Letter to Editor: Who’s afraid of Science?


Most of us don’t see ourselves as scientists or as being involved in scientific pursuits.  But we all want the latest technology we can afford in our homes and cars: things like security systems and smart home controls, parking assist and smart cruise control, and of course all the latest infotainment systems.  Most of us have phones that can record videos and send them anywhere in the world. When we go to the doctor’s office, we want to see the latest scanning, testing and monitoring equipment and we don’t ignore x-ray results or blood pressure readings they provide.  So why is it that some of us fear scientific tools and technology when it comes to addressing our larger world – our great State of Maryland for example?

Luckily for all of us, science and technology scored a big win at the Maryland Statehouse on the last day of the legislative session.  Our General Assembly approved a measure called the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA). The legislation is not exactly rocket science, but is an effective application of public policy facilitated by technology that addresses some very disturbing symptoms our state is exhibiting.  The bill confirms that Maryland’s leaders recognize the benefits of renewable energy, want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, seek to establish a market for green energy produced in Maryland, want to create clean energy jobs and apprenticeships in our state, and are working to reduce the cost of energy to consumers.

The problems CEJA addresses are especially evident here on the Eastern Shore.  When Talbot and Dorchester County farmland is repeatedly flooded by tidal surge and many aquatic plants and animals can no longer survive in our rivers and streams, it’s time to act and to use all the latest science and technology in the battle to preserve our home.

The good news is that the alternative energy systems (solar panels and offshore wind turbines that CEJA mandates to produce a portion of our electricity) are proven performers in other parts of the USA.  Their application on the Mid Shore will bring with them jobs and other economic benefits. The conversion to green energy is well underway in this country and CEJA provides Maryland’s residents the opportunity to produce and sell clean energy to other communities and states and to produce and sell clean energy hardware for which there is a ready market.  I applaud the courage and foresight shown by our Legislators in passing CEJA by a veto-proof margin, and putting Maryland on the path to 50% sustainable energy resources by 2030.

James Brennan

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