Important Climate Change Working Group Info.

From Karen Russell:

Please mark your calendars for the next Climate Change Working Group meeting: Saturday, December 9, from 10 – noon, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick in rm. 113.  Our business meeting will include the continuation of our discussion on coming to a position on energy generation for Frederick County. And, let’s make time to socialize a little! I plan to bring hot cider and homemade banana bread.

Also, at our November meeting, I committed to addressing the Frederick County state delegation at their annual public hearing this Saturday, Dec 2, at 2 p.m. in the 1st floor hearing room of Winchester Hall, on behalf of the Climate Change Working Group. You will find an agenda and my testimony below. If any of you can be there, the moral support would be appreciated!  Below are the State Delegation agenda and my comments:
Delegation Hearing Agenda

  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Call to order and welcome
  • Introductions
  • Review and approve 2.3.17 Delegation minutes
  • Frederick County Liquor Board legislative priorities (Jesse Pippy – Chairman and Rick Stup – Member)
  • County Ethics Legislation – Senator Michael Hough
  • Potential Bond Bills (Key Stadium Sports Mural – Yemi Fagbohun, Helen Smith Studio – Al Weinberg)
  • Opioid Epidemic (Maryland Sheriff’s Youth Ranch – Korey Shorb, Crossroads Freedom Center – Maria Tarasuk)
  • Potential Delegation Legislation – open platform for delegation members
  • Public Comment
  • Adjournment

Testimony for Frederick County Delegation Annual Public Hearing

December 2, 2017, Climate Change Working Group of Frederick County, Karen Russell, Founder & Chair, 510 E. Mountain Rd., Knoxville, MD 21758,, 301-401-2463 (cell)

I speak today for the Climate Change Working Group. We are local residents focused on preparing Frederick County to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of Climate Change.

According to, authors of seven climate consensus studies co-authored a paper published in an internationally recognized physics journal called Environmental Research Letters and concluded the following. I quote:

“1) Depending on exactly how you measure the expert consensus, it’s somewhere between 90% and 100% that agree humans are responsible for climate change, with most of our studies finding 97% consensus among publishing climate scientists.

2) The greater the climate expertise among those surveyed, the higher the consensus on human-caused global warming.”

If nine out of ten medical doctors you visited agreed that a fever was bad for you, I’m sure you would agree and try to find a way to bring your temperature down.

Frederick County is already experiencing the effects of Climate Change. Later frost, warmer winters, early springs, longer periods without rain or snow, more severe storms when they do occur– these are now part of our reality.

Hotter and dryer weather puts pressure on water sources, such as the Monocacy and Potomac Rivers for both humans and wildlife. Warm weather in autumn and winter stresses crops ranging from apples to hops, putting farming and its dependent industries at risk.

It is imperative that we work to wean our culture from the use of fossil fuels, as quickly as possible. Bills coming before you this session involve raising the Renewable Portfolio Standard. The Working Group has endorsed the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative, but there are others, including the “100% Clean Energy by 2035” bill submitted by Delegate Shane Robinson.

The Working Group would like the see the Forest Conservation Act passed this session. Maryland is suffering a net loss of forest cover. Trees, especially large ones, are an amazingly simple answer to not only removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but also mitigating floods and cleaning our water. We would also like to see the revised Forest Resource Ordinance passed in Frederick County, as we are also suffering a net loss of forest cover.

Finally, MD needs to refuse Mountaineer Gas a “401 Certification” for its proposed pipeline under the Potomac near Hancock. The pipeline is unnecessary and we especially don’t need the risk of one under the Potomac River.

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