Environment

As a life-long environmentalist, I know that protecting our planet is not just a moral imperative, it is an economic opportunity that Maryland can take to propel our state forward. As governor, I will expand the use of renewable power and create good-paying jobs in the process.

Protecting our environment is as much a question of doing the right thing by ourselves as it is doing right by our kids. I want my children to be able to swim in the Bay for decades and grow up in a state on the cutting edge of the 21st century. I’ve been endorsed by Bill McKibben, 350.org, Phil Radford, and Friends of the Earth Action because of my life-long commitment to the environment.

Wayne Gretzky once said that his success as a hockey player was because he skated to where the puck was going. The puck in energy is heading towards renewables fast, and if we want to make sure our kids grow up in an economy that is leading the charge, we have to take action now.

As the President of the NAACP, the first new program I launched was the climate justice program and I served as a board member for the Environmental Defense Fund for over three years fighting for our environment.

As governor, I will:

  • Set a deadline for 100% clean and renewable energy and provide 21st-century jobs for the Maryland economy.
  • Return Maryland’s focus to smart growth so that we develop our state without encroaching on environmentally important areas.
  • Make sure that no community is disproportionately impacted by pollution and integrate environmental justice policies.