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Don't lift ban on oil exports

I was pleased to read Quinn Kelley's photo coverage, "President Obama's trip to Alaska" (Sept. 2). Fortunately, President Barack Obama discussed his bold plan to tackle global warming. The impacts are already dramatic in Alaska but here in Maryland and across the country it's happening too — 14 of the past 15 years have been the hottest on record.

Thanks to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, Maryland is on the way to reducing our global warming emissions as is the whole nation. However, Shell Oil's plan to drill in the Arctic causes me concern. The Arctic is not a place where a spill will be easy to handle. The pristine ocean and rare wildlife are too sensitive to be threatened by an accident.

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We need to drill less, not more. Yet there is an effort in the U.S. Senate to lift our decades' old ban on exporting crude oil. Lifting this ban will lead to more global warming pollution along with more drilling, spilling, and transporting of oil across the nation.

Our Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski need to vocally oppose lifting the ban on crude oil. We need to move forward in efforts to tackle global warming, not backward.

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Jessie Mehrhoff, Baltimore

The writer is a campaign organizer for Environment Maryland.

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