Another state not waiting for national action on climate change in the US: Maryland's plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 has gotten the thumbs up in a required review of the economic and energy impact of the plan, clearing the way for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act to go into effect in 2012.
The review, from the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Environmental Research found that the program will:
- Improve reliability of electricity service: "Despite uncertainties in future electricity transmission in Maryland, electricity reliability in the state will be improved with the addition of the three climate mitigation policies."
- Should not result in further loss of jobs: "Job losses in the manufacturing sector attributable to select CAP policies will be minimal and may not occur at all." The report notes that continued job losses in the state's manufacturing sector, which have been happening for nearly 40 years, will continue with or without reducing emissions.
- Increase green jobs: "New jobs in these categories [green jobs] are expected to grow. Currently, green jobs make up about 3% of the state's workforce. Green job opportunities will be available to those who enhance or modify existing skills."
- Cause no harm to the state's manufacturing sector: "No significant increase in capital or energy costs for the manufacturing sector. Large, electricity-intensive industries, such as chemical plants, will see the greatest energy cost increases -- between one and two percent. Small, less energy-intensive industries, such as printing, could see cost savings as a result of participation in the energy conservation programs."