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Md. makes headway on climate

On climate change, who knew a Republican governor and Democratic legislature could make such progress?

In response to the article, "Maryland Senate OKs increasing state's renewable energy standard" (April 6), I would like to thank Gov. Larry Hogan and the Maryland General Assembly for what has been a banner week for climate action!

On Monday, Governor Hogan signed the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2016 into law. This bill extended the 2009 Maryland law that set a goal to reduce climate-polluting emissions statewide and created a plan to achieve that goal. The current emissions reduction plan is estimated to benefit Maryland's economy by between $2.5 billion and $3.5 billion by 2020 and to create or maintain between 26,000 and 33,000 jobs.

Several days after the governor signed the emissions reduction bill, the Senate passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act. This puts Maryland one step closer to deriving 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources like wind and solar. The Clean Energy Jobs Act isn't just a win for our health, it also guarantees the creation of thousands of family-supporting jobs in the region. The House and Senate must take final votes to approve the same version of the bill before it heads to Governor Hogan's desk.

Again, I want to thank our legislators for acting in our interest and passing these historic climate laws and thank Governor Hogan for signing the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act. While other states bicker over the reality of climate change, Maryland has taken great strides to address the problem — a win-win for our environment, health and economy.

Nancy Soreng, Annapolis

The writer is co-president of the League of Women Voters of Maryland.

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