Environmental Defense Fund

Is a $103 million expansion of natural gas service the best Md. can do?

Is a $103 million expansion of natural gas service the best Md. can do?

Maryland’s Republican governor has taken a succession of actions on climate change that put him in stark contrast to President Donald Trump and many in his party’s leadership. Gov. Larry Hogan pushed to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. He has pledged his support for the Paris Climate Agreements. He opposes off-shore drilling. And he supported higher standards for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the market-based program that caps power plant emissions in Maryland and eight other states.

But there have also been limits to the governor’s environmental stewardship, particularly when it runs afoul of his “Maryland is open for business” mantra. Two years ago, Mr. Hogan...