In Commissioner Rothschild's June 15 Times article entitled "Environment vs. global warming" he writes "exaggerated climate change has little to do with the E-word (Environment), but has everything to do with the C-words: Communism and free-market Capitalism."
I must take exception to this statement on two counts, viz; climate change is not exaggerated, and there are many free-market opportunities available to help abate and reverse climate change.
Every concerned and objective-minded Maryland citizen should read the Maryland Department of Environment's Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan: Executive Summary.
Due to Maryland's extensive low-lying bay and ocean coastlines, many developed areas are vulnerable to continual sea level rise and increased storm surges during hurricanes. As for free-market economic opportunities; there are many within the solar energy sector, local produce farming fields, energy efficiency upgrading, electric vehicle (EV) sales, EV charging station installations, reforestation projects, and greener building construction trades. And, the average citizen may also increase their personal capital by living more efficiently, simply, and locally.
May I suggest that Commissioner Rothschild, and perhaps all of our commissioners, investigate Maryland climate change by engaging the science professors at both the McDaniel College and Carroll Community College, as well as the science department leaders and teachers within the Carroll County public school system.
They should also get outdoors and explore our stream courses and coastal wetland areas to see what's happening. Then, they should ask the nature experts overseeing these areas, is climate change upon us and are humans contributing to the change?
Then they should ask what needs to be done to fix it.