ANNAPOLIS, MD (July 29, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley today released the following statement on new fuel standards announced by President Obama:
“Maryland has become a national leader in the fight for clean air. Through initiatives such as the Healthy Air Act and the Clean Cars Act, we are reducing air pollution to improve the health of our citizens, clean up our Chesapeake Bay and local waterways, and combat climate change.
“Earlier this month, I encouraged the President to set new technologically and economically feasible motor vehicle fuel economy standards to enhance energy security, promote clean air, protect against climate change, ensure affordable transportation, and create jobs. Today begins a new chapter in our nation’s fight for a cleaner, more sustainable future.
“About one-third of the nitrogen in the Chesapeake Bay comes from air pollution, and as much as 70 percent of Maryland’s ozone pollution can come from out of State. While Maryland is taking steps to reduce air pollution, we need help from our federal partners to ensure a level playing field and to reduce pollution from beyond our State’s borders.
“I’d like to commend President Obama for his leadership on this issue. The new fuel economy standards announced today will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as ozone forming and toxic emissions from cars and trucks.
“Together, we can work to transform our carbon-based economy into a green, sustainable economy for a cleaner future and healthier families - not just in Maryland, but across the nation.”