30 May '11, 5am

There are synergies here between the battle to stave off the threat of climate change & the fight to fix our economy.

There are synergies here between the battle to stave off the threat of climate change & the fight to fix our economy.

No, the same problems pop up throughout the industrial heartland, in cities like Gary, Indiana, and Youngstown, Ohio, and Chicago. These cities were the center of our manufacturing might for much of the twentieth century, and the Midwest is still the most energy-intensive part of the U.S. economy. Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan together constitute the fourth-biggest source of carbon emissions on the planet. But there are incredible synergies here between the battle to stave off the looming threat of climate change and the fight to fix our economy. Manufacturing the clean technologies that will offset our dirtiest energy sources can be a sort of "economic WD-40" to get the rust belt moving again.

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/article/nrdc-new-industries-for-old

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