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PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT

Vince believes that stewardship of the Earth and our communities are bound by the need for effective environmental policy. The consequences of climate change threatens the safety of all Baltimoreans, deepens inequality, and, by all reports, is worsening, hence the time for swift legislative action is now. Initiatives Vince will take include supporting the Climate Solutions Now Act, advocating for the expansion of renewable energy, and addressing environmental damages disproportionately affecting low income communities. 

CURRENT FACTS

  • A September 2021 study by Johns Hopkins University revealed that low-income people of color live in neighborhoods adjacent to high-traffic roadways or heavily trafficked industrial areas and, as a result, they face the highest level of transit-related inequity, not just in terms of commute times but also when it comes to air pollution and health risks associated with vehicle emissions.

  • In Baltimore City, our two incinerators which drive significant air pollution (Wheelabrator and Curtis Bay Medical Waste Facility) are located in low income neighborhoods. A 2017 Chesapeake Bay Foundation study found that the Wheelabrator alone causes $55 million annually in health care costs. 
     

  • As a consequence of living in areas with poor air quality, low income communities in Maryland experience higher rates of asthma and other breathing illnesses than more well-off communities. 

POLICY POSITION

  • Fully fund The 2030 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act Plan published by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

  • Establish the following date certain by which it will achieve net zero emissions: 60% reduction by 2030 and net zero by 2045 as currently recommended by Maryland
    Commission of Climate Change. If we do not set a date, then we won’t be able to recognize if we’ve achieved or failed at meeting our goal.

  • Support Maryland’s transition away from coal and gas power generation sources and towards renewable energy sources including wind and solar energy.  

 

  • Support waste reduction initiatives such as limiting single use plastics and increase aluminum, paper and plastic recycling capacities particularly around commercial sources (i.e. manufacturing and the service industry such as bars, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.) and extend producer responsibility for packaging products in Maryland. 

  • Institute a ban on single-use plastic bags.

  • Equitable Access to clean and healthy communities and housing; Equitable access to opportunities presented by green infrastructure development including energy production, building trades (retrofitting buildings, installation of solar panels, etc.); equitable access to new technologies.
     

  • Mitigation of the negative health and community consequences caused by climate change including wrap-around health care services (i.e. asthma, cancer, etc.), housing relief, etc.
     

  • Ensure compliance with Maryland Bay 2025 clean-up goal.

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