Maryland bill would charge companies for carbon pollution

Posted at 3:21 AM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 03:21:13-05

UNDATED (AP) — Maryland lawmakers would charge fees on fossil fuels and high-emissions vehicles to reduce pollution within the state - and send the first $350 million annually to fund schools - under a bill in the state's General Assembly.

HB33, the Climate Crisis and Education Act, cross-filed with SB76, would require the state to reduce its carbon emissions from 2006 by 60% by 2030 and reach net zero carbon emissions by 2045.

Beginning July 31, 2022, all fossil fuels brought into Maryland for burning and all new high-emission vehicles sold or registered within the state would incur a fee, according to the bill.