WASHINGTON — Two Maryland Democrats want Congress to agree to a renewable energy standard they believe will mobilize the government and the private sector to reduce the nation's reliance on fossil fuels.
Sen. Ben Cardin, a member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, and Rep. John Delaney, a former businessman who was first elected in 2012, introduced a resolution that calls for 50 percent of the nation's energy production to come from renewable sources by 2030.
Though the resolution is non-binding, it won't advance in a Republican-controlled Congress, where many GOP lawmakers are concerned about the economic impact of energy regulations on the coal industry.
Cardin and Delaney announced dozens of co-sponsors for the resolution, but all of them are Democrats.
The 2030 goal has been championed by environmental advocates, including billionaire Tom Steyer. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has set a similar goal for his state.
"I don't see this as a partisan issue," Cardin said. "This is a very important part of the overall strategy on the Chesapeake Bay."
The Obama administration unveiled to plan to reduce carbon emissions in 2014 that would have approached the 50 percent goal, though the Supreme Court has temporarily blocked Environmental Protection Agency regulations last month that were central to that effort.