February 9, 2017
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All eyes on Annapolis 

As much of the nation's attention is glued to the alarming events in Washington, here in Maryland all eyes are on the Maryland General Assembly, now one-third of the way through its 2017 session. Strong health, environment and social justice protections at the state and local levels will matter more than ever. Read more on the legislation Chesapeake PSR is supporting



Competing fracking bills - one good, one terrible

Two fracking bills have been introduced in the Maryland Senate. One is a ban bill that Chesapeake PSR and more than 140 organizations support. The other – introduced and supported by the senate Democratic leadership – undermines independent scientific inquiry, and sets a terrible precedent for the development of laws and regulations designed to protect public health. If passed, it will allow the legislature to direct administrative agencies to ignore the latest science on human health when developing regulations designed to protect human health. Read why the only safe option is a ban on fracking. 





Good news on the veto override

The Maryland Senate and the House of Delegates voted to override Governor Larry Hogan's veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2016 (SB 921/HB 1106). The legislation will accelerate the state's transition to clean energy by raising Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard requirement to 25 percent by 2020, including boosting the solar carve-out from two percent by 2022 to 2.5 percent by 2020. Polls show the legislation is widely supported by Maryland Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike. Read more about the Clean Energy Jobs Act


Do you know someone who has experienced this?

Energy meter

When a company cuts off the power to someone who is seriously ill, the consequences can be catastrophic.

Do you know someone who has been in this situation? If so, please let us know. We are working to support SB 658, which provides some protections from having your power cut off during a storm, on Fridays and if you are seriously ill. Read more about the bill to protect vulnerable Maryland power customers 



Opposition to nuclear arms grows

Dr. Ira Helfand speaking at the summitPSR's Ira Helfand, MD, attended the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates on February 2-5 in Bogota, Colombia. Dr. Helfand is co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and will be the keynote speaker at Chesapeake PSR's Annual Dinner on April 15. The 21 laureates issued a statement: The time to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons is now! This statement underscores the reasons we need legislation to prohibit the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. Read more about the laureates' statement


Our membership map

Have you seen our membership map? We recently mapped the location of the 1,347 donors and people who have taken actions over the past two years. We found our members in every part of the state, with the highest concentrations in Montgomery County and Baltimore County. Check out our map here





The health benefits of RGGI 

Sara Via, PhD, Co-lead, Chesapeake PSR Climate Health Action Team 

Dr. Via was interviewed on WSCL radio about the health and economic benefits outlined in a new report from the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI): "The funds that are returned to each state... are invested in programs that boost energy efficiency and renewable energy. So far, Maryland has received $500 million... So this is a huge economic success for Maryland. The report that just came out quantifies additional successes, additional benefits from the program, and those are public health benefits, because as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative reduces power plant emissions, it reduces air pollution which is a health benefit." Read and listen to more press coverage on this issue




Chesapeake PSR is a strong health voice on issues of environment, social justice and peace. Our volunteer activists are medical and health professionals and interested individuals. Please volunteer with Chesapeake PSR, donate, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.




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