- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 16, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In Maryland, sustainability and a robust economy go hand in hand. Over the past two years, Gov. Martin O’Malley has championed legislation making Maryland a go-to state for green jobs related to clean energy, energy conservation and efficiency (“Green jobs growth potential found to be high,” Nation, Thursday).

Increasing our renewable energy portfolio standards 20 percent by 2022, reducing energy consumption 15 percent by 2015, training contractors to provide home-energy audits, and setting new green public building codes - all of this is under way. By committing Maryland to reduce greenhouse gases 25 percent by 2020, we have opened our doors to investments in our clean energy future. Maryland’s Climate Action Plan predicts a net benefit of as much as $2 billion to our state by reducing greenhouse gases. Mr. O’Malley is committed to creating a minimum of 100,000 green jobs by 2015.

President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides another boost - an additional $52 million for energy efficiency and conservation projects, not to mention $121.6 million for clean-water projects across the state. This funding will create hundreds of jobs in the next two years.

Our agencies have worked with stakeholders from business, labor and union groups and environmental advocates to save and create jobs today and ensure our state’s sustainable green economic future. This will benefit Maryland’s working families as well as our air, land and water.

SHARI T. WILSON

Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment

Baltimore

CHRISTIAN S. JOHANSSON

Secretary, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development

Baltimore

MALCOLM WOOLF

Director, Maryland Energy Administration

Baltimore

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