Takoma Park, MD -- Advocates for 100% clean energy received a boost Sunday night at a gubernatorial candidates forum in Montgomery County. After a pre-forum rally where dozens of activists gathered in support of the campaign, candidates were asked if they supported moving Maryland to 100% clean energy by 2035. Five of the seven Democratic candidates -- Krish Vignarajah, Jim Shea, Alec Ross, Rich Madaleno and Ben Jealous-- all said yes. Kevin Kamenetz was generally supportive but qualified his answer, and Rushern Baker was not present at the forum.
Last night at Progressive Neighbors MD gubernatorial candidate forum:
Q: "By a show of hands, do you support moving to 100% clean energy by 2035?"@KrishForMD @SheaforMD @AlecJRoss @RichMadaleno @BenJealous all said yes. @kevinkamenetz qualified his answer, @RushernBaker absent. pic.twitter.com/VMyjR1z17A
— Thomas Meyer (@ThomasMeyer24) February 26, 2018
“It's great to have so many candidates for governor supporting bold climate action," said Thomas Meyer, Maryland Organizer with Food & Water Action. “Climate change and fossil fuels represent an enormous threat to Maryland, and we're running out of time to act. Maryland leaders, and all those asking for our votes this year, should be pushing for aggressive and justice-based policies that move our state off fossil fuels and onto 100% clean renewable energy.”
Thank you @BenJealous @RichMadaleno @KrishForMD @SheaforMD and @AlecJRoss for supporting 100% clean energy in Maryland! And thanks to Progressive Neighbors for the great forum last night! #100forMD #OffFossilFuels pic.twitter.com/QXEPpS3K2F
— Emily Wurth (@EmilyWurth1) February 26, 2018
A bill introduced this year in the Maryland General Assembly would require utilities in the state to purchase all of their electricity from clean sources by 2035. The 100% Clean Renewable Energy & Equity Act, which is sponsored by 48 Delegates, also includes features designed to improve public health, protect low-income households and stimulate job growth in Maryland.
The movement to transition off of fossil fuels and onto 100% clean energy continues to grow across the country. In addition to Maryland, lawmakers in New York, New Jersey and Virginia are introducing similar legislation that would move their states to 100% clean electricity by 2035 or sooner.
Food & Water Action has not endorsed any gubernatorial candidates in Maryland, and will continue to ask all candidates and elected officials to support moving Maryland to 100% clean energy by 2035.