WASHINGTON, D.C. — The governors of Maryland and Virginia testified Sept. 25 before a U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee meeting that higher ocean temperatures and rising water levels in Chesapeake Bay call for a federal response, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun.
Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D-Va.) were joined at the hearing by U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and U.S. Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest (R-Md.), according to the Sun report.
“Our sea levels are rising, our wetlands are disappearing and our islands are underwater,” Mikulski said. “We’re looking at the possibility that our agriculture will be wiped out, and there won’t be a Baltimore Harbor.”
Mikulski asked committee chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) to schedule the hearing, according to the Sun.
O’Malley reportedly told the committee about Maryland efforts to reduce emissions tied to global warming. Among the initiatives are participation in utility agreements to reduce power plant emissions and plans to expand solar energy collection in Maryland. The state is also waiting on a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on a multi-state request to reduce automobile tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gas.
Global warming skeptic and senior Hudson Institute scholar Dennis T. Avery warned the senators they are embarking on a tour of anguish and frustration if they spend money to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Like Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Avery calls global warming anything but the result of human activity. Inhofe, a committee member, objected to the hearing with Mikulski, according to the Sun report.