America is the largest consumer of energy in the world. The majority of this energy is derived from dirty, polluting sources such as coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear power. Our consumption of these fuels exacerbates global warming, keeps us dependent upon oil and other fossil fuels, and undermines our economy. 40 percent of America’s energy—ten percent of all the energy used in the world—goes towards powering our buildings.
America’s reliance on fossil fuels – coal, oil, and natural gas – is fueling global warming and causing a host of other environmental, economic, and security problems. And while the impacts vary from region to region, global warming threatens all sectors of our economy, and agriculture is no exception.
For nearly two decades Maryland jurisdictions – counties, cities and towns – have worked together to balance growth and preservation through one unifying benchmark: the locally-devised comprehensive plan. The state’s nationally renowned planning regulations since 1992 have required such plans to adhere to eight visions that, at their core, call for developing “suitable areas” while protecting sensitive sites. Each area’s plan may be vastly different based on geography and demographics, but they all must follow the general tenets of preserving the state’s rural character by steering new development to existing population centers and areas earmarked to accommodate growth.
Our reliance on dirty energy is fueling global warming, harming our health, threatening our security and stalling our economy. Burning coal, oil and gas for energy and transportation is responsible for 80 percent of U.S. global warming pollution and most of our smog and soot pollution.