a minor aside......he gets behind the Baltimore Indy race no one wants-----except BDC as a marketing tool and pushes high-emission race cars be allowed in a city whose citizens are sickest from air pollution ailments. IT IS BIZARRE HOW A POLITICIAN WHO COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT GETS AWARDS FOR CURBING GREENHOUSE EMISSIONS.
What O'Malley did was fulfill an Obama campaign donor requirement to build Wind Farms off the coast of MD. While wind energy is good, these wind farms will provide such little alternative energy to the grid as to not be worth the taxpayer subsidy. This is the greenhouse gas legislation O'Malley actually did!
WATCH HIS CAMPAIGN IN 2016 IF HE DOES RUN FOR PRESIDENT-----ALL THOSE MARYLAND HEADLINES ON POLICY THAT DID NOTHING WILL MAKE HIM LOOK THE ENVIRONMENT KING.
CLIMATE CHANGE MARYLAND Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act Plan
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act Plan
The 2012 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act (GGRA) Plan fulfills the mandate to, by the end of 2012, propose a plan that achieves a 25 percent statewide reduction in GHG emissions by 2020, while also spurring job creation and helping improve the economy. The GGRA also requires a report in 2015 that, amongst other things, requires MDE to provide a recommendation on what the State's longer term reduction target should be. In 2008, the Maryland Commission on Climate Change, appointed by Governor O’Malley, recommended that Maryland consider a 2050 goal as high as a 90 percent reduction from 2006 levels. This plan spurs reductions in GHGs through incentives that increase energy efficiency using existing technologies, and identifies ways to transition to new energy sources and stimulate further technology development. Published: July 25, 2013
BALTIMORE, MD (November 4, 2009) – On behalf of its 80,000 supporters across the region, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network today named Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley as recipient of its highest annual prize. The “Maryland Climate Leadership Award” is presented to the Governor for his critical leadership in helping to pass the historic Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act in Maryland earlier this year.
Exelon completes sale of 3 coal-fired power plants to Raven Power
December 3, 2012 By PennEnergy Editorial Staff
Source: Exelon Corp.
Exelon (NYSE: EXC) announced that it has completed the sale of its three Maryland coal-fired power plants to Raven Power Holdings, a new portfolio company of Riverstone Holdings. The sale fulfills Exelon’s commitment to divest the plants as part of its merger with Constellation. Under the agreement announced Aug. 9, 2012, Raven Power will maintain jobs with comparable pay and benefits for employees at the plants.
The three plants, known collectively as Maryland Clean Coal, include:
• Brandon Shores, Pasadena, Md.: 1,273 MW of installed capacity, two units (coal)
• C.P. Crane, Middle River, Md.: 399 MW installed capacity, three units (coal and oil)
• H.A. Wagner, Pasadena, Md.: 976 MW installed capacity, five units (coal, natural gas and oil)
The sale was required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of Justice and the Maryland Public Service Commission as part of Exelon’s merger agreement.
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Please sign our petition asking Governor O’Malley to stop the incinerator! Let him know that our community is not a dumping ground. Call the Governor now at 410.974.3901 / 1.800.811.8336.
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Don't trash our community. Go green. Stop the incinerator!
Building the nations' largest trash burning incinerator less than a mile from our schools, recreation center, businesses, and homes is wrong. Sincerely,
Waste-to-Energy Dirtier Than Coal-Fired Power Plants, Report Claims Chesapeake Bay Beat & Environment Health 13 October 2011 By Greg Masters
Capital News Service
1ANNAPOLIS — A report released Thursday argues that waste-to-energy incinerators are not truly renewable, despite Maryland’s waste-to-energy sector being placed in the same renewable energy class as solar and wind power.
The nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project issued the report, which claims that the state’s two major waste-to-energy incinerators produce more pollution than some coal-fired power plants.
“This report really shows that waste-to-energy incineration is not clean, and it’s not renewable, and it’s not the best option for the economy,” said EIP research analyst and report author Robbie Orvis.
The Montgomery County Resource Recovery Facility and the Wheelabrator Baltimore Incinerator both produce more mercury, lead and greenhouse gases per hour of energy than each of the state’s four largest coal-fired power plants, Orvis concluded based on an analysis of publicly available emissions reports submitted to the Maryland Department of the Environment.
Maryland’s waste-to-energy plants also generate a significant amount of dioxins and incinerator ash, which can contain toxic materials, the report states.
In addition to the two major incinerators Maryland has already, there are plans to build or expand existing plants in Baltimore, Harford County and Frederick County.
In May, Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law a bill making waste-to-energy incineration a Tier 1 renewable resource, including it in the Clean Energy Production Tax Credit program and Renewable Portfolio Standard.
“By reclassifying trash incineration energy as Tier 1, Maryland decreases incentives to invest in much cleaner forms of energy that are truly renewable, such as wind and solar,” said EIP attorney Leah Kelly.
O’Malley’s office had no comment on the report, but spokeswoman Raquel Guillory said the governor will look at it.
Lori Scozzafava, deputy executive director of the Solid Waste Association of North America, had not seen the report but said waste-to-energy facilities meet federal air quality standards “and are considered a renewable energy source.”
Meanwhile, O'Malley as head of the Governor's Association worked hard in moving forward natural gas exportation and MD as a site for just that!
By Kate Amara
Fracking opponents renew efforts as natural gas export site is approved MIT study also shows Md. leads nation in air pollution early deaths
Published 8:46 AM EDT Sep 13, 2013 WBAL
Monday, Aug 26, 2013 11:39 AM EDT
Fracking’s real health risk may be from air pollution The preliminary results of a study found some evidence for drilling-related symptoms
By Lindsay Abrams SALON
A distribution center for natural gas shipping and delivery (Credit: Eric Krouse/Shutterstock) The preliminary results of a study on the health effects of fracking are mixed, the Associated Press reports: They “challenge the industry position that no one suffers but also suggest that the problems may not be as widepread as some critics claim.”
One of the first attempts to study the long-term health effects of natural gas drilling, the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project released its early findings after 18 months spent studying one county south of Pittsburgh:
The project found 27 cases where people in Washington County believe they were hurt by nearby drilling — seven cases of skin rashes, four of eye irritation, 13 of breathing problems and three of headaches and dizziness. The skin exposures were from water and the other cases were from air. The numbers don’t represent a full survey of the area, just cases with plausible exposures.
The EHP group is trying to help people who have been exposed to drilling-related air or water pollution, toxicologist David Brown told the Associated Press, adding that they’re finding “an array of symptoms” in some people who live close to wells or processing stations.
While tainted water is the image that immediately comes to mind, helped along by news footage of people setting their taps on fire, the study found that air pollution might pose a greater health risk. In two homes that rest 1,000 feet away from gas processing stations, air pollution levels were as much as four times higher than the local average. The industrial stations, which clean raw natural gas and send it out through national pipelines, seem to be more of a concern than the drilling sites themselves, of which Washington County has 700.
The researchers are being cautious, though, and the small scale of their study means they’re not yet ready to claim any definitive links between fracking and the health problems they’ve observed.
HOW CAN RACE CARS CIRCLING FOR HOURS AND DAYS BE GOOD FOR AIR QUALITY AND THE BAY? IT CANNOT BUT HERE IS O'MALLEY READY TO BACK ANYTHING REGARDLESS OF ENVIRONMENT!
Earlier, the Baltimore City Council and the Maryland Stadium Authority formally threw their support behind BRD's efforts to bring a race to the city. Those efforts began in 2008.
Among those joining Davidson for the announcement were Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Indy Racing League commercial division president Terry Angstadt, IZOD IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr., according to a BRD statement.
O'MALLEY GIVEN AN AWARD ON GLOBAL WARMING AND AIR QUALITY? OH REALLY?
Maryland has highest death rate from air pollution
6:47 PM, Sep 27, 2013 Scott Broom @scottbroom WUSA 9
BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The alarming surprise for us here is that Maryland has the highest death rate from air pollution than any other, state according to a new study from MIT.
If you, or someone you know has Asthma -- or COPD -- you know what a struggle it can be to breathe when air pollution gets bad, and for some, that pollution is deadly.
On line videos of potentially lethal asthma attacks -- the most acute -- immediate and scary effects that can be triggered by air pollution, which can be particularly severe in our region during the summer.
Now researches at MIT have crunched the numbers, matching population data against maps of particularly severe pollution outbreaks and finding that Maryland has the highest death rate due to air pollution of any State. A Contributing factor in the premature deaths of 113 of every 100,000 people.
Part of Maryland's problem, a small, densely populated state , breathing other people's pollution along with its own. A pollution map shows the effects of being downwind of auto emissions from D.C. and northern Virginia on just one bad day in July
The MIT study accounts for illnesses of all types, not just asthma or COPD. The MIT study relies on data going back to 2005 and state environmental officials point out strict new emissions regulations have gone into effect since then.
But air pollution doesn't recognize state boundaries and it appears Maryland is paying the price more than others.