When a federal judge said no last week to putting a huge liquefied natural gas plant along the Patapsco River, Marylanders got a temporary reprieve from our feelings of helplessness.

A few days before, the Senate rebuffed first-term Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin’s effort to pass his first amendment and relieve some of our anxiety. Cardin tried to amend the far-reaching new Energy Bill in Congress with a provision giving states a role in the siting of LNG plants, like that one a Virginia company wants to build adjacent to Anne Arundel County.

Cardin will have to wait for his first legislative success: The Democratic-run Senate handed one of their own – and us – a crunching 56-37 defeat, leaving siting issues in the domain of the federal government.

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