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O'Malley Bill Would Mandate 25 Percent Cut in Carbon Emissions

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) tomorrow will call for legislation to mandate a set of controls on carbon dioxide emissions in Maryland that are believed to contribute to global warming, sources in his administration said this afternoon.

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2009 would require carbon emissions to be reduced statewide by 25 percent by 2020. About half of the targets could be met through existing environmental laws, including regulations for power plant emissions signed by former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R), and for cleaner-burning cars, passed by the General Assembly in 2007.

O'Malley (D) is expected to champion the bill as part of his environmental legacy, which includes preservation of thousands of acres of open space in Maryland. However, the legislation is weaker than a global warming bill proposed by advocates last year and ultimately rejected by the legislature.

That would have mandated a 90 percent reduction by 2050 and included caps on emissions by manufacturers as well as other industries.

To address concerns of the manufacturing industry, which ultimately killed last year's bill, the governor's legislation will exempt manufacturers until 2016 or later.

The hope is that by then, the industry will come under federal regulation or have joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a consortium of states, including Maryland, that is working to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, allowing them to trade emissions permits.

By Lisa Rein  |  January 22, 2009; 3:42 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly , Lisa Rein  
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Is this really necessary right now. To reduce carbon dixoide emissions requires us to cut down thousands of acres of trees. Yes, trees are a major cause of carbon dixoide emissions. If regulating power plants and cars for emissions, pleas include trees along with it.

Posted by: sporttrac223 | January 22, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

To sporttrac223:

Um, I think you are confused. Trees absorb carbon dioxide.

Posted by: thefrog5 | January 22, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes, sporttrac223 is very confused lol. The destruction of forests and the Amazon rainforest is one of the major CONTRIBUTIONS to global warming because trees and every other plant take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.

Posted by: crzytwnman | January 22, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

What we need to do is replant the Amazon and our forests.

Posted by: crzytwnman | January 22, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

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