I am overjoyed to announce that we have officially become the first Green Party Candidate in Maryland history to be endorsed by the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club is one of the oldest environmental groups, founded in 1892, and is now the nation's largest grassroots environmental organization with more than two million members and supporters.
As you're probably aware, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota is desperately fighting to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from being built. If unsuccessful, this oil pipe will destroy sacred sites and contaminate their water. What you might not know is that crude oil from the same area in North Dakota, known as "Bakken Crude", is actually shipped through Baltimore. Oil tankers take it right through our residential neighborhoods.
We actually had an oil train derailment this past summer right under MICA, the Maryland Institute College of Art! Thankfully the oil tanks didn't explode and hurt anybody. Did this near-catastrophe motivate our government to take action? Of course not.
And Baltimore is no stranger to contaminated water either — our infrastructure can’t handle more than a few inches of rain at a time. In 2015, nearly 5,000 reports of raw untreated sewage flooded and destroyed residential basements. On February 23, 2016, a single storm caused 12.6 million gallons of wastewater to be released into streams and streets, ultimately ending up in our Inner Harbor.
Our city’s incompetence is responsible for this immeasurable environmental damage. It's time to elect leaders that understand how neglecting our infrastructure and our environment is unacceptable.