Md. Governor Hopeful Ross Unveils Environmental Plan

Maryland gubernatorial candidate Alec Ross has proposed a plan to make the state environmentally friendly.

His plan includes public and private partnerships to create energy efficient business and homes; ensuring Maryland has the most charging stations for vehicle per capita in the nation; and creating more energy jobs such as applied sciences in universities.

“Too often, career politicians offer voters a false choice between protecting our environment and growing our economy,” Ross said in an April 3 statement announcing the plan. “It’s nonsense: the demand for clean energy has never been higher, and it’s the establishment in Annapolis that’s preventing a true market from opening up.”

His proposal would create a Maryland Green Bank, a nonprofit financial institution that loans money to companies that can build successful energy-efficient projects.

Ross cited such a bank approved in Montgomery County nearly three years ago.
According to the county website, its Green Bank program seeks to promote, enhance and support private sector financing for clean energy projects, and expand financial market and public money to leverage private capital.

The county plans to use $14 million in funding provided as part of the Exelon-Pepco merger.

If elected, Ross would push for a five-year, $200 million plan into a Maryland Green Bank paid for with Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative money and funds raised through the private industry.

The tech entrepreneur also wants to protect the Chesapeake Bay, the state’s biggest environmental resource and the largest estuary in the nation with its watershed that touches six states and D.C.

In terms of emissions, Ross would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent in the next seven years.

A few ideas he outlines in the plan (https://bit.ly/2IBkiKU) are prohibiting new natural gas pipelines; rewarding companies and families helping to decrease omission with a dividend check or tax rebate; and hiring professionals such as architects, engineers and carpenters.

“More efficient homes, stores and offices mean more money kept in Marylanders pockets,” the Ross plan states. “Moreover, environmental sustainable buildings and houses require expertise from a range of design and construction professionals.”

Ross will face seven opponents for the Democratic bid: Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III; former NAACP President Ben Jealous; Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz; state Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. of Montgomery County; Krish Vignarajah, a policy director for former first lady Michelle Obama; Baltimore attorney Jim Shea; educator Ralph Jaffe; and James Jones of Baltimore City.

The winner in the June 26 primary would face Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

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