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A Maryland-style Earth Day pledge
A Maryland-style Earth Day pledge

Since 1970, Americans have set aside one day per year, April 22, to rally and make noise on behalf of the environment. First inspired by a California oil spill, Earth Day has always been about calling attention to problems and advocating for action. Much of it has been directed at government — federal, state and local — to regulate pollution, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to protect natural resources and on and on. Here in Maryland, we have often viewed the environmental cause primarily in terms of government policy, too. Most recently, Gov. Larry Hogan drew considerable attention for calling for an end to the "rain tax" — the fee that had been required in...