State senator: Maryland needs to bury its power lines

Dan Rodricks had a great column ("Scary storms in the age of information," Oct. 30) and I could not agree more. When will we begin to have a serious discussion about making the proper investments in improving our infrastructure as it relates to how we receive our power in Maryland? Recent climatic events clearly point to the need for us to do something other than "kick the can down the road."

I agree with Mr. Rodricks when he points out that climate scientists observe, "we have sufficiently damaged the atmosphere in a way that will make such events more common and more deadly." We owe it to our children, grandchildren and the generations that follow us to address this new catastrophic reality in a thoughtful and meaningful way. We have the technology.

In the upcoming session of the General Assembly, I will join with Sen. Katherine Klausmeier and others to promote legislation to bury all power lines in Maryland. In the 21st century, we should be in better control of our lives in Maryland, no matter what nature hurls at us or what costs it will take to respond.

After all, the longer we procrastinate the higher the cost. "We will pay now or we'll pay later, but we most assuredly will pay."

Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, Baltimore

The writer, a Democrat, represents District 45 in the Maryland Senate.

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