State Senator Paul Pinsky. Credit: Official Portrait.

In the world of climate related bills, it’s not often you hear of a legislative hearing that draws minimal opposition, or where labor and environmental groups agree to work toward the same goal.

Somehow, that happened in Annapolis Thursday.

Robin Clark from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation was the first to testify before the Senate’s Environmental Affairs Committee in favor of the Climate Solutions Now Act. It’s a wide-ranging bill that aims to eliminate greenhouse gases in Maryland by 2045.

Clark said the provision requiring the planting of 5 million trees by 2030 could disprove the old adage that money doesn’t grow on trees.

“But in a way, money also does grow on trees,” she said. “Because trees can help support the state reaching its climate goals and reaching its water quality goals in a surprising and relatively cost-effective way.”

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at

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