Maryland must stop pretending that poultry waste is clean energy

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In 2020, more than a third of Maryland’s “clean energy” dollars went to polluting energy sources, according to a report earlier this year by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

Setting goals for 100% clean energy is critical, but it must be married with appropriate definitions of what counts as “clean.” As the poultry industry vies for its share of public clean energy money, it is imperative that we close the definitional loopholes in Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.

Biogas from poultry waste is not clean energy — let’s stop acting like it is. Current elected officials and those running for office must commit to removing all polluting energy sources from the Renewable Portfolio Standard and cut the flow of Marylanders’ public money to factory farm filth.

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