Maryland faces great challenges with climate change. The recent report from the Maryland Commission on Climate Change echoes longstanding concerns of other reports from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other credible groups about addressing climate challenges in a meaningful way.
As a member of the commission's Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Mitigation Working Group, I want to thank Gov. Martin O'Malley and our political leaders for bold policy recommendations that address our environmental challenges.
We are at a critical juncture, facing an enormous opportunity to alter our course. Whether we are dealing with Maryland's coastline and the long-term effects due to global warming or dealing with the fact that the world's availability of oil is systematically being eradicated, the fact remains that we must look toward new sources of energy.
At Frostburg State University, we have outstanding faculty members who have invested their time studying renewable sources of energy and understanding their impact. This past year, FSU's Renewable Energy Conference outlined and addressed many of the issues surrounding renewable sources of energy such as wind, solar, hydrogen and less well-known options. We are working hard to provide the educational tools to the workforce that will deal with this next generation of energy resources, in particular wind and solar energy, as its use expands nationally and internationally.