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MDE Climate Plan Will Be Costly

January 1st, 2024 by WCBC Radio

Maryland’s new plan for climate-action shows some hefty goals for the state.  In 2022, the state legislature passed the Climate Solutions Now Act, calling for Maryland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2031 and for the Maryland economy to reach net-zero emissions by 2045. Key parts of the plan involve shuttering coal-fired power plants, electrifying school and transit buses, and increasing solar and wind power. The plan calls for nearly $1 billion a year in new state spending but State Secretary of the Environment Serina McIlwain knows it’s a reach with current budget issues…