State of Maryland secondary Archives: on Energy & Oil
World will reach the limits of its carbon budget in 2018
The climate crisis demands immediate steps. According to researchers, the world will reach the limits of its carbon budget in 2018. The US continues to be a major contributor to the crisis with the highest per capita carbon footprint in the world.
The federal government is more concerned with protecting the profits of the oil, gas and nuclear industries rather than the rapid energy and economic transitions that are needed.
In 2009, the Obama administration derailed the
United Nations climate talks when negotiations between other nations were working towards binding carbon limits. The resultant 2015 Paris agreement is entirely voluntary with carbon commitments that are inadequate to mitigate climate change.
The Paris Treaty amounts to 'too little, too late.'
Obama's Clean Power Plan incentivizes more gas and more nuclear power. These are dirty energies that not only add to climate gases but cause widespread environmental and health problems.
Source: 2016 MD Senate campaign: response to State of the Union
Jan 12, 2016
Vote YES on Keystone pipeline; it's a call to arms
In July, 28 Democratic members of the US House of Representatives broke ranks and voted to build the Keystone Pipeline. Sadly, Maryland Representatives Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards voted NO. For Marylanders weary of sheltered politicians who turn
their backs on American workers, these NO votes are a call to arms. Iraq veteran Richard Douglas has answered the call. He is prepared to do whatever it takes to return the American workforce to its rightful place: first on the nation's priority list.
For the Maryland members of Congress who voted against Keystone, it was not their first NO. Douglas believes such votes illustrate a sheltered Congress's detachment from the realities of
American workers in Maryland and across the nation. Congress's isolation harms American workers, and ultimately weakens American democracy.
Source: 2016 Campaign website for MD Senate, DouglasMaryland.com
Nov 11, 2015
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