Climate and Energy

PEER’s Voice in Climate Change and Energy

Climate change is an urgent threat that demands decisive government action. PEER works to hold government accountable to ambitious climate goals based on sound science and policy and supports holistic approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building resiliency in our communities.

Our work supports meaningful climate actions at the federal, state and local level, including efforts to rapidly increase clean energy production, improve energy conservation, preserve nature and biodiversity, decrease our use of toxic chemicals and pesticides, and improve our agricultural practices.

We are also a watchdog for hidden dangers and scams that result from any new climate program. Our efforts to address climate change must occur in the context of transparency, scientific integrity, and the support of meaningful dissent, and there must be systems in place to evaluate the effectiveness of climate and energy programs.

Maryland Clean Energy Report

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A large and growing portion of Maryland’s renewable “clean energy” comes from high-polluting energy sources. In 2019 alone, approximately 40% of the energy attributed to the state’s Tier 1 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) came from “dirty” sources, up by more than a fifth from just the year prior.

These dirty sources of energy include black liquor, a sludgy byproduct of the pulping process that paper mills burn to power their operations; woody biomass, most of it also burned at paper mills; and municipal solid waste burned to produce electricity. The proportion of black liquor in Maryland’s Tier 1 RPS rose from 15% in 2018 to 23% in 2019. Read More»

NEWS FROM PEER – Climate and Energy

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PEERMail | Fighting for the Planet in Court

Evidence compiled by the government’s own experts is our most valuable asset in demonstrating the irrationality of the Trump Administration’s ill-intentioned and ill-informed plans. 

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PEERMail: Climate Alert

At PEER, we’re on the front lines every day of the Trump Administration’s disastrous war on climate science. As a PEER staff attorney working on climate and science issues, I have prepared this special report of PEERNews on climate change to let you know what I do and...

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