Of course, it’s sponsored by all Republicans, and Republican legislators really don’t have much to do in our General Assembly since there are so few of them. Maryland passed one of the strongest bills in the country addressing greenhouse gas emissions last year.
Still, this resolution provides ample reason for why Democrats should keep their large margins in the House, Senate, and Governorship in 2010. I’m not sure if the Republicans in office in Maryland know how to govern, they’re too busy writing meaningless resolutions that aren’t going to see the light of day, let alone the floor.
In fact, they’re so lazy, they didn’t even write their own resolution denying global warming, they just plagiarized the same resolution Utah’s state legislature passed. Utah resolution, Maryland resolution. Here’s how they both open, just to drive the point home…
“MARYLAND: “WHEREAS, Email and other communications between climate researchers around the globe discovered as part of the recent “climate-gate” controversy indicate that there is a well-organized and ongoing effort to manipulate global temperature data and incorporate tricks to substantiate the theory of climate change … “
“UTAH: “WHEREAS, emails and other communications between climate researchers around the globe, referred to as ‘Climategate,’ indicate a well organized and ongoing effort to manipulate global temperature data in order to produce a global warming outcome … “
“A few days ago, Delegate Ron George co-sponsored a resolution in Maryland’s General Assembly stating that climate change is a “conspiracy” and urging the Environmental Protection Agency to “immediately halt” all efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Besides ignoring the overwhelming consensus among the world’s climate scientists, George is advancing a position with disastrous consequences locally for the Chesapeake Bay:
— Increased carbon dioxide concentrations can increase algae blooms, which are the source of large “dead zones” in the Chesapeake Bay. [Source]
— Many of the most effective agricultural practices to sequester carbon — such as forest buffers, no-till farming and cover crops — are also essential to improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. [Source]
In a time of economic challenge, Maryland can’t afford to allow the Chesapeake Bay to continue to degrade. The Bay is Maryland’s most valuable economic resource: driving commerce, buttressing property values and attracting tourists.
We need to dispense with far-right ideology and focus on our shared goals in Maryland.