Congressman John Delaney

Representing the 6th District of Maryland
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Delaney Hosts Climate Action Workshop in Germantown; Discussion on Legislation to Reduce Carbon Pollution

Aug 26, 2015
Press Release
Over 160 attend workshop, which featured military, federal and environmental experts

GERMANTOWN – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) held a Climate Action Workshop Tuesday at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. Over 160 Marylanders attended the workshop, which featured an audience panel discussion with representatives from the United States Navy, federal government and leading environmental organizations, including Rear Admiral Jonathan White, the Director of the U.S. Navy’s Climate Change Task Force.

“Climate change threatens our national security, our health and food supply and our economy,” said Congressman Delaney. “History will judge us and our grandchildren will judge us on whether or not we had the courage to act. The huge turnout at our workshop makes it clear that Marylanders are concerned about climate change and want their elected officials to respond and I will continue to work to build support for my climate change bill. The time for denial is over.”

In May, Delaney filed climate change legislation designed to reduce carbon pollution. The Tax Pollution, Not Profits Act (H.R. 2202) establishes a federal tax on greenhouse gas emissions, using market forces to reduce pollution and encourage new innovation in alternative energy production. Revenues would be used to 1) reduce the corporate tax rate, 2) provide monthly payments to low and middle-income households and 3) provide aid to coal industry workers.

Panel participants included:

  • Rear Admiral Jonathan White, Director U.S. Navy Climate Change Task Force
  • David Herring, Director of Communication and Education; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • William C. Baker, President; Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Mark Kresowik, Sierra Club
  • Karla Raettig, Executive Director; Maryland League of Conservation Voters
  • Michelle Vigen, Montgomery County Department of the Environment


The Climate Action Workshop was the seventh workshop Delaney has held in the Sixth District since April.