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Md. House of Delegates OKs new goal for greenhouse gas cuts

The Maryland House of Delegates on Thursday approved a new goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

Delegates voted 100-37 to approve a bill that requires the state to cut greenhouse emissions such as carbon dioxide by 40 percent by 2030. The goal uses 2006 as the baseline for measuring emissions.

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The state Senate approved a similar bill last month on a 38-8 vote.

The previous goal was to cut emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and was set six years ago. That law would expire if not reauthorized by lawmakers.

The new goal was proposed by Maryland's Climate Change Commission, which includes members from the legislature, nonprofit groups, private businesses and state agency secretaries appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Thursday night's vote was cheered by the Sierra Club, which says the emissions reduction program is an opportunity to fight climate change and create jobs in the clean energy industry.

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