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Accounting For The Winter

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By Marcus Rosenbaum

Maryland State Senator Jim Rosapepe wants to know how bad this winter has really been so he's introduced a bill that would require the state to identify all the costs.

Rosapepe's purpose isn't just curiosity. The College Park Democrat says that since Maryland has taken a lead in trying to slow climate change, it ought to take the lead in preparing for weather-related emergencies.

Mike Tidwell of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network says there is no way to prove or disprove that this winter's intensity was related to climate change. But he says the pattern is clear.

"Of the three biggest snowstorms ever recorded in Baltimore since 1870, three of them have happened in the last 10 weeks," he says.

Tidwell says there will be more in the future and that means more spending on snow removal, more overall effect on the economy. And he says Maryland needs an inkling of how much it might cost.

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