Call Ho­gan and tell him to strengthen RGGI

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Han­nah Conti, Bal­ti­more

I was thrilled to see an ar­ti­cle dis­cussing so­lar pan­els in Bal­ti­more (“New Bal­ti­more­based re­port touts value of so­lar power,” Oct. 18) As a stu­dent who cares deeply about the en­vi­ron­ment and as some­one con­cerned about the health of her com­mu­nity, I stand by the ef­forts in Bal­ti­more to in­crease so­lar panel us­age.

The hard­est part of uti­liz­ing so­lar power is that it is ex­pen­sive to re­place the power sys­tems we al­ready have. Although so­lar power, and re­new­ables like it, are more ef­fi­cient than coal and nat­u­ral gas, these are the power sources that we are equipped to deal with, caus­ing high rates of pol­lu­tion and thereby in­creas­ing health risks for our com­mu­nity.

Although our fu­ture seems bleak, there are plans to move our city to cleaner and health­ier en­ergy. The Re­gional Green­house Gas Ini­tia­tive (RGGI) in­cludes a group of states, in­clud­ing Mary­land, that have placed re­stric­tions on green­house gas emis­sions. Re­cently RGGI has been push­ing for stronger re­stric­tions, and un­for­tu­nately Gov. Larry Ho­gan has been push­ing back. Gover­nor Ho­gan has shown con­cern for our en­vi­ron­ment, and thereby our health, but his hes­i­tancy is alarm­ing. Not only do more re­stric­tions within RGGI make it eas­ier for re­new­able en­ergy to be im­ple­mented, but it is also a gate­way to bet­ter health.

My fear is that Gover­nor Ho­gan is not aware that the pub­lic is in­formed and wants to be healthy. We need to act now by con­tact­ing his of­fice to­day so that we can ex­press our con­cerns for to­mor­row.

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