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Report: Md. Not On Path To Reach Emission-Reduction Goal

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Tommy Landers of Environment Maryland speaks at the release of a report on the state's efforts regarding climate change at Fells Point in Baltimore.
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Tommy Landers of Environment Maryland speaks at the release of a report on the state's efforts regarding climate change at Fells Point in Baltimore.

The title of Environment Maryland's report on the state's efforts regarding climate change is called "Too Little, But Not Too Late," a sentiment that Tommy Landers of the group says perfectly fits.

"We've made some progress, but not enough," he says.

But Landers says the progress he sees could soon be undone. A bill the state legislature passed and Gov. Martin O'Malley signed this year puts trash incineration on par with solar and wind power as a source of renewable energy in the state. O'Malley says it will keep trash out of landfills and reduce reliance on coal. But environmentalists, like Alana Wase with the Sierra Club, slammed the bill, saying incinerators are in no way renewable.

"The incinerators want the same products the recyclers want. And so you're creating a competition between the two industries where one is reusing the material, and the other is burning it and very wasteful," Wase says.

One program Environment Maryland did cite as working is a 10-state cap-and-trade partnership Maryland takes part in. But it is the same program New Jersey will be pulling out of because Republican Gov. Chris Christie called it ineffective.

Maryland has a goal to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.

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