Md. needs more clean energy

With some of the nation's dirtiest air, Maryland can't afford to burn more fossil fuels

Maryland currently ranks fifth in the nation for worst air quality and produces over 60 percent of its energy from dirty sources like coal and natural gas. Immediately after his inauguration, Gov. Larry Hogan rolled back coal regulations that would have greatly improved air quality conditions in the state.

If Governor Hogan continues to support the bottom line of fossil fuel companies, then strong grass roots efforts will be critical to protect the health, safety and financial security of the public. We need constituents to show their support for the Clean Energy Advancement Act that would double Maryland's wind and solar production by implementing a 40 percent renewable portfolio standard by 2025.

Not only will renewable energy improve air quality for Maryland residents, but it will also ameliorate the devastating impacts of climate change and create stable, high-paying jobs. Carrie Wells just reported that the number of jobs in the solar energy sector increased by 29 percent in 2014 and it is expected to rise to 3,800 this year ("Solar jobs growing rapidly in Maryland," Feb. 12).

Kelsey Erickson, Takoma Park

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