Rally Thursday for global warming bill in Maryland

The latest in the line of states making global warming policy a reality could be Maryland, whose state legislature will soon be considering its own Global Warming Solutions Act to create a cap-and-trade program and reduce the state’s emissions.

Since the the bill is coming up so early in Maryland’s 2008 General Assembly session, activists are doing their best to make sure strong legislation remains a priority, and they’re calling on voters to turn out and show their support. In fact, they’d like a flood of folks - particularly since Maryland has its share of impacts from climate change. Here are the details from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, who’s been working with the group Alliance for Global Warming Solutions:

What: Flooding Annapolis with Activists to show our support for Global Warming Solutions in Maryland

When: Thursday, January 17th, 2008. 11 am.

Where: Lawyer’s Mall, next to the Maryland State House. Parking is available at the Navy Stadium for $5 a day, and there are free shuttles that go from there to Lawyer’s Mall every 15 minutes.

Why: Because it’s time that Maryland became a national leader on clean energy and global warming solutions.

The agenda for the day will include the introduction of the bill by Senator Paul Pinsky, other legislators signing a pledge to co-sponsor and champion the bill, and a variety of speakers from the student, business, and environmental communities.

If you can make it, be sure to attend and show your support - and then, if you’d be so kind, keep up the momentum so it can roll into the wee neighboring District of Columbia, to our nation’s capital… (or is that too hopeful until 2009?)

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