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.
- Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Riverside (1970).
- Diploma, theoretical physics, Charles University, Prague (1967).
Petr Chylek is an Adjunct Professor of physics and atmospheric science at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Chylek believes that climate change is due to natural variability rather than caused by man.
Stance on Climate Change
“A common view on the current climate change (global warming) is that it is a result of fossil fuel burning and the following increase in atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide. In reality there are several factors that produce the current climate change. Some of the most important are:
- natural climate variability
- variability of the incoming solar radiation
- increrase [ibid] in atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide
- increase in atmospheric concentration of other greenhouse gases, especially methane” 
“Thus, two of the three pillars of the global warming and carbon dioxide paradigm are open to reinvestigation.The damage has been done. The public trust in climate science has been eroded. At least a part of the IPCC 2007 report has been put in question. We cannot blame it on a few irresponsible individuals. The entire esteemed climate research community has to take responsibility. Yes, there always will be a few deniers and obstructionists.” 
In the open letter, Chylek writes that the IPCC has “substituted the search for truth with an attempt at proving one point of view” and that the response to Climategate should be to “drastically modify or temporarily discontinue the IPCC.”
Chylek is listed as a signatory of the 2006 open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The letter, titled “Open Kyoto to Debate,” urged inaction on climate policy while debating the existence of climate change.
Chylek serves as the chairman and main organizer for the International Conference on Global Warming and the Next Ice Age. The conference convenes every five years, with the most recent being in 2006 (which included a two-day workshop on “climate prediction uncertainties”). 
In a summary of the first conference, Chylek claims its purpose is to “promote open discussion” regarding climate issues. Chylek's summary suggests that global warming is a natural process and possibly even “a blessing.” He also includes suggestions for policymakers, one of which describes how reducing greenhouse gas emissions would “not by itself be an effective tool in producing a sustainable environment.”
Numerous climate skeptics have attended the conference including Fred Singer, Chris De Freitas and Patrick Michaels. Roger Pielke Sr. and Ross McKitrick were also among the attendees of the 2006 conference.
According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Chylek has published over 100 research articles in peer-reviewed journals.
A list of his recent publications until 2000 is available on Chlek's profile at Dalhousie University. Few of his peer-reviewed articles appear to directly contradict the theory of man-made climate change.
One of Chylek's articles is published by the Fraser Institute. The Fraser Institute has received funding from several tobacco companies including Rothman's, British American Tobacco and Phillip Morris. It has also received funding from Exxonmobil to work on “climate change.”
“Petr Chylek: Professor of Physics and Atmospheric Science,” Dalhousie University. Accessed December 2, 2011.
“Petr Chylek: CV - May 2005” (PDF), Archived January 14, 2009.
“Petr Chylek: Open Letter to the Climate Research Community,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, December 5, 2009.
The Second International Conference on Global warming and the Next Ice Age Conference Proceedings (PDF) by Charlie Zender, Chris Folland, Manvendra Dubey, and Petr Chylek.
“Fraser Forum - April 2002: Environmental Questions for the 21st Century,” The Fraser Institute, April 1, 2002.