Black liquor is a mix of chemicals and wood waste left over from the paper making process and Maryland legislators have declared burning black liquor a “renewable” energy source. But, according to some environmental advocates, burning black liquor isn’t clean.
Hats off to Dereck Davis of the Maryland House of Delegates. Recently, the Prince George's County Democrat pointed out that Maryland is making real progress in promoting wind and solar power. More people work in the solar industry today in Maryland than the crab industry. And now, with support from leading environmental groups, the NAACP, and the wind and solar industries themselves, the Maryland General Assembly is poised to double its commitment to carbon-free energy in 2019 with the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act. The bill would also end all subsidies to trash incinerators under state energy policy. Too bad The Sun didn't mention any of this in its article "Pair of studies criticize Maryland renewable energy policy as 'cleanwashing' pollution" (July 29).
Delegate Davis, chair of the House Economic Matters Committee, has led the fight for clean energy in Annapolis for over a decade. His goal, like that of every environmental group in the state, is to get to 100 percent pollution-free energy as soon as we can. And that day is coming soon.
by Mike Tidwell, Takoma Park
The writer is director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.