Jim is committed to improving the quality of our air and water, protecting open space, and preserving the Chesapeake Bay. He voted for the creation of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, an Americorps-style service learning project to engage the next generation of environmental stewards in Maryland. He supported critical measures to improve air quality, including raising vehicle emissions standards and limiting emissions from coal fired power plants. Jim is a strong supporter of clean energy. He voted repeatedly to increase the use of solar and wind generation, and to provide tax incentives for homeowners and businesses to use renewable energy technology.