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O'Malley climate plan is on target

Executive BranchGlobal WarmingBarack ObamaInterior PolicyMartin O'Malley

In response to The Sun editorial, "Md.'s climate opportunity" (July 29), I applaud Gov. Martin O'Malley for stepping up and answering President Barack Obama's call to action last month by putting Maryland at the forefront of the climate movement with his Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan.

According to the Department of Interior, the U.S. has 4,000 gigawatts of offshore wind potential, enough energy to power the U.S. four times over. Governor O'Malley has acknowledged the climate crisis and recognized the immense potential of offshore wind, and he is taking steps to ensure that Maryland harnesses the resources off the state's 3,000-plus miles of shoreline.

The editorial staff argued that the plan was a win-win, but if you look beyond the domestic jobs created and the economic boost, to the reduction in greenhouse gases and our dependence on fossil fuels, the slowing of ocean acidification, and the leadership Maryland is exemplifying, the plan is not just a win-win. It is a win-win-win-win-win-win.

Governor O'Malley has set the precedent for taking action on climate change, and the rest of the country should follow his example and make offshore wind a reality.

Lydia Geschiere, Washington

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