The debate is over. We need action now.
Greenhouse gasses are warming our planet at an alarming rate, and we must make conscientious changes in how we use energy. Maryland has experienced the effects of global warming firsthand with winter storms, hurricanes, and even tornadoes and earthquakes occurring frequently in recent years. Across the country, weather disasters have increased fivefold. Water levels are rising everywhere, but in the Chesapeake Bay they are rising especially fast. Difficult decisions need to be made to protect our people and ecosystems – Jon is prepared to make those decisions and fight for the Bay.
Doing his part by bicycling to work, building a carbon neutral house, and owning a hybrid car, Jon hopes to prevent further damage to Maryland’s environment and our public health. Jon believes that harvesting wind energy will help to reduce the effects of global warming and he voted in support of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act. As cosponsor of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2009, Jon successfully fought to reduce global warming pollution by 25% from 2006 levels by 2020. Jon is also a strong supporter of initiatives to improve air quality, increase recycling at state office buildings, expand Maryland’s “green portfolio,” and reward businesses for reducing their carbon footprint and creating next-generation energy jobs.