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Climate Change: the Greatest Opportunity to Come to the United States

Posted by Martin O'Malley, Guest Columnist

Oct 4, 2018 11:25:04 AM

Climate Change is the greatest economic opportunity to come to the United States in a hundred years. But, turning this planetary threat into our children’s great opportunity, will not happen by itself. We must make it happen.

There is no single public work more important to the security and well-being of our children’s future than moving our nation forward to a 100% Renewable Energy Grid by 2050.

We are Americans. We are the masters of history, not its victims. We make our own events, not time or chance. As earlier generations of Americans faced and defeated the Nazi threat of fascism, so too must we face and defeat the threat of Climate Change. As earlier generations built the national transportation and energy grids necessary to win prior industrial revolutions, we must build the national grids necessary to win this Third Industrial Revolution.

And the good news is, seizing this opportunity no longer requires dreaming or hoping for magic solutions, it merely requires doing. The technology and know-how already exist. No other country on the planet has a greater abundance of natural renewable resources — sun, wind, and water — than does the continental United States. And the cost for our nation to move to a 100% Renewable Energy Grid is far, far less than the cost of just the most recent tax cuts for the super-wealthy among us

With the possible exception of Communist China, no nation has the ability to move forward to a renewable energy future as quickly as we do. Chinese Policy dictators understand clearly the competitive economic advantage of lifting the costs of fossil fuel extraction and fossil fuel burning from its national shoulders

Here in the United States, the barrier to our own progress-at-scale is not a lack of money or too much political freedom. Nor is it a lack of technical know-how or ability. It is the lack of political will. A lack of political will perpetuated by a lack of understanding. It is fear itself. For in the absence of a will to move forward, the inertia of old money blocks our path with the fear of loss.

As Sinclair Lewis once wrote, “it’s hard to convince a man of the truth when his job depends on not believing it.”

Our domestic fossil-fuel industry — oil, gas, and coal — take our tax-payer subsidies and use a big chunk of it to convince us and our elected representatives that any switch to renewable energy will cost all of us dearly in terms of money and jobs. The truth, however, tells a different story.

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How Many More Kids Have to Die Before States Take Action on Gun Violence?

Posted by Martin O'Malley, Guest Columnist

Feb 23, 2018 1:49:27 PM

Guns don’t have a lot to do with green building, but gun safety has everything to do with sustainable living. We once again find ourselves seeking answers following yet another savage and tragic attack, this time at Parkland High School in Florida.

The clearest voices are the voices of the young people who witnessed this massacre. Even through their tears, they are clearly demanding that adults take action. They are shaming us to act. They are insisting that we act. That we show, as a people, that we love our children more than our guns.

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Governor Martin O’Malley: Seizing America’s Renewable Energy Future

Posted by Martin O'Malley, Guest Columnist

Dec 27, 2017 4:18:26 PM

Climate change is the greatest business opportunity to come to the United States in a hundred years.

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Course Correction

Posted by Martin O'Malley, Guest Columnist

Nov 9, 2017 12:44:10 PM

Good countries sometimes make bad mistakes. Great nations correct their mistakes quickly.

Tuesday’s election night results in Virginia, New Jersey, Washington State, New Hampshire and Maryland are the strongest evidence yet that America is returning its true self.

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Resilient Rebuilding in Puerto Rico

Posted by Martin O'Malley, Guest Columnist

Sep 28, 2017 1:23:28 PM

Two of the largest Hurricanes in recorded history hit Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other Caribbean islands within ten days of each other. The cause is undeniable. The devastation almost indescribable, and the opportunity to rebuild a green, renewable more resilient electric grid has never been called for more urgently.

Reality check.

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Project Drawdown: Here and Now

Posted by Martin O'Malley, Guest Columnist

Aug 23, 2017 4:03:21 PM

So what if Trump doesn’t believe in climate change? Some of us are going ahead with the fight anyway.

THE MIND ONCE ENLIGHTENED cannot again become dark.” So said American Revolutionary leader and writer Thomas Paine. So say we all.

Just because President Trump chooses not to lead on climate change doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t.

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New Smart Cities Initiative Aims to Solve Big City Challenges

Posted by Martin O'Malley, Guest Columnist

Mar 9, 2017 9:36:33 AM

Green Builder Media warmly welcomes Governor Martin O'Malley as our newest columnist.  As Mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland, O'Malley has lead widespread sustainability initiatives, from massive cleanup efforts in the Chesapeake Bay to strong advocacy for a 100% national renewable energy mandate by 2030.

There is profound shift taking place where cities are concerned and it's not just about technology; it's about people and its about our planet.

Over the last year I have been working with a new smart cities initiative called the MetroLab Network -- a network of 40 leading cities and their university partners. The network came together to speed up the research, development, and deployment of smart city solutions to big city challenges. 

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