ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Gov. Martin O’Malley is paring back a global warming bill following complaints from industry that the measure could put some companies out of business. The measure would now set a goal of cutting greenhouse gases 90 percent by 2050, instead of requiring the cut.
Maryland Environment Secretary Shari Wilson told lawmakers about the change at a hearing of two House of Delegates committees Friday.
The Global Warming Solutions Act would still require an average 25 percent cut in emissions from all businesses and homes by 2020. Supporters say that cut can be achieved through increased energy efficiency rather than switching to wind power, solar panels or other alternatives.