January 28, 2009

Greenhouse gas bill can be a critical step

It was good to read in Saturday's Baltimore Sun about the legislation that could help get Maryland moving to do its part in reducing greenhouse gases ("Md. climate bill seen likely to pass," Jan. 24).

The 25 percent emissions reduction goal the bill would set is healthy, achievable and confidence-building.

In the not-so-long run, the cluster of programs that will flow from this legislation will generate growth and curtail the damage we are causing our environment and would clearly emerge as the right course of action.

Citizens owe thanks to the industrial, labor and environmental groups, as well as legislators, who developed a consensus on the bill's provisions.

And we particularly owe thanks to Gov. Martin O'Malley, whose willingness to bring people together to resolve difficult issues has served us well in the past and continues to do so.

Pat Fulton, Baltimore

The writer is a volunteer for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

Gov. Martin O'Malley understands Maryland's energy needs. That's why he's leading us to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, use less energy and use it more efficiently.

Mr. O'Malley's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act is a strong bill that will put Maryland at the forefront of national efforts to curb carbon pollution.

Doing so will help maintain and build our industries and put systems and technologies in place that will help us achieve further greenhouse gas reductions in years to come.

I applaud Mr. O'Malley and the bill's co-sponsors, and I hope the General Assembly will pass it quickly.

Tommy Landers, Baltimore

The writer is a policy associate for Environment Maryland.

Don't wait for Congress to bail out the state

The state should continue with its budget-cutting ("Budget cuts held as state awaits stimulus," Jan. 27). The money Maryland may get from the federal government won't appear by magic. It may not appear at all.

Maryland needs to learn to live within its means, and if that involves spending cutbacks to a more sustainable level, then so be it.

The state cannot be everything to everyone.

Lawrence Silberman, Burtonsville

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