Kelly: Scooters, bikes and mopeds aren’t enough. We want dockless everything!

Looking back, it seems funny that everybody thought the dockless electric mopeds would be the straw that broke the app-based, vehicle-sharing camel’s back, coming as they did after the dockless scooters, dockless bikes and the car-share cars: the Zipcars and the Car2Gos. (Cars2Go?) Surely, people thought, the streets of Washington could take no more. But the marketplace abhors a vacuum and only a few weeks after the rental mopeds debuted, they were joined by the dockless steamrollers, courtesy of a macromobility start-up called Flat.  “We want to revolutionize the world of steamroller rental,” said Devin Willow, Flat’s CEO — compression envisioning officer. “Is there a huge demand for steamrollers? (Wash. Post)

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Editorial: Here comes the solar

Frederick County is beginning to realize the benefits of its project to build solar power arrays on vacant land at the county landfill, and we are excited at the glimpse of the future being offered here. The solar array, which was dedicated this month, was built on just 14 acres at the landfill, but it can generate almost 2 megawatts of power a day. That will supply nearly 20 percent of the county’s general building power needs. Such well-known county buildings as Winchester Hall and the C. Burr Artz Public Library will now get clean power from the sun. So will the libraries in Urbana and Emmitsburg and the Frederick Senior Center. (News-Post)

Hsu: Immigrants are key to Baltimore’s economic growth

Baltimore is booming, and training a digital workforce is key to cementing our position as a national innovation hub. Unlocking our city’s full potential depends, however, on our ability to welcome immigrants and leverage their entrepreneurial zeal to power our economic growth. I should know: I’m a Taiwanese immigrant, and my company, Catalyte, is training Baltimore’s workers as software engineers. We use artificial intelligence to identify people — from school teachers to construction workers to PhDs in biology — with the potential to become great developers. We’ve shown that given proper training, both new arrivals and multi-generational Baltimoreans can achieve amazing things, and compete on equal terms with computer-science graduates from top universities. (Balt. Sun)

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Norton, Laflamme: Energy inefficiency disproportionately hurts low-income Baltimoreans

There has been a great deal of national and local discussion recently on making sure Baltimore reaches its full potential. Make no mistake: There is a reason it is called Charm City; we are a vibrant and proud city. After more than 30 years working to make housing healthier in Baltimore and across Maryland, it is clear to us that we won’t reach that full potential until we better serve our most vulnerable residents where it matters most: in their homes. We have conducted hundreds of energy audits for families and the elderly living in low-income homes and apartments across the region. (Balt. Sun)

Rodricks: To reduce trash, from Baltimore to the Eastern Shore, start with a new, smart counter message; a lot of people missed the memo

The other day, while aboard a boat, I spotted a deflated Mylar balloon floating in Prospect Bay, south of Kent Narrows, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and it made me groan. All trash makes me groan, but balloons symbolize the littering that takes place all around us, and not by accident. Of course, I had no way of knowing where that balloon originated. Its release could have been accidental; it might have slipped from the hand of a child at a birthday party in Annapolis and sailed east. But it also could have been part of a mass release of balloons after a funeral. (Balt. Sun)

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Kurtz: The View from Here

An Ocean City vacation carries multiple pleasures (and occasional misery), but let’s face it, with all due respect – ecotourism it ain’t. But that, essentially, is the argument town officials have been making as they scramble to defeat two proposed offshore wind energy projects that are going through a long and complicated federal approval process. Town officials – and their allies, who include U.S. Rep. Andrew P. Harris (R) – have been crying wolf about the ocean views that could be ruined by the dim silhouette of wind energy turbines miles off the coast. (Md. Matters) 

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Editorial: Baltimore needs help, but it’s not helpless

We offer our thanks to the volunteers from out of state who came to Baltimore to clear trash and found themselves helping save two apparent overdose victims. They were here to do a good deed and wound up doing an even better one. The incident comes amid a period of great national scrutiny of Baltimore’s problems, fueled by President Donald Trump’s tweets mocking the city, and it says a couple of things about the true nature of what’s going on here that much of the national discussion has missed.  First, one of the volunteers happened to be a former police officer who knew how to administer the anti-overdose medication naloxone because the opioid epidemic is a problem everywhere — in Florida and New York, where the volunteers came from, in big cities, in suburbs and in rural communities. (Balt. Sun)     

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Gunasekara: A Trojan horse for Md. energy policy

Maryland legislators recently passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019 with the goal of increasing the amount of energy from renewable energy sources. What some Marylanders may find surprising is that embedded among the traditional list of renewables that generate power from the wind and the sun is another type of “renewable” source that derives its energy from trash. Strategically referred to as “waste-to-energy,” the concept to turn trash into a clean, usable form of energy is well-intentioned but in practice is far from true. Trash incinerators have been around for a long time. Most were built in the 1970s and 1980s and are now dealing with the question of how to prolong their end-of-life reality.  (Daily Record)

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