Following the lead of ten other states that have already adopted similar legislation, Maryland lawmakers this week passed two bills that aim to create community solar projects and increase access to clean energy in the state.
The bills, which still must be signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan, would launch a three-year pilot project to allow the state to assess the benefits of community solar and establish best practices.
Rob K Scagel
- M.Sc. (Botany). 
Rob Scagel is listed as the “principal consultant” for a company called Pacific Phytometric Consultants based in Surrey, BC, Canada.
Numerous sources describe Scagel as a “forest microclimate specialist.”
Stance on Climate Change
Scagel is a signatory to the Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change which states “global climate has always changed and always will, independent of the actions of humans, and that carbon dioxide (CO2) is not a pollutant but rather a necessity for all life.”
“The MPB (mountain pine beetle) is a species native to this part of North America and is always present. The MPB epidemic started as comparatively small outbreaks and through forest management inaction got completely out of hand.” (Part of a response to Al Gore). 
March 4, 2008
Scagel is listed as a “Climate Expert” who signed the 2008 Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change. The Declaration was first presented at the Heartland Institute's 2008 International Conference on Climate Change. 
The main assertion of the Manhattan Declaration is that “human-caused climate change is not a global crisis.”
Its recommendation is “that world leaders reject the views expressed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”
December 13, 2007
Rather than continue with their focus on “fighting climate change,” the letter argues that the UN should simply adapt to what signatories presume are inevitable temperature changes.
Listed as a signatory to an open letter titled “Open Kyoto to Debate” addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
According to a search of 22,000 academic journals for the name “RK Scagel,” there are 14 research articles published in peer-reviewed journals, mainly in the area of forestry, the last article being published in November 2000.
“CLIMATE EXPERTS WHO SIGNED MANHATTAN DECLARATION,” International Climate Science Coalition. Accessed February 10, 2012.
“The gods are laughing,” National Post, June 7, 2006. Republished by canada.com.
“Open Letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations,” December 13, 2007. Reprinted by the Science and Public Policy Institute.
“NRSP People,” Natural Resources Stewardship Project. Archived March 15, 2007.
“WHO WE ARE,” International Climate Science Coalition. Accessed February 10, 2012.