Heads up, Salem & Olympia. Looks like tiny Maryland is inching ahead of the Northwest in climate leadership:
A key committee in the Maryland House of Delegates today passed HB 315, the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act….The bill requires the state to reduce its global warming pollution 25% below 2006 levels by the year 2020. To achieve those reductions, the bill directs the Maryland Department of the Environment to finalize regulations by 2012.
Now, I’m not saying that we should be embarrassed if Maryland leaves us in the dust. No, wait, strike that: we absolutely should be embarrassed if Maryland leaves us in the dust!! Are you listening, legislators??