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February 20, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Clean-energy forum

Taking responsibility, hoping for positive change

With China rising into hegemonic power as the United States slowly gives up its status, it is great that the two are discussing clean-energy technology [“Clean-energy forum lets U.S., China swap ideas,” Business, Feb 18].

The previous, failed agreements only make this forum more important. For every week it takes to reach an agreement and begin acting upon it, China builds another coal-burning factory, which only increases carbon-dioxide output and furthers the need for clean-energy technology.

The destruction of the environment is not the responsibility of the countries who don’t contribute to it; it is the responsibility of those who have caused the problem or added to it.

The United States and China are two of the most influential countries. They need to set an example for the rest of the world.

I truly hope that this agreement will lead to the type of action that will cause positive change.

— Mari Hammerquist, Bellingham

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