Protecting our natural resources is a moral obligation.
Everyone has a nature moment -- that sense of solace on a wild river, stream, or forest -- hiking, canoeing, throwing a bass lure -- that moment when you know how connected we all are to the air, water and land -- and knowing that we belong to it, and it belongs to us. That's a solemn responsibility that we all have for our children, and for future generations.
I'm so proud to hold the longest 100% environmental rating from the League of Conservation Voters in Maryland, and I'm honored to be endorsed by Food and Water Action, and the Montgomery County Green Democrats. “When the citizens of Maryland needed a political leader to stand up for them to help defend the environment from harmful practices like fracking, Roger Manno answered the call,” said Mitch Jones, Senior Policy Advocate at Food & Water Action.
ABOVE: My spectacular point of view, sun setting while fishing 70 miles off the coast of Ocean City
My record speaks volumes.
Throughout my tenure in the Maryland Senate and the House of Delegates, I've stood up against the big polluters and oil and gas lobbyists and won. As Chair of the AELR regulatory committee, I stopped the Governor's regulations that would have allowed "fracking" drilling on October 1, 2017. I also challenged the Governor's repeal of strong Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions regulations, which led to litigation by Sierra Club and Physicians for Social Responsibility.
In the House of Delegates, I authored legislation to ban "Tar Sands" oil for use in Maryland fleet vehicles -- the first anti-fracking legislation ever introduced in Maryland. In the State Senate, I authored the first ever Maryland legislation to attempt to ban dangerous artificial turf fields. I've passed sweeping new laws to finally put science into oyster harvesting in the Chesapeake Bay (SB937), established a study and database on dangerous pesticide use (SB675 and SB700), created the Electric Vehicle and Recharging Incentive program (SB393 and SB908), re-established the Clean Energy Incentives Program and removed coal from the allowable sources (SB946), increased penalties for phosphorous polluters (SB751), created the Oyster Shell Recovery Tax Credit program (SB694), and built a framework for a transition to sustainable organic farming -- the Maryland Organic Transition Pilot Program (HB449).
ABOVE: Vintage Maryland League of Conservation Voters "100%er" seal, indicating Roger's perfect 100% Lifetime Score over the course of his tenure in the Maryland legislature. Since then, over the course of Roger's 12 years in the Maryland Senate and House, Roger has the longest 100% rating in the legislature. We think that's quite a distinction!
ABOVE: Artist rendition of hydrokinetic turbine technology, in oceanic applications, which was the subject of Roger's RPS reform legislation
I'm proud of our work, but there's so much left to do.