COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley urged graduating students from the state's flagship university Thursday to work against climate change, which he called "the transformation that transforms everything."
O'Malley, a term-limited Democrat who is considering a run for the White House in 2016, said climate change is transforming education, language, mobility, farming, forestry, buildings, energy and cities. He said the problem requires "a transformation of our imagination."
"We are adept, aren't we, at imagining the end of the world, but not yet so good at imagining a new beginning," O'Malley told thousands of graduates at the University of Maryland, College Park.
O'Malley's speech came about a week after he vetoed legislation that would have put a 13-month moratorium on building wind turbines within 56 miles of the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The measure would have delayed and possibly scuttled a wind farm development on the Eastern Shore in order to study how tall turbines would affect radar at the base. O'Malley noted the threat of climate change in a letter outlining his reasons for the unusual veto of legislation passed with strong support by the Democrat-controlled Legislature.
Environmental initiatives like working to develop offshore wind, improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and reducing greenhouse gas emissions have been top O'Malley priorities of his administration.
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