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Maryland has more climate work to do

The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board members talk about South Florida and the climate compact that is trying to address the effects of climate change and sea-level rise.

I was glad to see that Maryland will be supporting the Paris climate agreement (“Maryland will join alliance of states supporting Paris climate agreement, Hogan says,” Jan. 10). But this commitment, on it’s own, does nothing to address the urgent threat of climate change.

The most important component of the Paris agreement is the goal of limiting global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Climate scientists have been very clear in their warnings: missing this goal, even by a little, will literally put millions of lives at risk. We’ve seen evidence of the threats already this year. Scientists have also made clear what the solution is: a rapid transition away from fossil fuels and massive investments in renewable energy, particularly within the next 10 years. That means shifting our entire economy to 100 percent clean energy as quickly as possible.

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Del. Shane Robinson and others in the legislature are putting forth legislation to do just that. Their bill would require all electricity sold in Maryland to come from wind, solar, tidal or geothermal power by 2035, creating thousands of jobs along the way. The transition to truly clean, renewable energy will also save lives in our state by reducing the prevalence of asthma and other illnesses that disproportionately impact low-income and communities of color. If Gov. Larry Hogan and the General Assembly are serious about stopping climate change, they should support Delegate Robinson’s bill and lead Maryland to 100 percent clean energy.

Veronica Poklemba, Ijamsville

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