So, uh, the extra carbon dioxide and longer growing seasons made trees grow faster and the bigger trees broke more power cables as they were felled by high winds, right? Had nothing to do with green-leaning Marylanders forcing power companies to leave greenery closer to power lines than is preferable or safe…
Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley on Wednesday attributed the prolonged power outages that left hundreds of thousands of Marylanders in the dark to global warming, saying the state’s electricity grid could not handle stronger storms caused by climate change.
“A grid that was resilient for the weather of [the past] is not resilient enough to withstand violent storms that climate change and global warming in our atmosphere are causing today,” O’Malley said during a Board of Public Works meeting, at which he called for an enhanced power grid but praised the state’s emergency response.
The Maryland governor — and possible Democratic presidential contender — has built much of his political brand on green energy efforts and tighter environmental standards in the liberal-leaning state. O’Malley this year called for wind farms off the Maryland coast and successfully pushed through a higher “flush” tax to help Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts.