Thank you for recognizing the importance of the recent agreement by President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama's in the editorial, "Climate breakthrough" (Nov. 12). That's exactly what this meeting represented — a breakthrough.

This public pledge means that the U.S. is in the international spotlight — and we're ready. Solar power has the potential to cover 100 times the U.S. demand for electricity. Wind energy now powers the equivalent of 13 million American homes. Most importantly, we have the chance to finalize a Clean Power Plan that will allow us for the first time to limit the dirtiest global warming polluters in our country — coal-fired power plants.

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In light of this historic agreement and the recent election, it is more critical than ever that we continue to demand clean power and to celebrate leaders like Maryland's U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin who stand up to climate change deniers in Congress. The EPA's Clean Power Plan is the best first step to reduce global warming pollution in this country. The comment period for this historic plan ends on December 1, so there's still time to voice your support on the EPA's website.

President Obama has given us the spotlight. Let's rise to the occasion and ensure that climate change deniers will not threaten the future of our children and our environment.

Bailey Rehnberg, Baltimore

The writer is a campaign organizer for Environment Maryland.

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