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Chesapeake PSR Promotes Offshore Wind, Tackles Fracking

October 23, 2012

PSR is fighting climate change and promoting clean energy in Maryland.  A special partnership between national PSR and the Chesapeake chapter brings a Climate and Health Organizer to the chapter to ramp up recruitment and education of health professionals for advocacy on climate change issues coming up in the state legislature.

Chesapeake PSR is focusing on state-level legislation for development of large-scale offshore wind power.  Wind generation would allow Maryland to replace significant amounts of coal-fired power, slashing emissions of carbon dioxide as well as conventional pollutants. 

A second priority is a strong moratorium on fracking (hydraulic fracturing-based natural gas extraction) to establish health-based protections in Maryland against fracking’s threats to water quality, air quality, and climate. 

Chesapeake PSR is partnering with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network to plan a December 8 fracking conference.  Concerned citizens, environmental activists and health professionals from all over the state will come together to learn about fracking’s impacts and what they can do to protect Maryland from this risky and dangerous practice. Guest speakers will include people directly impacted by fracking in their communities well as health professionals and climate experts.

Given the legislative and policy opportunities available, delivering the health message is urgent. Chesapeake PSR, with the assistance of its new Climate and Health organizer, will build out the chapter by recruiting, training and deploying medical and health professionals to articulate the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Mobilized local doctors, nurses and public health professionals will help Maryland develop climate-friendly and healthy energy policy, reduce the use of fossil fuels, and otherwise slow climate change while improving air quality and the health of area residents.

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