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Solar the way to a clean energy economy [Letter]

MiningMetal and Mineral

Letter writer Jennifer Kunze ("Md. ought to have cleaner air," June 17) is absolutely correct. We can and should have cleaner air. Maryland's legislature should step up its efforts to move our state toward a clean energy economy.

The solar industry in Maryland is actually creating new jobs at a much faster rate than the dirty coal industry here without adding any pollution to the air we all breathe. In fact, U.S. solar jobs are growing ten times faster than the national average employment growth.

If we want to clean up Maryland's air and improve our economy at the same time, Maryland's political leaders would be smart to make a push for solar and other clean energy technologies instead of promoting fracking or supporting expanding coal-fired power plants.

Laureen Peck, Elkridge

The writer is vice president of marketing for SolarEnergyWorld.

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