Thank you for bringing attention to New York's recent ban on fracking ("Fracking ban in NY prompts calls for MD to follow suit," Dec. 17). I applaud Gov. Andrew Cuomo for putting the health of New Yorkers above the pressure for dirty energy. Now it's time for Maryland to do the same.

Governor Cuomo was right to listen to scientists and public health experts pointing to the overwhelming dangers of fracking, well-documented in contaminated drinking water and sick children.

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Let's also consider the end goal: clean and renewable energy for Marylanders. Approving fracking in our state would be a dangerous detour from this goal. Not only does fracking threaten the health of our communities, but it also serves as a costly distraction from truly clean energy like wind and solar power. After all, the process of fracking natural gas contributes to the emissions responsible for 2014 being the hottest year on record.

Here's the bottom line: We've got to be on the right side of history with this one. Maryland has consistently been a leader on climate action. Let's not let our environmental legacy include the stain of fracking.

Let's join hands with New Yorkers and refuse to allow fracking within our beautiful state. Contact your elected officials and urge them to speak up in solidarity.

Bailey Rehnberg, Baltimore

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