Regardless of whether we're talking about the next two years, Mr. Obama's legacy or the 2016 election, acting on climate change must be a priority.
In Maryland, families are already feeling the effects of global warming through rising sea levels and high asthma rates. What's more, just last week scientists from NOAA and NASA confirmed that 2014 was the hottest year on record.
That's why I applaud President Obama's commitment to double down on efforts to cut carbon pollution, ramp up renewable energy sources like solar and wind, and work with China and the rest of the world to "protect the one planet we've got."
Maryland families need and deserve a truly clean energy future. The State of the Union address made it clear that we've made progress but that we've got more work to do. We look forward to working with the president to enact his climate action plan and get Maryland — and the nation — on track for a 100 percent renewable energy future.
Bailey Rehnberg, Baltimore
The writer is a campaign organizer for Environment Maryland.