Our country has an abundance of resources, wildlife and beautiful places, and I strive to be a good steward of the environment.
A healthy environment provides us, and future generations, with many valuable services such as flood control, clean air and water, and even bees that pollinate plants and make agriculture productive. It is just common sense to protect our environment against pollution, the pressures of over-development, and commercial excesses.
A damaged environment cannot support a stable community. For example, we are now seeing how climate change has reduced rainfall in parts of Africa, causing traditional agriculture that supported communities for generations to fail. “Climate refugees” are now streaming into other countries with destabilizing effects. So,man-made environmental problems become security problems across borders.
As a member of Maryland’s General Assembly, I received a 100% rating from the League of Conservation Voters. I have a clear record of supporting environmental protection, including supporting renewable energy production, pollution reduction and protecting the Chesapeake Bay. I co-sponsored legislation to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, passed legislation that strengthens the state’s smart growth laws, preserves green spaces and promotes bicycle lanes in highway planning, and I fought the lawn fertilizer industry to reduce storm water pollution of the Chesapeake Bay. I will continue to fight for our environment, and to protect important environmental laws from efforts to weaken them.