I’ve always had a mixed opinion of O’Malley, strong on clean energy and global warming, but weak on development and land use policies(which inevitably impact the global warming bit). Says the right things, and follows through on half of them. I’ll give my thoughts on whether or not environmental groups should endorse him later in the year. LCV has just endorsed him earlier than they have for any gubernatorial candidate. Here is their press release. You can also read pieces from The Baltimore Sun, and the Washington Post. Below are the accomplishments by O’Malley that MDLCV lays out in its press release.
· His leadership in the passage of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act, giving Maryland one of
the strongest global warming caps in the nation, and the creation of the Commission on Climate Change
have cemented our role as a national leader in this area.
· Governor O’Malley’s innovative Bay Stat program is a national model for accountability and shows
how government can work better to meet specific challenges.
· His ambitious plans to help reverse the long decline in the state’s historic role as an oyster mecca and his
work across state lines to address the frightening decline in the blue crab population was important and
· The public is receiving real financial incentives to embrace renewable energy sources such as solar
creating new clean energy job opportunities.
· An environmentally sensitive Purple Line in the Washington D.C. suburbs of Montgomery and Prince
George’s Counties and the Red Line in Baltimore are on the move to improve transportation, reduce
green house gas pollution and encourage smarter growth in Maryland.
· Exceptionally talented managers, including Maryland Department of the Environment Shari Wilson,
Department of Natural Resources Secretary John Griffin and Secretary Richard Hall of the Department
of Planning have brought new energy, renewed and rewarded the conservation spirit of state officials
who have responsibility for the environment.