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Saving the environment means looking beyond Maryland’s borders | READER COMMENTARY

Conowingo Dam, located along the Susquehanna River near where it empties into the Chesapeake Bay, is the focus of a lawsuit by environmentalists who say large amounts of pollution are trapped behind the dam. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun).
Conowingo Dam, located along the Susquehanna River near where it empties into the Chesapeake Bay, is the focus of a lawsuit by environmentalists who say large amounts of pollution are trapped behind the dam. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun). (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

Thank you, Sen. Ben Cardin, for addressing the regional issue of the health of Chesapeake Bay by addressing a weak link — runoff from Pennsylvania farmers into the Susquehanna River, which drains into the Chesapeake Bay (”In bid for cooperation, Maryland senator seeks Chesapeake Bay funding for Pennsylvania with his first out-of-state earmark,” July 2). We need to look beyond our borders to address regional, national and global issues, and I am thankful as a Marylander that we have a senator who does just that.

Like the need to look beyond our borders to manage the Chesapeake Bay with fiscal responsibility is the need to manage global climate change in a fiscally responsible manner. The need to reach net zero by 2050 cannot be done on a state level — it must be done at a global level.

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One cornerstone legislation for that goal: carbon-fee-and-dividend. It places a fee on fossil fuel extraction at the source, returns the fee to households and makes it global with a border correction that extends the fee to other countries. More than 2,000 businesses, faith groups and prominent individuals have publicly endorsed the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 2307.

I hope our senior senator will be able to lead such an important discussion with his fellow senators as well as other members of the U.S. Congress.

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Sabrina S. Fu, Ellicott City

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