Statement on House Economic Matters Vote on Clean Energy Jobs Act

March 16, 2018
 
This week a subcommittee in the House Economic Matters Committee voted down the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2018, House Bill 1453The Clean Energy Jobs Campaign is profoundly disappointed that these state legislators have rejected this critical proposal for climate action. This coming Monday, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a work group session on the proposal. We urge the Senate not to allow one subcommittee in the House to have the last word.

The Clean Energy Jobs Act has record numbers of cosponsors in both houses of the General Assembly. More than 660 Maryland entities endorsed increasing our state’s renewable electricity commitments to 50% by 2030, including nonprofits, labor groups, and faith organizations; businesses, as well as the Legislative Black Caucus; the Montgomery, Prince George’s and Charles County Councils; and the Baltimore City Council. 

We thank our sponsors, Sen. Brian Feldman and Dels. Bill Frick and Cheryl Glenn, for their steadfast advocacy. We clearly have the support of an overwhelming majority of Marylanders.

More clean, renewable electricity – like wind and solar energy – to power our homes and businesses will benefit our health, our economy, our climate and our communities, and bring us on a pathway to achieve 100% renewable energy in Maryland. Increasing the RPS to 50% would mean 20,000 jobs in the solar industry; millions in new funding for clean energy workforce training and apprenticeships; minority, veteran, and women-owned business growth; and other potential programs to promote a sustainable economy, as well as local hiring mandates.

We urge Marylanders to contact your Senators today in support of this legislation, to take note on where your legislators stand on these issues and to make your voices heard in every way you can.