State of Maryland Archives: on Energy & Oil
Vote YES on Keystone pipeline; it's a call to arms
In July, 28 Democratic members of the US House of Representatives broke ranks and voted to build the Keystone Pipeline. Sadly, Maryland Representatives Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards voted NO. For Marylanders weary of sheltered politicians who turn
their backs on American workers, these NO votes are a call to arms. Iraq veteran Richard Douglas has answered the call. He is prepared to do whatever it takes to return the American workforce to its rightful place: first on the nation's priority list.
For the Maryland members of Congress who voted against Keystone, it was not their first NO. Douglas believes such votes illustrate a sheltered Congress's detachment from the realities of
American workers in Maryland and across the nation. Congress's isolation harms American workers, and ultimately weakens American democracy.
Source: 2016 Campaign website for MD Senate, DouglasMaryland.com
Nov 11, 2015
End the automatic gas tax increase
After siphoning a billion dollars from the Transportation Trust Fund, a decision was made to enact the largest gas tax increase in state history. This legislation also included language that would automatically increase taxes every single year without it
ever having a coming up for a vote.
Marylanders deserve the transparency to know how their elected leaders vote every time the state takes a bigger share of their hard-earned dollars.
This is a regressive tax that hurts struggling Maryland families and our most vulnerable, and which adds to the cost of almost everything.
These automatic tax increases should be repealed, and we will submit legislation to do so.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Maryland Legislature
Feb 4, 2015
Voted NO on offshore wind renewable energy credits
HB 226 Establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits
Concurrence Vote Passed House (88 - 48); Rep. Kathy Szeliga voted Nay.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2013-2014 Maryland legislative records
Mar 18, 2013
- Authorizes the Public Service Commission to review and approve development proposals
to establish offshore wind projects between 10 and 30 miles off the coast of Maryland
- Authorizes the sale "offshore wind renewable energy credits" (ORECs) which are equal to 1 megawatt-hour of electricity
Prohibits the monthly cost for offshore wind renewable energy credits from exceeding $1.50 per month for residents and from exceeding 1.5 percent of annual electricity bills for non-residential customers
Prohibits offshore wind energy from exceeding 2.5 percent of the total energy retail sales in the state
- Requires the OREC price schedule to be less than $190 per megawatt hour in 2012 dollars
End special breaks to oil industries
Cardin said a bipartisan plan to address the national deficit needs to be the top priority. Cardin underscored that he believes revenues need to be a part of the plan. "Everybody should be paying their fair share,"
Cardin said. "We should eliminate the deductions that allow businesses to send our jobs overseas, and we shouldn't be giving to oil industries special breaks that are not available to other aspects of the energy sector."
Bongino said government needs to get out of the way and lessen the tax burden on residents and businesses. "Put the money back in Marylanders' pockets,"
Bongino said. "They know what to do with it."
Source: Cumberland Times-News on 2012 Maryland Senate debate
Oct 25, 2012
Untangle national security from our need for oil and gas
My business consists of helping American companies--and American workers--gain access to international markets to develop oil, gas and renewable energy. We need to untangle our national security interests from our need for oil and gas, because we have
plenty of energy right here in our own country. We do NOT have to be dependent on other countries for America's energy. And we need an energy policy that balances the development of domestic energy with a commitment to environmental protection.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.sobhaniformaryland.com
Oct 15, 2012
Raise gas tax by 2% per year, to rebuild infrastructure
Today, with gasoline at $3.50 per gallon, our primary source of revenue for transportation is the same flat 23 cents it was when gas was $1.08 per gallon. Meanwhile, it costs more to paint the Bay Bridge today than it did to build the first span.
As the Baltimore Sun editorializes, "If Maryland continues to embrace a 1992 tax rate, it will have to settle for crumbling 1992-era infrastructure."
No one has wanted to ask people to do more.
The best remaining option in my view is to repeal the current sales tax exemption on a gallon of gasoline; phasing it out by two percent a year, with a "braking mechanism" to protect consumers in the event that the price of gas spikes.
An enhanced investment on this scale would allow us to create 7,500 new jobs building needed roads, bridges, and public transit throughout our State.
Source: 2012 Maryland State of the State Address
Feb 3, 2012
Page last updated: Dec 11, 2015