Why I Took The Pledge: These Montgomery County Candidates Support Clean Energy Jobs

These Montgomery County Candidates Support Clean Energy Jobs for MD and heres why:

 

Marc Lande, District 16, Running for Delegate

You do not have to be a genius to know that climate change is upon our planet Earth.  From unseasonably warm and cold temperatures, increase in blizzards, tornadoes and hurricanes such as Maria and Harvey, polar ice melt, sea levels rising, less bees and less fish and wildlife, we, us humans, must change our ways, and, change now.  I am in favor of any legislation confronting this including the MD Clean Energy Jobs Act.

Maryland should lead the nation on green technologies and innovation. I believe that 20000 new solar jobs is an extremely wise investment for Maryland.  Reducing our carbon footprint through alternative energy uses must be done in Maryland. By 2030, if we have increased renewable electricity by 50% we are on the way to becoming shepherd’s of this planet. But  much more and greater reductions are necessary. And of course just an all out ethic of making Maryland beautiful in every community should be a priority of this legislator.

In addition, we, in Maryland, have the ability to affect national politics. So, us, as Maryland voters, must help to influence the national debate.  Most importantly, lets get this orange hair out of office, our planet depends on it.

 

 

Marc Korman, District 16, Running for Delegate

I took the pledge to support more clean energy in Maryland because we can and must lead the way in addressing the environmental challenge that climate change represents.  Maryland has already set a 25% renewable energy goal, banned fracking, legislated into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and US Climate Alliance, and taken many other important actions.  But we need to think bigger and faster to really make a difference.

Opponents of sensible action present a false choice between our economic and environmental well-being.  But they are wrong. We can have a future that is both environmentally and financially greener by embracing the jobs and industries of the future.  We already know from third party studies that the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has been an economic winner for its state participants. And we have seen rapid job and investment growth in the wind and solar industries.  Increasing our renewable energy goals will help those advances.

But we have a long way to go in Maryland to not only set major goals, but to meet them.  A properly trained workforce is an important element of bridging that gap. But so is embracing energy storage in a meaningful way so that intermittent renewables can be relied on for baseload power.  Working together, we can make that happen and lead the way on alternative energy adoption. I am excited to stand up for more clean energy and more jobs in Maryland.

 

 

David Jeang, District 19, Running for Senator

The Clean Energy Jobs Act highlights the need to transition our energy economy from a fossil fuel based one to a renewable one on the basis that by the time the old model collapses from unsustainability, there will not be enough time or resources to transform our infrastructure to save it. We would end up with many areas of the state unable to get power, many workers and businesses suddenly out of work, and unparalleled damages and cost from the environment and energy price spikes for those completely tied to the grid. Even an emergency mobilization once the fossil fuel industry goes kaput cannot transform the energy system overnight, yet people in charge continue to stall efforts to act now until such an impossibility will be demanded, and I can only imagine the chaos the ‘energy riots’ alone will cause and cost.

 

This act also points to another issue I think needs to be touched on. The retraining and reeducating of ever-growing obsolete fossil fuel jobs is at its core the foundation for a jobs program at the state level that could easily be expanded to other areas of public works with proper legislation. Therefore we get the complete package, not just shutting down the old infrastructure and building new ones, but making sure our local workforce has the means of adapting to the new economy that comes with it. Sustainability builds resilience in the face of crisis, and this is a place and time where our jobs and economy are tied to our environment. So we have to save both or we save neither!

 

Julie Palakovich Carr, District 17, Running for Delegate

Climate change is the most critical environmental issue we’re facing.  Given that the federal government won’t be acting to mitigate climate change anytime soon, states, counties, and cities need to step up.

Power plants are the major source of greenhouse gas emissions in Maryland.  To make meaningful progress in mitigating climate change, the state of Maryland must move to using more renewable energy.

The enactment of a goal of 25% renewable by the year 2020 was an important step, but we need longer term and more ambitious goals for renewable energy.  That’s why I support the MD Clean Energy Jobs Act.

 

 

 

Lily Qi, District 15, Running for Delegate

Every evening, I knock on doors and speak to Maryland residents as part of my bid to be elected to the State Assembly In Annapolis for District 15. I’ve discovered that responsible stewardship of the environment is one of the most important issues on the minds of Maryland residents. People want clean air, clean water, clean fuel and an end to the kind of urban sprawl and traffic congestion that developed over the past 50 years.

During the day, I am the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer in Montgomery County for economic and workforce development matters in the office of Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. Through my work, I’ve been able to see the strong links between jobs creation and the industries of clean energy.

America’s clean energy industries are booming. In 2015, it was worth more than 200 billion dollars. The Environmental Defense Fund says that there are now more solar-related jobs than in coal mining and oil extraction, and employment in wind energy benefits low-income and rural residents. The best part is that all of these clean energy jobs are well-paying, cannot be exported to other countries. I am passionate about bringing these kinds of high-quality jobs to Maryland, and about creating the business environment in which these jobs can thrive.

This is why I do my job. I know we are on the threshold of creating a world we can be proud of, with good paying jobs and an abundance of clean energy initiatives. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning, excited to contribute to a cleaner future.